Change Farmers Market Bylaws to Support Local Farmers!!
I would encourage the Marion Square Farmers Market to strengthen their bylaws so only local products can be sold there. As it is, a vendor can buy products from someone else, and sell them as their own, yet everyone assumes all of the product is actually “local.” This is a huge disservice to consumers who want to spend their money on homegrown products, and local producers who can’t compete or differentiate themselves from cheaper products from out of state. The City’s Office of Cultural Affairs runs the Market, so the Mayor should work with them to change the bylaws. Let’s give our local producers the leg up they deserve, and shoppers the high quality, local products they expect.