Mission hopes to bring weekly farmers market to Johnson Drive this summer; other event changes planned in 2015

The new Mission farmers market is planned for the long green space on the south side of Johnson Drive between Maple and Reeds. Vendors would back into the spaces on Johnson Drive.
The new Mission farmers market is planned for the long green space on the south side of Johnson Drive between Maple and Reeds. Vendors would back into the spaces on Johnson Drive.

Mission is hoping to launch a downtown farmers market this year along Johnson Drive between Reeds and Maple Streets, which has a large green space.

Mission_Farmer_MktWhile the farmers market is not yet locked in, the weekly event is close to being a go, said Mission’s Emily Randel, who is doing the organizing for the city. It is anticipated that market will run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. In the process of recruiting vendors, the city had also floated an alternative Thursday evening time if Saturday was not feasible.

Changes are in store for other city events this year as well. Both the Mission Family Festival and the Battle of the Brisket will not occur in 2015, but the carnival will still come to town. The fireworks will be dropped from the winter tree lighting, although that event will still occur down Johnson Drive. The Mission Convention and Visitors Bureau is re-evaluating its goals and activities according to the city.

The city council Wednesday gave its approval to a $10,000 budget to get the farmers market launched this year. “If it’s going to go this year, it is going to go now,” Randel said. A Mission farmers market was a recommendation of the 2010 Downtown Visioning Committee and has been a longtime goal of the community, staff indicated. “(We) knew all along that the community wanted it,” Randel said.

She said the city is in the process of confirming vendors and making sure it has the right mix of vendors. The response from vendors is encouraging, Randel added. Food trucks also may be part of the mix. “We are not at the marketing stage yet,” Randel told the council.

The market is expected to be held weekly from June through September. Popular farmers markets are now held in Merriam, Overland Park and Shawnee.