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Downtown Mokena merchants might get another go at farmers market

Updated: September 18, 2013 3:41PM



The Mokena Village Board may offer the Mokena Downtown Merchants Association a one-year contract to continue to run the seasonal farmers market, village administrator John Downs said.

Tony Dina, president of the merchants association, requested in June that the board approve the 2014 market by September so the association could secure vendors for the 2014 season.

Trustee Don Labriola proposed that the board go a step further and offer the association a multiyear contract.

“They certainly proved how well they can do that last year,” Labriola said.

Downs said after discussion in an Aug. 26 work session, it is likely the board will vote on a contract offer at the Sept. 9 board meeting.

“The board thought it was wise to probably have a more formal agreement,” Downs said.

If approved, Downs said, the farmers market will remain on Front Street in 2014, but it is “yet to be determined” if the market will move to the Metra parking lot the following year when a noncompete clause in a previous 10-year contract with Bensidoun USA ends.

Front Street is closed to through traffic from about 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 26, the final market day of the 2013 season.

Ginger Brashinger



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