Daytona downtown development leaders to discuss future of farmers market

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Daytona Beach farmers market has been part of downtown for more than 40 years.

Over the years, it has seen the number of vendors and customers dwindle.

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Some people blame the decline on the move from its old location on City Island to Magnolia street; others say the COVID-19 pandemic is to blame.

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Residents like Jenny Nazak said if the market were to go away, she would have to walk or drive several miles.

“It’s a place where I can walk to or ride my bike to and get almost all of my groceries,” she said.

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For people like Brady Privot who runs Farm to Fit, the farmers market is an essential part of the community.

“There’s a lot of farms in Volusia county and Florida is a huge agricultural area,” Privot said.

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That is why Daytona’s downtown development authority will hold a special meeting to discuss the market’s future.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, September 22 at City Hall at 5 p.m.

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Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.