JRC Adds New Market Manager

Linnea Carlson

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation has announced the hiring of Linnea Carlson as their new Jamestown Public Market Manager.

“We are so excited to add Linnea to our team. She brings a fresh perspective and a lot of great new ideas that will take the Jamestown Public Market to the next level,” said Lisa Hatch, JRC executive director.

Carlson, a native of Frewsburg, has always enjoyed all that Chautauqua County and Jamestown in particular have to offer. She obtained a master’s degree in clinical social work from Fordham University, a bachelor’s degree in social work from State University of New York at Fredonia and started her education with an associate’s degree in human services at Jamestown Community College.

Carlson resides in Frewsburg with her boyfriend, Ben, and their three cats. They love to try new restaurants and explore all that Jamestown has to offer. In her spare time, she volunteers as a Girl Scout troop leader and enjoys cooking using locally sourced ingredients.

Carlson was most recently the Creating Healthy Communities coordinator at Chautauqua County Health Network where she worked on promoting healthy retail and healthy worksite development. She has also spent the last two years volunteering at the Fredonia Farmers’ Market, where she improved their social media presence, worked on outreach to attract SNAP recipients and conducted cooking demonstrations and videos.

Her background and training will allow Carlson to enhance the Jamestown Public Market, with plans to have more cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, new market events and fresh entertainment. She is also looking to grow support for local agriculture and encourage community interaction with local farmers.

“I love that Jamestown has so much that a larger city can offer, but still maintains that small community feel,” Carlson said. “My biggest goal for the market is to transform it into a community destination that will make people wake up on Saturdays and know that the Jamestown Public Market is the place to be.”

The market will run every Saturday from June through October, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to the Jamestown Public Market, Carlson will also manage a new Mobile Market that will bring fresh produce to three locations within Jamestown. This program will allow individuals who are not in close proximity to a grocery store the opportunity to purchase locally grown foods. The Mobile Market will kick off this summer — details will be announced as they become available.

For more information on the Jamestown Public Market, visit facebook.com/jamestownpublicmarket, Instagram at instagram.com/jamestownpublicmarket or call Carlson at 489-3497.