Farmers Market is 'Big Business'

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Farmers Market is 'Big Business'

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Farmers Market is 'Big Business'


Sanford (Fla.)
Farmers' markets--Florida


Newspaper article, written for the <em>The Sanford Herald</em> in 1969, on the history and business of the Sanford State Farmers' Market.

Located at 1300 South French Avenue, was founded in 1934 in order to provide a central location in which farmers would sell their produce directly to consumers. The idea for the Sanford State Farmers' Market was devised by Fred Dorner and Gus Schmach, both members of the Seminole Agricultural Club. Sanford Chamber of Commerce president Harry Papworth also contributed to the development of the market. The Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) authorized construction plans on June 11, 1934. On June 20, 1934, the City of Sanford donated a portion of the Alex V. French properties to the State Marketing Board, which selected the northwest corner of French Avenue and Thirteenth Street. The board approved the installation of telegraph and telephone equipment, as well as a three-pump filling station. The Sanford State Farmer's Market opened on December 18, 1934. By 1939, the Farmers' Market was bringing a total volume of business of $627,065.81. In 1941, business volume reached over $700,000. On April 4, 1957, a fire destroyed the building and caused damages estimated at $2.5 million. Reconstruction began almost immediately and the Farmers' Market was expected to re-open by the fall of 1957. In 1991, plans were created to restore, preserve, and convert the citrus packing house into a museum.


Microfilm of original newspaper article: "Farmers Market is 'Big Business'." The Sanford Herald, July 29, 1969: State Farmers' Market Collection, Museum of Seminole County History, Sanford, Florida.


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ca. 1969-07-29

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Original newspaper article: "Farmers Market is 'Big Business'." The Sanford Herald, July 29, 1969.

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of microfilm copy of newspaper article: The Sanford Herald, July 29, 1969.

Is Part Of

The Sanford Herald, July 29, 1969.
State Farmers' Market Collection, Museum of Seminole County History, Sanford, Florida.
Sanford State Farmers' Market Collection, Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Is Referenced By

The Sanford Herald, July 29, 1969.




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1 newspaper article






Sanford State Farmers' Market, Sanford, Florida

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28.800733, -81.273112

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History Teacher
Economics Teacher


Originally published by The Sanford Herald.

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Copyright to this resource is held by The Sanford Herald and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

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Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

Florida. Florida State Farmers Markets:...Annual Report. Jacksonville, Fla: Board, 1945-, 1945.
Lewis, L. H. Florida State Farmers' Markets. Tallahassee, Fla: State of Florida Dept. of Agriculture, 1955.
Sheffield, Glenn. "Sanford State Farmers' Market." The Historical Marker Database.

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