Restaurant Notes extra: What do you want to see in the food market at Electric Works? Other than Trader Joe’s; community forum planned

Stephanie Hoffman and Jon Dove prepare grilled meat for Hoffman Organics on Saturday morning at the Fort Wayne Farmers Market along Barr Street near the YLNI Farmers Market. The Huntertown farm serves cooked meat every other week at the market and sells packaged meat there weekly. An Electric Works surveys asks about residents' use of the local farmers market and what they might like to see offered at the former General Electric campus' planned Public Farmers Market. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com

We know every time we ask what food place Fort Wayne should get, Trader Joe’s comes up. Now you can mention it again.

Leaders of Fort Wayne’s downtown farmers’ markets and the developers of Electric Works want to hear from area residents on what types of food they hope will come to the planned Fort Wayne Public Market at the former General Electric campus on Broadway.

Phase 1 will include 600,000 square feet dedicated to office, education, retail, restaurants/food hall/public market, innovation space and residential.

The space for the public market will have open-air and enclosed spaces for both the summer farmers’ markets at Barr Street and the winter market at Parkview Field. The online survey will be available for resident input until June 15. The 10-minute survey is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ElectricWorksPublicMarket. A Spanish language version is at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ElectricWorksMercadoPublico.

Part of the survey asks where your household gets its fresh food, how you rate Fort Wayne’s food stores rate in terms of quality, pricing and freshness, your attendance at the Barr Street market and what types of food you’d like to see, including baked goods, fresh meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, fresh roasted coffee, wine and beer, and candy.

“The public market is a key element of Electric Works because it will provide a unique community gathering space where local residents and visitors can buy foods grown and produced in northeast Indiana from local entrepreneurs,” Jeff Kingsbury, a partner in RTM Ventures, which is leading the public-private development effort, said in a news release Thursday. “The envisioned public market builds on the success of the city’s farmers’ markets by providing an improved home for the outdoor farmers’ market while also providing indoor spaces for vendors who want temporary or permanent retail facilities.”

Results from the survey will be analyzed by Market Ventures of Portland, Maine, a firm that specializes in the planning and development of public markets. Market Ventures led the planning for the award-winning Grand Rapids Downtown Market and Milwaukee Public Market.

For more information, visit the Electric Works website.

Community forum

Question-and-answer session that includes News-Sentinel.com’s Kevin Leininger

WHEN: 5:30-7 p.m. May 29

WHERE: Anthony Wayne Room, Grand Wayne Convention Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd.

ALSO: Open to the public. No registration needed.

Have restaurant news? Call Lisa M. Esquivel Long at 260-461-8354, send email to lesquivel@news-sentinel.com or a fax to 260-461-8817 or write Restaurant Notes, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

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