|Tammy Inscoe, market manager at the SOKY Market Place farmers market.
|Josh Walker of Gallatin, Tenn., sells mushrooms on Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Beech Bend Indoors Farmers Market. (Austin Anthonyemail@example.com)|
By KATIE BRANDENBURG firstname.lastname@example.orgTammy Inscoe, the new market manager at the SOKY Market Place farmers market, said the work combines things she loves: Food, feeding people and farming.
Inscoe, who studied culinary arts at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, was a pastry chef with Aramark at Western Kentucky University and an adjunct professor, teaching basic baking at SKYCTC.
Her family has a farm in Logan County, where they raise cattle and crops including corn and beans.
Inscoe began work in the new position April 20. She does farm inspections for vendors, manages the market on market days and will handle scheduling for the planned commercial kitchen after it is completed.
Everything is running smoothly, and so many people are so helpful and excited, she said.
SOKY Market Place opened April 4 after joining forces with SKY Farmers Market, previously located at The Medical Center. It is supported with funding from Warren County Fiscal Court, along with grants.
Plans for the market include a commercial kitchen in the old Taylor s Chapel AME Church.
This weekend, the market is expected to be in a newly built pavilion behind the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center. For now, it sets up between Hitcents Park Plaza and Bowling Green Ballpark and has about 32 regular vendors, Inscoe said.
Public Works Director Josh Moore said work is being done on wiring for the 19,200-square-foot pavilion and tying the 600-square-foot bathroom into sewer.
Weather permitting, he said the farmers market should be able to move this weekend.
The farmers market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. A grand opening is set for June 6.
Brittany Young, chairwoman of the board for SOKY Market Place and county extension agent for family and consumer sciences, said nine applicants were interviewed for the market manager position. The board unanimously voted to hire Inscoe.
Tammy had the organizational skills that it s going to take to run a market, Young said.
She said Inscoe brings good experience to the market. Young said Inscoe came to the board with creative ideas for events and plans to sell more goods and support the market.
Inscoe is an employee of the farmers market, and her salary comes from farmers market revenue, Young said.
Inscoe said she will be talking with people in the community about the market and recruiting sponsors.
She said she wants to promote the connection that many of the market vendors have to WKU and work to get more of their products served in restaurants.
A newsletter and website also are planned, Inscoe said.