Overland Park residents want to see farmers’ market grow but differ on how that should happen

Overland Park Farmers' Market

Nearly 50 residents turned out Tuesday night to discuss the future of the Overland Park Farmers' Market downtown, above. The aging pavilion near Clock Tower Plaza hasn't been used for the past two seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the city has begun the process to take bids to potentially redesign the downtown site. Image via City of Overland Park.

A community discussion on the future Overland Park Farmer’s Market revealed some common themes Tuesday night — flexible design for growth, sustainability features like solar panels, composting and glass recycling, accessibility and off-season use.

There was also some discussion of whether the market should remain an open-air event, as it has been in its temporary spot at the Matt Ross Community Center parking lot over the last year.