Delano community farmers market won’t operate this year

WICHITA, Kansas – – For the past four years, the Delano Community Farmer’s Market has been a familiar sight in the Delano District.

Every Wednesday night during the summer months, up to 10 vendors would be set up to sell fresh produce.

This year though, the site of last years event, Lawrence Dumont Stadium sits empty.

Kansas Grown Incorporated ran the market as one of their satellite markets last year.

Market Manager Jim Martinson says the organization decided not to ran the event this year, pulling out a week before it was suppose to open.

“Kansas Grown just made a decision to not operate us as a satellite market which leaves us with no vendors,” said Martinson.

Martinson said on an average night, between 50 to 100 people would stop by the market.

Its those regulars that Martinson says have given the most feedback about the market not being there this year.

“I’ve had a number of emails and phone calls, general sentiment is disappointment that its not going to happen,” said Martinson.

Karen Cravens, who serves as the president of Delano United, says she is hopeful the market will return next year and continue to serve the people in the community who utilize it the most.

“Kansas Grown, for them it was a satellite market for us it was the market that was near the senior center where a lot of seniors get vouchers to spend at market,” said Cravens.

Martinson says they will take the entire year off.

He’s hopeful the market can secure a permanent location and vendors and be back up and running for next year.

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