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Athens Land Trust’s West Broad Farmers Market will open a drive-thru market on May 9th. We are excited to be able to open in this innovative and socially responsible way. The market will be in its new location at 300 S. Rockpsprings Street (in the parking lot of the Athens Housing Authority. This location is the result of an amazing partnership with the Athens Housing Authority - they have made their parking lot available and have provided the use of an acre of land adjacent for the new West Broad Garden. All these activities are within walking distance of the previous site and in better proximity to the residents of Rocksprings Homes. The market will feature all of the same vendors Athenians have come to know and love and is providing an important venue for sales for many small businesses. Our new online market will go live on May 3rd, so click "Learn More" for all the details of how you can shop the West Broad Farmers Market!
Please note: The Athens Land Trust office is closed and all public events are cancelled until further notice.
Even though our office is currently closed, all staff are continuing to provide service over the phone, video or email. We are here to help with your needs.
For our homeowners and renters, we want to let you know that we are here to assist you in any way we can, as we always are. Please call David at 706-614-9636 to talk through any concerns you have.
Lastly, please stay safe and make sure you wash your hands upon entering your home. Always keep your hands away from your face, and practice social distancing. If you feel ill, please limit contact with others. Thank you for your personal efforts to adapt, shelter in place and make public health a priority. It’s a very difficult time and we are truly in this together.
April 23, 2020 Update: West Broad Farmers Market Moves Online!
Athens Land Trust’s West Broad Farmers Market will open a drive-thru market on May 9th. We are excited to be able to open in this innovative and socially responsible way. The market will be in its new location at 300 S. Rockpsprings Street (in the parking lot of the Athens Housing Authority. This location is the result of a partnership with the Athens Housing Authority – they have made their parking lot available and have provided the use of an acre of land adjacent for the new West Broad Garden. All these activities are very near the previous location and in better proximity to the residents of Rocksprings Homes. The market will feature all of the same vendors Athenians have come to know and love and is providing an important venue for sales for many small businesses.
“It’s not quite the opening we had imagined, but our staff and vendors have been amazing and responded to this crisis in creative and flexible ways. We are still very excited about being in our new location, but until we are able to safely gather together, we have created a socially responsible market, where shoppers can still get all of their favorite things,” said Heather Benham, Executive Director of the Athens Land Trust.
The new market will provide for online ordering at wbfm.locallygrown.net. The Market will “open” on Sunday each week at 5:00 pm and shoppers will be able to purchase items via the website until 1:00 pm on Thursday, at which point the market will “close”. Shoppers will be able to pick up their orders via a drive-thru format at the Housing Authority parking lot on Saturday each week between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. There is no fee to sign up to shop with the market, and payment is accepted upon pick-up. The market will be available for the first week of shopping on Sunday, May 3rd, and the first pickup will be Saturday, May 9th. In addition to the online option, residents in the West Broad neighborhood will have
the ability to have menus delivered to their homes each week with a delivery option.
“Our vendors are working on setting up their profiles this week. We will have the same delicious baked goods, fresh local produce, and beautiful arts and crafts that have always been at the Market,” said Ellie Adams, who manages the West Broad Farmers Market.
“We will miss seeing our friends and neighbors, hearing the musical talent, watching the kids ride horses and doing yoga in the garden, but it will all be back when it’s safe. The market was started as a way to support and grow small local businesses, give residents in the West Broad neighborhood access to fresh and healthy food, and create a place where all people can come together. We are very much dedicated to
that vision, and we are excited that we have found a way to deliver on those commitments during this strange time,” said Benham.
With land that is community-owned and driven by community interests, our goal is to create healthy communities and forge partnerships to effect positive change across Athens, Georgia.
What is a Land Trust?
Athens Land Trust is a Community Land Trust (CLT). “CLTs are nonprofit organizations—governed by a board of CLT residents, community residents and public representatives—that provide lasting community assets and permanently affordable housing opportunities for families and communities.
CLTs develop rural and urban agriculture projects, commercial spaces to serve local communities, affordable rental and cooperative housing projects, and conserve land or urban green spaces.
However, the heart of their work is the creation homes that remain permanently affordable, providing successful homeownership opportunities for generations of lower income families.”
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