Needham’s Farmers Market would be well-served by relocating to the Garrity Way in front of Town Hall, according to the Chamber’s Needham Economic Development Committee.
Relocating the Sunday market received strong support at a Re-Imagine Needham Center brainstorming session organized by the chamber to consider ways to revitalize downtown. It later got unanimous support of the Chamber’s Needham Economic Development Committee, a coalition of Needham-based chamber members that includes local merchants, real estate professionals, banks and non-profits.
“Needham Farmers Market is a wonderful community asset and Needham tradition,” said Chamber President Greg Reibman.
“But since 2014, the market has been located in a lot adjacent to the Needham Bank, it has suffered from low visibility. Moving the market to a much more visible downtown spot should be great benefit to the market’s vendors but — even more importantly from the chamber’s perspective — we believe it will bring new foot traffic and energy to Needham Center, which we expect will benefit our restaurants and retailers. “
Jeff Friedman, president of the Needham Farmers Market, believes Garrity Way is large enough to accommodate its vendors and supports to move. The Needham Business Association, Needham Community Council and Plugged-In Teen Program have also endorsed the idea.