Lauren Carey, manager for the Peachtree Road Farmers Market, told the Buckhead Reporter that the city is still reviewing its zoning code relating to farmer’s markets but that the research may be wrapped up soon.
The zoning review mandated some changes in the market’s operations this year that also added expenses.
The Peachtree Road Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning from mid-April to mid-December in the parking lot of the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road in Buckhead,
“The city is actively in legal review of the zoning code. I expect that research to wrap up next month [October] and enable us to understand what changes should be made,” Carey said she was told by Mandy Mahoney, Director of Sustainability for Atlanta.
What this means for the market is, according to Carey, “We will need a police officer to be present each week for the remainder of this season and into next year.
She said the new requirement for police presence costs over $5,700 a year.
“The Zyman Family Foundation has made an amazing offer to match up to $5,000 in donations to cover these expenses,” Carey explained on Sept. 9.
“We have currently raised just over $3,300.” she said. Carey is seeking the additional $1,700 to receive the matching funds by Dec. 1 by asking for donations from those who frequent the market. “I really don’t want to ask the farmers to pay additional fees to cover this expense,” she added.
She said tax-deductible gifts to the market can be delivered or mailed to Peachtree Road Farmers Market, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. To be eligible for the matching program, the gift must be made in the form of a check made out to the Peachtree Road Farmers Market and be received by Dec. 1.
For additional information contact market manager Lauren Carey at 404-365-1078