A challenging growing season, the worker shortage and decreased downtown traffic has caused Duluth's Greater Downtown Council to cancel its farmers market for the season.
The Downtown Farmers Market in Duluth was originally scheduled for every Tuesday at Fountain Plaza on the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street.
Shanda Hanson, the council's marketing and events coordinator, said that prior to canceling the market she spoke with a few vendors who shared that they either didn't have enough produce to continue selling at the market or they didn't have enough farm staff.
“I encourage Duluthians to visit the alternative market options and continue to support our local farmers and makers," Hanson said.
The plan is for the market to return next year, but it may look different.
"There's a lot of demand for more of the maker's market type events," Hanson told the News Tribune. "And with the downtown traffic, we're going to listen to our audience and see what they would want, what would bring people together post-pandemic."
The downtown market started roughly a decade ago. The small market typically hosts between 10 and 12 vendors.
The Greater Downtown Council will continue to host movies in Leif Erickson Park every Friday this summer, in addition to the council's annual celebration Aug. 17 and a golf tournament Sept. 20.
This story was updated at 4:35 p.m. July 22, with quotes from Shanda Hanson. It was originally posted at 1:16 p.m. July 22.