Residents north of town will soon have an opportunity to frequent a semi-monthly farmers market at Shawnee Mall, starting Thursday.

Residents north of town will soon have an opportunity to frequent a semi-monthly farmers market at Shawnee Mall, starting Thursday.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on second and fourth Thursdays each month, a farmers market intends to be set up in the south parking lot in the area between Red Lobster and The Garage restaurants, Safe Events For Families (SEFF) member Ed Bolt said.

“It should be highly visible from the service road,” he said.

The event is planned to be year-round.

Ideally, the market is traditionally better outside, Bolt said, but a backup plan is in the works.

“The mall has the authority to decide whether to bring it inside during bad weather,” Bolt said, “Which is what I believe they are willing to do.”

He said the notion of a farmers market at the mall began when SEFF was approached by the Blue Zones Project in an effort to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

“We were glad to help out,” he said.

An important part of the collaboration, Bolt said, is the concerted effort made to ensure multiple markets will not struggle against each other for business.

“We purposefully have made sure the days and times of these markets are different, so no one is competing,” he said. “The more farmers markets we have, the better.”

Downtown farmers market

Bolt said the Downtown Block Party Neighborhood Farmers Market is set to begin from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 18 — and return for each monthly Block Party event. The market should be available each third Friday through Nov. 16.

Though most of the time the market intends to be set up at Celebration of Life Park on the 300 block of Main Street, it may, on occasion, situate itself a few blocks up or down Main — nearer to events like Trail Days or Boo on Bell, Bolt said.