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Market stresses local economy ideas in Rossville

A local economy-oriented market has been launched just south of Chattanooga in Rossville, Ga.
Local farmers participate in the BLVD Project’s monthly farmer’s market at the center of Rossville, Ga.
Richard Daigle is a musician who regales visitors to the Rossville farmer’s market. The December artist is Barefoot Nellie.

The BLVD Project and Rossville Downtown Development Authority are teaming up again to host fall markets Dec. 2 and monthly in the new year. Market time is 4-8 p.m.

By Kate Kyle

The BLVD is a grassroots group that seeks to improve food access, safety, transportation, aesthetics and business along the Rossville Blvd corridor just south of Chattanooga. The markets will be located at 207 Chickamauga Ave. Rossville, Ga., and will feature vendors selling locally grown produce, flowers, original artwork, and consumable personal goods.

The organizations hosted summer markets that were well-attended and well-received by the community. “I’ve reminisced with and met so many great folks during the summer markets and I’m looking forward to returning as a vendor during the fall/winter seasons,” said Julie Simpson, owner of New South Trading Co. “The positive energy this market has generated is a great kickstart for the revitalization efforts of this area.”

“The community was excited to have a positive event on Rossville Blvd,” said Heather Herweyer, Executive Director of The BLVD Project. “A respondent to a survey about the markets said, ‘I just have to say I love that the state line area is making an effort to plan fun things. It’s a great event and we love going.’ RDDA is exploring the opportunity to continue the markets in 2023.”

Flora De Mel will be the food and alcohol vendor for the markets. Barefoot Nellie will perform for the market in December.

The December market will be holiday-themed, and a few vendor spots are available. Interested vendors with holiday items can email for more information.

The Blvd is a group of neighbors, businesses, property owners, and passionate citizens who want to see Rossville BLVD become a thriving community for businesses and neighbors. The organization seeks to improve safety, transportation, aesthetics, and the formation of a formal business association.

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