This past year, the Carlsbad Downtown Farmers Market has been growing more than just produce. Since last year, the actual market has grown by 50 percent and increased its profits by nearly $10,000. With an increase in both produce and customers, MainStreet’s executive director Amy Barnhart hopes that more people will become involved, planting earlier in the year and allowing the farmers market to open sooner.
While growing season might be over for now, Main Street is far from abandoned. With a multitude of fall activities in the works, Barnhart is making an effort to help Downtown Carlsbad grow by keeping the area frequented and helping nurture the sense of community. Her efforts will begin with sign-ups for the Little Miss Merry Christmas Contest, which is a fundraising event to help pay for improvements to Main Street, from decorations to visual additions to liven up the street. There is also the 17th Annual Downtown Fall Festival coming up on Halloween from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and after Thanksgiving, there is the Electric Light Parade.
In addition to fall events, Barnhart and the group work to help interested businesses locate in the heart of Carlsbad. For more information on MainStreet events, call (575) 628-3768 or visit facebook.com/CarlsbadMainStreet.