Pat Ayscue has been on the job as manager of the Vance Regional Farmers Market for a few weeks now and says she’s been listening to farmers and vendors to try to find ways to best suit their needs.
Ayscue told WIZS News Friday that Tuesday’s “twilight market” is just one way to float new ideas at the farmers’ market – a kind of feasibility study, if you will.
The twilight market will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be just like any other market day, she said, just a different time frame.
Folks are usually “out and about” on Saturdays, looking for a market open during the morning hours, and she hopes that providing some flexibility during the week will create more interest. Those who work Monday through Friday can’t always get to the Wednesday market. And it would allow folks who work on Saturdays time to visit and shop as well, Ayscue said.
“If I could get (customers) to show up during the week like they do on Saturday,” it just may be by making the hours more flexible.
“Farmers are out there working all the time,” she said. Her job is to listen to their conversations and learn what it is they are looking for and what it is they need.
The Twilight Market will be open Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.