By Angelo Parlove,

With the Palmer Lot redevelopment project set to be completed in June or July this year, the Chelsea Farmers Market still will not relocate to the new space in 2018.

“Its just good practice of business to keep something in one location for the duration of the season. If we can, it’s just better for us to stay in one spot,” said Emily Griswold, manager of the Chelsea Farmers Market.

“But we’re really excited about the new space for the coming years,” she added.


At their regular meeting April 2, Chelsea City Council approved the resolution and special event permit for the farmers market to locate at the municipal parking lot between the Chelsea Library and Chelsea First United Methodist Church along Park Street for the 2018 season (May 5 until Oct. 27). The market has used this location in the past.

The market will use the parking lot for the duration of the season. It is sometimes difficult for vendors to reorient themselves to a new space mid season, Griswold said. Staying put also helps patrons to orient themselves with market practices.

The farmers market will move to the Palmer Lot redevelopment in future years, though, City Manager John Hanifan said.

“Obviously that’s a better location in the long run, but it would be detrimental to the market to move it mid stream,” he said. “It is the long term plan, and one of the uses for [the redevelopment].”

When completed this summer, the new Palmer Lot redevelopment will be a community gathering space, including an archway, pathways, stage area, and space for the farmers market.