Will Darien Farmers Market Move to Whole Foods’ Parking Lot? It’s Being Discussed

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Darien Farmers Market opens 2019

Not much competition from other customers Wednesday morning when Darien Farmers Market opened for the year

A proposal to move Darien Farmers Market to the parking lot of Whole Foods Market was put on the agenda for last week’s town Planning & Zoning Commission, but the item was removed because an agreement hasn’t been reached at this point, the commission was told.

“They haven’t pulled it together yet,” Planning & Zoning Director Jeremy Ginsberg said of the farmer’s market organizers and Whole Foods. “It might be on a future agenda.”

The Darien Farmers Market just opened in the Goodwives Shopping Center parking lot, where the market takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Darien Farmers Market opens 2019

The scene when Darien Farmers Market opened for the year. Could this be in the Whole Foods Market parking lot?

“They have been talking about the possibility of moving,” Ginsberg told the commission. If they do, they’ll need to go before the P&Z to get permission for a change in the property owner’s site plan, he said.

When David Genovese, principal of Baywater Properties, presented the proposal for the downtown project now called the Corbin District, he said an area of the project would be perfect for the farmers market, Ginsberg said.

“David has since met with the farmers, and they’ve talked about that future,” Ginsberg continued. “But David hasn’t gotten started yet, and he’s at least one, two years away from that future, in the meantime, the farmers —

P&Z Chairman John Sini interrupted to say, “Three year’s completion […] realistically.”

“Realistically,” Ginsberg agreed.

Commission Vice Chairman Steven Olvany asked, “Do they [the farmers market] want to move or is it the landlord [Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc.] that wants them to move?”

Ginsberg paused as Sini looked at the ceiling and said, “All of the above?”

Ginsberg continued to pause. “Ah, I would say —”

“You can say ‘All of the above,'” Sini said.

“Let’s say all of the above,” Ginsberg replied.

Sini chuckled, adding, “All right. It’s a great amenity in town.”

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