AUGUSTA MARKET (SATURDAY MARKET AT THE RIVER)

About This Project

The Big Idea: Increase economic activity downtown with the addition of a Saturday farmers market.
Details: The Augusta Market started as the The Saturday Farmers Market on Broad and morphed into the Market at the River and finally The Augusta Market. The market started in 2003 as a project under the auspices of Main Street Augusta with help from the City of Augusta and downtown organizations including Augusta Tomorrow.

The Market has grown since 2003 and moved to various locations before finding its new home at 8th and Reynolds Streets next to he historic Cotton Exchange and extending to the Savannah River.

The Market’s success is seen as the number of vendors grow and the duration of the Market increases. What started as a two month demonstration project has grown to almost 10 full months from March to December.

Progress: The Market is a tremendous success and continues to grow every year. A new addition to the market is a weekly group run that starts and ends at the Market. With the addition of so many new vendors, the Market has extended from Reynolds Street all the way to the Savannah River! The Market was also envisioned as a business incubator. Many entrepreneurial vendors, after starting and developing their fledgling businesses at the Market, have opened individual businesses and restaurants in the urban area and beyond.

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CENTRAL DOWNTOWN CORE