Hoping to raise its visibility among local residents, the Arbutus Farmers Market is making its alternative location its new permanent home.
For the past two weeks, the market had been held on a parking lot near the intersection of Oregon Avenue and Sulphur Spring Road in downtown Arbutus.
The weekly summer market, now in its second year, had had to move from its usual area on the parking lot of the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department to accommodate the Fire Department's annual carnival.
Patti Sue Nolan, president of the Arbutus Business Professional Association, which runs the market, said the new location should bring greater visibility for the vendors, only three of which were open for business July 19.
Nolan said the market, which usually averages seven vendors, missed two vendors because of vacations and an organic farming vendor because the recent scorching weather had taken a toll on his crops.
"It's my theory that once people get in their cars, they're not stopping until they get home," Boardley said at the market on July 19. "Here we get more of the community because we're in the heart of the community."
Though the new lot is smaller, that could be an advantage to the vendors who show up, said Rebecca Stoecker, who sold vegetables for Stoecker Farms in Middle River and White Hall.
"I think people were pretty receptive to us being here," Stoecker said July 12. "When you have everybody in here, it makes it look a lot busier."
Nolan said the market will now focus on drawing shoppers from the community as it builds on its success the past two weeks at its new location.
Arbutus resident Randy Shaffer purchased some squash from Stoecker Farms just before 5 p.m. on July 19 and said both the former and current locations are convenient to his home on Old Sulphur Spring Road.