The Oxford Park Commission received a $56,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but the city needs the state Legislature’s permission to create the market.
Lawmakers routinely approve dozens of local-and-private bills each session to let city and county governments do specific projects. Freshman state Rep. Brad Mayo, a Republican from Oxford, says the bill for the farmers’ market was one of about 40 local-and-private proposals that died because the legislative session ended three days early.
Some of the federal grant could be spent on a pavilion and other infrastructure for a farmers’ market. Mayor Pat Patterson and other officials are figuring out what’s next.