Ridgeland will host its first city-sponsored Farmers Market this weekend after officials approved an agreement with a church.

The market has been named the True Local Market of Ridgeland and has been in the making for six years. The market will be held beside the First United Methodist Church on Jackson Street.

Community Development Director Alan Hart said that he was happy to present the proposal Monday night during a city work session.

The first item was an agreement between the city and the church to provide a space for the event.

“We are very excited to finally present this in front of the board. My office has been working on this for a while. We have been looking for the right team player, and I think we have found the guy,” Hart said.

Overseeing the project will be Gabe Porter, who has worked with several such markets including the now-defunct Rainbow Grocery in Jackson.

The agreement with the church says that the city will be mainly in charge of the event and will provide all sanitation, utilities, liability and other support the event may require as well be in charge of putting up signage to prevent driving or parking on the church’s lawn. The Farmers Market will also pay the church a fee.

Either party can cancel the agreement with seven days notice.

The Farmers Market will commence on Saturdays and Sundays from October 20 to December 20. Saturday hours will be 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays will run from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

They expect to draw crowds of at least 50 people a day. The event will generate no overtime for the Police Department though on-duty personnel will make regular check-ins and patrol the area periodically.

Hart told the board that their vendor selection was “selective” and ensured that all items sold will be locally-made and sourced to support local artisans and growers.

McGee noted that they had several quality artisans looking for a venue after Rainbow Co-op in Jackson announced its closing in July.