Media Release

Farmer's Market Facelift

Monday, July 13, 2009 1:00 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Facilities Management Division recently completed an upgrade and improvement project at the Alachua County's Farmer's Market on 34th Street and US Highway 441. The original metal Market pavilion facility was built in 1991 with funds allocated by the Florida Legislature specifically for building a "growers only" farmer's market. This project, totaling $249,038.00, was approved by the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, and will provide local growers with additional space to market locally grown produce and products.

The scope of the project includes:

  • the replacement of an old wooden framed vendor's canopy with a new 120' x 30' metal building with a roofing matching that of the main building
  • A 30' deep bay roof addition to the existing structure
  • Area beautification by improving landscaping
  • Construction of steps providing easy access to the restrooms
  • Upgrading of electrical work at the shelter
  • Painting of metal structures
  • Re-sealing and striping of asphalt parking and growers' areas

Expanding the farmers market is in line with one of the major strategic policies suggested by the Alachua County Energy Conservation Strategies Commission (ECSC), that of maximizing local food production and processing. Producing, harvesting and consuming foods produced by local growers enhance efforts in making Alachua County and surrounding areas a more sustainable community.

Alachua County Capital Projects Coordinator Bryan Schneider served as Project Coordinator, Skinner Vignola McLean, Inc., designed the project and OELRICH Construction performed the construction work. The project was completed on time and within budget.

For more information, contact Charlie Jackson, Alachua County Facilities Manager at 352-494-5005 or 352-374-5289 or Ms. Helen Emery or Ms. Linda Hart with the Alachua County Farmer's Market Board of Directors at 386-462-2752.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

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