ROUSES POINT - Although the community of Rouses Point enjoyed having a farmers market at Rouse Park last year, in order for it to continue, a new organizer is being sought.
According to Geri Favreau, co-manager of last year's market, the Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market will not be working with the village again at the Rouses Point Farmers Market.
"Not that they don't have faith in us," Favreau explained, "or think it's a great idea. It's just, they have their focus in Plattsburgh."
During the past year, Favreau said she has received many positive comments from area residents, and other crafters and vendors.
"I've had a number of people tell me what a great idea it was," she explained. "They would like to see it come back."
In order for it to come back, Favreau said she is hoping someone in the area will step up and take on the role of manager.
"I'd be willing to work with somebody. I just don't want to be in charge of it this year," she said.
Last year, the market was held every Thursday from 2-6 p.m. because it was the best time for the Plattsburgh market. However, Favreau said the separation from Plattsburgh may give some leeway for the new organizer.
"Maybe if we're not a part of a farmers market, maybe we could change the date to a Saturday or Friday," she explained. "We're really looking for somebody to who would be willing to step up and organize it. Make changes if they wanted to."
Favreau doesn't foresee any potential problems with keeping the market at Rouse Park, except in terms of insurance.
"One of the biggest advantages to have the Plattsburgh market here was insurance," she said. "[The market wouldn't need insurance] if we had vendors that would come just as peddlers and vendors and not be apart of a formal market."
However, Favreau said the village board has been supportive of various events that have been brought to the community, and would probably not have any issues with the use of the park.
"All of those details would have to be worked out," she said.
In the past, other vendors have come to the area to sell their products, without actually being a part of a market. That's an example which gives Favreau hope a new farmers market can be created.
"We have the people that come in and sell corn. They've been here ... many years," she explained. "They've come and they set up and they sell corn. They just pay a peddlers fee."
In order for the market to be held again this year, Favreau added the organizer would simply contact other vendors, such as the corn sellers, to see if they'd be interested in setting up.
"I got a lot of phone calls last year from different people that wanted to come," she said. "[The manager] would have to reach out and find people who have produce that they want to sell, and maybe crafters."
If interested in helping to bring back the market, contact Favreau at 297-2604 after March 8.
"It takes a couple of years to get something off the ground," she said.