Sustainable Glasgow Wants to Turn Unused Building into Permanent Home for Local Farmers' Market

Nov 18, 2013

The Bounty of the Barrens Farmers' Market is currently held along the courthouse square in downtown Glasgow.

If a Barren County organization has its way, an unoccupied building on Glasgow's downtown square will be turned into a year-round farmers' market.

Sustainable Glasgow has applied for a matching grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund to pay for half of the cost of renovating the building.

"It could be our permanent home, it would be on the square, we could have an indoor food court, and we could market more local farm products and farm-to-table prepared foods," Sustainable Glasgow President Jerry Ralston told WKU Public Radio.

The group's plans for the facility would also include a full commercial kitchen and cold storage for produce that could be sold by vendors in the building and wholesaled to local restaurants, schools, and hospitals.

Ralston says he hopes to hear within the next few months whether Sustainable Glasgow's grant application has been approved.

The cost of converting the unused building has been estimated at $300,000. If the group is approved for the state grant, Sustainable Glasgow would then be responsible for raising half that amount.