Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sneak Peek at Trolley Stop Market

Posted By on Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 6:37 AM

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Whitton Farms' Keith and Jill Forrester held a meet and greet Saturday for a sneak peek at their Trolley Stop Market on Madison Avenue and guess what? The market is located where the Complex once was.

The club’s stage is still in the back, and “we’re keeping it,” said Keith Forrester, laughing. “We hope to eventually have some music in here.”

For now, the Forresters are focused on transforming the former rock club at 704 Madison into a community market and restaurant, pulling together dozens of farmers and vendors who sell locally grown food.

“This is where the flowers will be, and here’s where all the produce will be, and the restaurant will be in the front of the store,” Keith explained, with contagious enthusiasm. “This place is perfectly imperfect, and we like it that way.”

So far, almost 50 vendors are on board for the market. A few were showcasing their goods on Saturday, including Jones Orchard, Shoaf’s Loaf, and Tamika Heard of Makeda’s Midtown cookies, who sells baked goods, ice cream, and coffee at her store near Cleveland and Madison.

Jill Forrester, right, helps customers pick out flowers.
  • Jill Forrester, right, helps customers pick out flowers.

Jill and Keith also were selling the first of their spring daffodils (beautiful!) and produce, including sorrel, kale, and spring onions.

The Trolley Stop Market is scheduled to open in early May. In the meantime, stop by from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the next two Saturdays (April 3rd and April 10th) to see the new market or get a taste of the spring produce that will help kick off the downtown Farmers Market on April 17th.

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