Reduced mall traffic ends annual winter farmers’ market early

The Columbus City Winter Farmers’ Market has ended its season at FairOaks Mall four weeks early.

When the market’s run began Dec. 2, it featured 25 vendors and was scheduled to operate most Saturdays through March 31, market manager Sande Hummel said.

It is ending early, however, due to declining customer foot traffic in the mall, Hummel said.

FairOaks Mall lost anchor department store J.C. Penney a year ago and the mall will soon lose a second anchor, Carson’s department store, which announced Jan. 31 that it would be closing within 10 to 12 weeks. About two dozen stores remain at FairOaks Mall.

During this year’s winter market, vendors sold many varieties of fresh produce, baked goods, grass fed-beef, lamb, pork, turkey and chicken. It also offered fresh honey from local apiaries and an assortment of apples.

Hummel said the Columbus City Summer Farmers Market is slated to begin June 2 in the FairOaks Mall parking lot facing 25th Street with 15 to 25 vendors.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.