One more Sunday, then Uptown Market to close

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July 3, 2012 by Sarah M

// By Dylan Thomas //

THE WEDGE — The Uptown Market is closing for good a month into its fourth season.

Organizers of the weekly Lyn-Lake area farmers market announced the closing on Twitter this morning. The last market event will be this Sunday.

A message posted on Twitter just before 11 a.m. today read: “Due to multiple challenges this year, we are simply no longer able to operate.”

The volunteer-run market debuted with four events in 2009 that featured both produce vendors and local artists and craftspeople selling their wares. But that hybrid model — part farmers market, part art fair — came into conflict with city licensing regulations, and forced organizers to limit the number of non-food vendors who participated in 2010, the market’s first full season.

Over its first three years, the market’s presence on West 29th Street shrank. Early markets featured booths stretching from Lyndale Avenue to Dupont Avenue, but the market was rarely more than one block long during the 2011 season.

Paying for the city permits required to close West 29th Street to motor vehicle traffic each Sunday also put a financial burden on the market. Organizers struck a deal this year with Intermedia Arts and, beginning June 10, held the first several Sunday events in the parking lot behind the arts organization located at 2822 Lyndale Ave. S.

The market had been scheduled to run this season through September. The market’s volunteer coordinator did not immediately return a call for comment this morning.

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