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Elkhart Farmers market will eventually move downstairs

The Elkhart Community Farmers Market will eventually move to the lower level of its Main Street location.
Posted on April 23, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 23, 2013 at 4:37 p.m.

ELKHART — The Elkhart Community Farmers Market is losing its enviable visibility on South Main Street, but it’s not moving too far.

In fact, the farmers market is moving downstairs.

The change of scenery from the past year at 224 S. Main St. will not happen immediately, but will require a different way to access the market after the transition.

The switch to the basement will mean access to the market will come from behind the building on the east side, said Tom Langley, the market manager.

Langley said the change was prompted by the landlord, who wanted to make the main level retail space available for another use. The upside is that the landlord will take care of some of the renovations needed for the basement and that access from the alley will provide nearby additional parking, he said.

Langley said a date for the move to the lower level has not been set and is dependent upon completing some remodeling.

The market closed temporarily earlier this year after its first year of operation on Main Street.

The market is now open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Last week, the store had an indoor garage sale promotion and will do that again this Saturday, April 27.

Beginning in May, the market will function much like it normally does with a larger selection of produce, he said.

The store will remain open on Saturdays until the first week in June when the market will resume regular summer hours.

Last year, the market was open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but Langley did not specify what summer hours will be this year.

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