The concrete walls are exposed and the floors unfinished. The wide-open 8,500-square-foot future year-round farmers market in Everett is bare but for a few model produce racks and a smattering of construction leavings.
But ask Alicia Moreno, the project’s general manager, for a tour and the gray place becomes vibrant as her voice echoes through the building, filling it with a unique vision of a year-round, fresh, local food emporium.
“It is real. The thing is coming to life,” Moreno said. “We’re looking to open sometime in October or November at this point.”
The delayed fall opening is one of many departures from the original plans for the project.
The project is no longer considered a farmers market, Moreno emphasized in an email. It is now a “hybrid between a traditional farmers market and a retail grocery store,” Moreno wrote Friday, July 31.
Less farmers will be involved than originally planned, and the market’s developer plans to hold the reins instead of the Snohomish County Grower’s Alliance.
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