The deadline for proposals is Aug. 7, said Christine Bergmark, the commission's executive director.
It's part of the commission's larger effort to grab a bigger piece of the region's $26 billion food budget, Bergmark
Regional producers serve less than 2 percent of that now, she
said, and with consumers increasingly favoring local sources of food, the commission wants to capitalize.
"That whole sentiment across the state has really grown, and I don't think it's going to go away anytime soon," Bergmark
The commission has about $1 million for the land purchase, she
said, though it cannot legally own the site because of recent legislative changes.
Instead, the commission will search for a third party that would manage the park and hold the title on the site.
If the law changes, allowing the commission to own the land, the contract would stipulate that ownership be returned to the commission, Bergmark
The commission would like to have a narrowed list of sites chosen by next month and send out a request for proposals, she
"I think it could be really a tremendous boon for the region and a great model for the rest of the state," Bergmark