The Ramsey Farmers Market and The Draw Summer Concert Series has been a successful collaboration between the city of Ramsey and Ramsey Foundation.
According to Mark Riverblood, parks and assistant public works superintendent, 968 more vehicles were tallied coming into the COR development area where The Draw park is located when compared to what the city normally gets on a weekday. And the city estimates that one in every 10 people walk or bike to the farmers market and concert.
The last free Thursday outdoor summer concert is Sept. 12.
A teenager band from the Braven Music School called Time Well Spent will be playing classic rock songs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 29.
From 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 5, the 13-member Dan Perry and Ice Cream band will be playing classic rock, blues, R&B, pop, jazz, and country songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s.
BOB FM will be doing a live broadcast Sept. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Those who shop at the farmers market that evening will receive free food from the grill.
The farmers market is open from 3 to 7 p.m. on these Thursdays.
Riverblood said these concerts, which are paid for by sponsors, and the farmers market has built a sense of community and a way to support the sponsors and the small businesses that bring healthy, locally-grown produce to the market.
“This, to me, is an example of park facilities functioning not only as a place to recreate, but also an element of sustainable economic development,” Riverblood said.
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