[Market-farming] Market Legal Problems -- Assistance Requested

Shelly Elliott shelly at idlethyme.com
Sat Oct 30 11:21:48 EDT 2004

Our fledgling market, The Wyoming Fresh Market, has also had a wonderful
first year. We are looking forward to next year. We were required to
purchase a permit and a pricey insurance policy as well. We decided that
since we want a long term healthy relationship with the county that we would
go along with their requirements. We made a few attempts to get them to bend
the rules to no avail. In the end it all worked out, we had a successful
market year, the county got their permits and we are on good terms to open
the market next year. Good luck!
----- Original Message -----
From: <cheselka at theriver.com>
To: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Cc: <bobdanakern at isp.co>
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2004 2:54 PM
Subject: [Market-farming] Market Legal Problems -- Assistance Requested

> Hello Everyone.  Wow has it been a great 10 months!
> Our little Farmers' Market has been up and running for several weeks now
> and it's been going really really really great.  However, the county has
> gotten wind of us (as a result of a "troublemaker") and is now wanting us
> to obtain a "Special Events Permit" so we can continue to run the market
> where we are.
> Here's the details:  We're running the market on private land located in
> the county.  The county powers-that-be admit that they don't have a
> category for us, but are requiring us to have a permit to assemble local
> farmers at this location to sell their fruits and veggies (we're a
> "producers only" market).  The attorneys who work for the county seem to
> agree with this since there is no Arizona statute stipulating that we're
> free and clear to do what we want.  It's the fact that we're an
> organization (the San Pedro Valley Farmers' Market) on county land doing
> commerce -- or allowing commerce to happen -- that has them all bent out
> shape.
> So my question is this:  has anyone else experienced similar trouble and
> what did you do about it?  Also, if anyone has any suggestions as to what
> to do next, I'm all ears.  Feel free to ask more questions if I haven't
> been clear enough on certain points.  I've cc-ed out market manager on
> email just in case you want to talk to her instead.
> Thanks, y'all!  Happy growin'!
> Matt Cheselka
> Cosmic Lettuce
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