Plan for 2nd farmers market delayed

June 18, 1998|By Erika D. Peterman | Erika D. Peterman,SUN STAFF

Ellicott City won't get a farmers market this summer, but the prognosis looks good for 1999.

The county had planned to open a market there in July after the Dobbin Center farmers market -- a merger of last year's Dobbin and Oakland Mills markets -- debuted last month.

But officials decided it was too late in the season to make a go of it in Ellicott City, according to Philip Gottwals, an agricultural marketing specialist for the Howard County Economic Development Authority.

"We only got two firm commitments from farmers," Gottwals said. "That would be a pretty pathetic farmers market."

Gottwals said the county hopes to make the market -- which would be Howard County's second -- a reality next year.

Residents of Ellicott City have made known their desire for such a market in their area, he said.

"It's got a great consumer market there," Gottwals said. "We get a lot of phone calls from people. It seemed like just the right atmosphere."

In the meantime, the Dobbin Center market is healthy, Gott-wals said.

Despite concerns about low sales there after midsummer last year, the merger appears to be successful. The market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays.

"It's doing very well," Gottwals said. "They sold out yesterday."

Pub Date: 6/18/98

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