FarmShop is moving to Old Town
FarmShop is moving to Old Town! After three years on what has been dubbed ‘The Coolest Corner in Wichita’, FarmShop is moving its offices downtown.
The space at the corner of 11th and Bitting in Riverside initially began as an office, then moved into locally produced food and Maker focused retail sales including plants, organic garden supplies, etc. with the goal of helping local producers reach more customers.
In the summer of 2016, FarmShop agreed to take over the operations of Old Town Farmers’ Market and began the transition process. Last spring, after the Farmers’ Market season began, we shifted the space in Riverside back to offices with the understanding that we would have a better opportunity to move our local food system forward through the Market.
One of FarmShop’s latest announcements is a new winter farmers’ market at Distillery 244 Old Town. We have partnered with the good folks there to create OTFM @ Distillery 244. Reimagining the way consumers connect with area producers, OTFM @ Distillery 244 will operate from November through mid-April, which is when the Market moves back outside to Old Town’s, Farm & Art Plaza.
This year has been very exciting. In addition to our daily field service schedule, we have put a ton of work into revitalizing Old Town Farmers’ Market, designed a school garden plan and installed raised bed gardens for St. Thomas Aquinas. We were invited to represent the 'food and garden’ category at KMUW’s Science Saturday event in preparation for the Science Friday event at Orpheum Theater. We were honored to have been selected to design and install a commercial Pollinator Landscape for Beesponsible Honey and have partnered with Orie’s Farm Fresh to organize the first annual, Orie’s Garlic Fest in October. Also in October, we are representing the ‘local food system’ at the fourth annual, EcoFest at the Arb. This Bartlett Arboretum event started as FarmShop’s own, Catherine Johnson’s M.Ed. culminating project and has become an annual celebration of all things eco. FarmShop’s President, Luke Snow, will also be one of the EcoFest Depot speakers with a Landscape for Life presentation based on The Sustainable Sites Initiative Program.
As of late, Luke Snow and Jason Van Sickle, president of Old Town Association and founder of Gallery Old Town are discussing ways to combine efforts and expand Old Town Farmers’ Market in 2018. Drawing thousands of people each week, Old Town Farmers’ Market is a weekly destination for area residents and has become a must-see for visitors to our city. FarmShop's goal through Old Town Farmers' Market is to be a valued catalyst for the advancement of small-scale, locally focused businesses by serving both producers and the community equally. Previously limited by the perimeters of Farm & Art Plaza, we are looking at opportunities for additional space downtown, and strategies for the inclusion of food trucks, new vendors and events through the outdoor season.
The move to Old Town places FarmShop within feet of both Market locations with our new offices located at 216 N. Mosley in the Labor Party building, a coworking space dedicated to creative business professionals. FarmShop is a company who loves Wichita. We are deeply honored for all of the support from the community - including the City of Wichita, Old Town Association, Distillery 244, Wichita Downtown Development Corporation, as well as the 70 plus, small, locally focused businesses we work with regularly.