By SAMANTHA PIDDE
The City of Mount Carroll has agreed to work with Farmers Market organizers and participants due to an expanding market and extra vendors.
Chamber of Commerce representative Pam Sorg and new Farmers Market organizer Karen Ehlers attended the Tuesday, July 27, Mount Carroll City Council meeting to report the popular Farmers Market has been expanding this summer and they are outgrowing their space along Market Street. Ehlers said she anticipated 22-23 vendors for July 31.
Sorg requested the city consider making Market Street a one-way street, going west, during Farmers Market. She also asked if they could curve the market vendors around the corner of the courthouse onto Main Street. She said the county has allowed them to utilize Courthouse Square, but it is filling up this summer.
Mayor Carl Bates was unsure about enforcing the one-way street idea, but was willing to try during the next weekend or two.
Ald. Joe Grim and Ald. Doug Bergren suggested putting some sort of road closure sign, while Water and Sewer Supt. Bill Zink suggested utilizing a detour sign. The city agreed to work on something to handle traffic and the increased number of vendors.
Farmers Market is held 8 a.m.-noon every Saturday from May until October. For more information, visit the Mount Carroll Farmers Market Facebook page or email email@example.com.