After a couple of attempts that included a change of hours and a new market manager, Historic City News was informed that the sponsors of the Lincolnville Farmers Market, are suspending operations for good.
In August 2013, Historic City News reported that too much heat and too little produce led to the closing of the market in the historically black Lincolnville neighborhood. At that time, Sue Agresta, speaking for the non-profit citizen group, told reporters that her intention was to re-open in late October at harvest time.
“Although the market could not ultimately sustain itself, we believe that it helped in bringing our community together and in showcasing Lincolnville to neighbors and visitors from all over St. Augustine,” Agresta told reporters this week in a press release.
That summer 2013 re-opening was delayed until February 2014; when we reported that experienced market manager, Nico Heather Recore, would serve as Lincolnville Market’s new manager when they re-opened in March, 2014.
The original market hours, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each Sunday, were pushed back an hour until Noon to 4:00 p.m. to better accommodate community church schedules. The Lincolnville Market convenes on the fields next to the Willie Galimore Center, located at 399 Riberia Street in St Augustine.
“As a thank-you to our loyal vendors, we invite you to set up with us at no charge during the final two Sundays,” Agresta said. “We thank the City for allowing us use of the park and we thank the Jaguar Foundation for providing electricity, which we know will go to power future events and projects in Eddie Vickers’ Park.”
When asked how Lift Up Lincolnville Revitalization Corp., would dispose of remaining funds donated to the market effort, we were told that they “will go towards useful projects for our beloved Lincolnville.”