Some of the farmers at the market are deeply worried about the new apartment development. One farmer I spoke to, who did not want to be named, said that he will leave the market when the development is complete. Weston has “put my kids through school and paid my mortgage” he said; still he is planning to wind his operation down in three years.
The current design of the proposed development will mean that the farmers can’t bring trucks near to the tables—essential, this farmer says, to doing his job. He goes in the truck many times every Saturday to fetch new produce, and he says it wouldn’t be feasible to run back and forth to a truck parked off site.
Daniel Winberg, a principal at Rockport, knows about the problem. He said
We (Rockport and Artscape) had a meeting with 7 vendors last Saturday (July 18th), including 3 that have large trucks. We have long known that truck parking is a concern and we are working on ways to address it.
To that end, we continue to actively work with the BIA to ensure that the Farmers Market returns to the site, and recognize that the market’s success will be an essential component of the overall success of the John Street revitalization.