By Briana Williams–

After three years, the Belknap Farmer’s Market will close for 2017.

U of L administration shut the market, located outside the Ville Grill, down due to low attendance.

The Sustainability Council started the Farmer’s Market in May 2014 and featured local produce, baked goods, snacks and homemade body and skincare products. The Farmers Market’s goal was not just to provide local goods, but also to promote healthy lifestyles to the U of L community.

Farmer’s Market Manager Darlene Shircliff and Associate Vice President of Business Services Mark Watkins notified vendors of the market closing, expressing their disappointment. Shircliff and Watkins were hopeful the market would return and that a break would “initiate some excitement and anticipation for future markets.”

The annual Holiday Bazaar will continue despite the shutdown because of the high number of attendees. 2016’s Holiday Bazaar was one of its most successful, seeing over 400 people walk through the event. Shircliff and Watkins hope the Spring Bazaar can continue as well, but no confirmation has been made yet.

The Gray Street Market will remain open and will begin in May.

File photo/ The Louisville Cardinal