The Clermont Downtown Partnership (CDP) will go before Clermont City Council on Tuesday, February 13 at 6:30 pm to get approval to operate the Sunday Farmers Market for another year.
The CDP is a non-profit Association of small business owners in the Downtown area, which operates the Farmers Market on Montrose Street. The Farmers Market was started 10 years ago by the Clermont Downtown Partnership to bring more traffic to the downtown area and assist the local merchants.
Most local Downtown Clermont merchants report that they make as much as 25 to 50% of their weekly sales on Sundays. If this Farmer’s Market is moved away from the downtown streets by the City Council, it will negatively and severely impact their businesses with less foot traffic and shoppers on Montrose Street and the surrounding downtown area, said a CDP representative.
The current Sunday Farmers Market on Montrose Street features over 60 vendors each week, selling an assortment of fresh, organic and hydroponic produce, seafood, cheese, sausage, baked goods, coffee, plants, collectibles and assorted crafts. They offer a veterinarian, food trucks, fresh baked foods, chef demonstrations, entertainment as well as other weekly and seasonal themes.
The CDP uses their Farmer’s Market funds to create many extra Clermont events like the Heritage Festival, Harvest Fest, the Downtown Clermont Art Festival, First Fridays, Food Truck events and many other important community activities.