TRURO - With only one roof truss left lying on the ground, Jamey Coughlin stands back watching with all the air of an expectant father.
"Ohh, I'm so excited," the general manager of the Truro Farmers' Market said, in anticipation of the last truss being lifted into place, for what will become an open-air canopy addition to the Saturday venue, now located at the former fire hall on Young Street.
Construction of the 40 foot by 132 foot canopy is part of an overall $121,000 project that will also see improvements made to the parking lot.
Both vendor and customer activity has increased since the market moved to its new site and Coughlin believes it will continue to grow.
"We're generally getting around 2,000 people on a Saturday," he said, of the crowds of late, compared to an average of about 1,500 customers at the former location.
The increase in customers is partly credited to having both indoor and outdoor space, which has allowed for the offering of prepared foods and other tastes, such as middle eastern foods.
"So it allows us to have more vendors and more vendors means more customers and more customers means more vendors and it just kind of grows," Coughlin said.
"It's good for the vendors, it's also good for the downtown. Because when people come downtown on market day they don't just come to the market. They go to Inglis Place, they go to the grocery stores they go to shop at other markets."
Having the open-air canopy also offers the possibility for the site to be used for other activities.
"So it just opens so many more public uses," he said. "Could there be an antique market? Could there be a wine garden? Could there be a square dance? Could there be a busker festival?
"Our objective with this move was to create the best of both worlds; the best of an open-air market, the best of an indoor market. And hopefully we're getting close to accomplishing that."
Construction of the canopy and parking lot is expected to be complete by about early to mid August.