The fundraising aspect of Thompson's venture stems from his 16 years working in professional sports, most recently for the Adirondack Phantoms.
"I was responsible for putting on events and getting people to come to them," said Thompson.
The Malta Drive-In Market's grand opening is Sunday, May 22. There are already about 35 interested vendors but Thompson is hoping to find between 50 and 75 to display.
"I'd like to get to 100 but 50 and 75 is a good place to start," said Thompson.
Vendors can sign up for different passes: a monthly pass to display one Sunday per month, a season pass to display every week or a single pass to display one time.
Thompson is confident he'll reach his beginning goal because news of the new market is buzzing.
"I had a guy call yesterday who makes his own soap and a guy called me today from Maple Valley Farms," said Thompson. "We'll have an interesting mix. There's a guy doing muffins and someone doing jewelry, a comic book dealer and some antiques."
Anyone interested in manning a booth at the market can find Thompson's contact information online at www.maltadriveinmarket.com.
The Malta Drive-In Market will satisfy Thompson's desire for an open-market in the area, but he wants the venture to go a step further and find its place as a favorite summer destination.
"There are a lot of attractions in the area that are well known and loved that come up every season, and we want to be on that list," said Thompson. "We want to be that fun thing for families to do on a weekend in the summer months."
The market will be open Sundays from May 22 through early October. The Malta Drive-In Theatre is located on Route 9 and is open from the last weekend in April until September.