After issues, City of Richmond takes back control of 17th Street Farmers Market

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The City of Richmond has taken back control of the 17th Street Farmers Market after numerous issues with management.

8News has confirmed that Enrichmond is out, and the city once again has the reins.

We’re told operations will be taken over by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department starting July 1. The shift comes after dozens of complaints about the non-profit’s ability to maintain the newly renovated farmers market.

You may recall back in March, business owners pointed out tire marks, electrical wires hanging from unfinished sheds, and they also questioned where the landscaping and benches were that they were promised for the market square. 

Enrichmond also planned to bring in their own vendors for events, which restaurant and bar owners argued would take business away from them.

Enrichmond addressed the change in power in a newsletter issued Friday. The Executive Director John Sydnor writes, “I wanted you to know how proud Enrichmond is for the strides achieved as the market came to life under our brief interlude in its long and storied history.  We will watch from the sideines as the next chapter begins with the City and Legacy Vendors leading the charge.”  Sydnor went on to say Enrichmond will focus on the Historic Evergreen and East End Cemeteries and TreeLab.

As a result of the change at the Famers Market, we’re learning some events planned by Enrichmond, like Baconfest, could be moved to another location. In the meantime, ‘Music Night at the Market’ returns Friday, May 10 from 7 to 9 pm.  On Saturday, the ‘Night Market,’ which was seen as a big success, will also be back with vendors, artists and live music.  That returns May 11.

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