After operating in the Oakland Nursery parking lot since 2012, the Dublin Farmers' Market has closed -- for this year, at least.

Market organizer Jaime Moore said road construction was a big factor in the decision to shutter the market.

The construction at the Riverside Drive-state Route 161 roundabout caused customers to avoid the area, creating a lack of drive-by traffic that the market has relied on to be successful, she said.

At its peak in earlier years, the market would attract 500 people on summer days. At the end of the market season last year, there were days when less than 50 customers would visit, Moore said.

"It was really, really low," she said.

Construction last year also had an impact on businesses in the Historic Dublin District.

Rick Gerber, president of the Historic Dublin Business Association, said most business in the district have reported a revenue loss at an average of 18 percent that he attributes to the roundabout construction and the road closure on North High Street.

A widening project on North High Street between North Street and Indian Run Drive has caused North High Street to be reduced to one-way, southbound traffic until November.

The construction and resulting lack of attendance at the market also caused a decrease in the number of vendors, Moore said.

The market had previously been held in the afternoon on Wednesdays May through September and featured between 20 and 25 vendors, she said.

Vendors would come from primarily rural areas such as Chillicothe, Circleville, Marysville and Mount Gilead.

In 2016, the number of vendors decreased to 10 to 12, Moore said. Vendors said they couldn't justify the expense in commuting to Dublin for so few customers, she said.

Market growth

Moore first became involved in the Dublin Farmers Market in 2009, when it was held in the parking lot of Dublin Community Church on Bridge Street (state Route 161) in Historic Dublin.

Market organizers decided to leave that spot in 2012, she said, because customers had a difficult time gaining access to the parking lot.

In 2012, the market moved to the Oakland Nursery Garden Center, 4261 W. Dublin-Granville Road, which was more popular with customers, Moore said.

"We had this surge of customers," she said.

Each Wednesday a couple hundred customers would attend the market, she said.

Between July and August, that number inflated to 500 people.

"The construction has been really challenging for us, because people have been avoiding the area," Moore said.

Moore said she plans to talk to vendors to determine whether they want to come back for the 2018 season.

The decision will hinge on what construction is going on in the area and how much foot traffic is in the Historic Dublin District.

She said she hopes that by then the development will have brought in more traffic to the Historic District.

She said she expects to announce a decision About the market during the beginning of next year via social media.

"It requires a lot of effort, and people have to really support it if they want it," she said.

Dublin Mercato

Another Dublin market also has closed this year.

The Dublin Mercato, which opened last year in June at the Bridge Street Firehouse, will not be coming back.

The inaugural season last year was slated to include market days Thursdays and Saturdays through September.

Founder Terri Albanese said she decided to close the market because she was unable to manage the time commitment.

She said she's not sure whether she would bring it back at some point in the future.

Albanese said she enjoyed sharing Italian products and meeting the customers.

"They were absolutely wonderful," she said.

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