GLADWIN – Construction has begun at the Gladwin Farmer’s Market for it’s pavilion expansion project. The groundbreaking took place on August 10 and the market remains open while construction crews continue to work.
According to Gladwin City Manager, Chris Shannon, the construction company, Gerber, has been made aware that the market will continue to take place on Saturdays and has done a good job of not interfering with business at the market during operation hours.
The expansion project to the farmer’s market pavilion has been in the works for a long time and finally began full construction in mid August. This expansion will double the size of the old farmer’s market pavilion increasing the size 60 feet on the south side of the pavilion and 20 feet on the north side.
According to Chris Shannon, this expansion will not include the historic marketplace expansion that would combine the farmer’s market with the historic village and provide updates to both. The historic marketplace expansion is currently on hold due to the required state funding that will not be available until the state is able to review their financial landscape after funding for the COVID-19 pandemic lightens.
The farmer’s market pavilion expansion was funded through a USDA rural development grant for $100,000 as well as a $40,000 contribution from the city’s general fund. According to Chris Shannon, the long-awaited expansion should be completed around the second or third week of September. The Gladwin Farmer’s Market is open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays.