[Market-farming] Grower Only Farmers Markets

Alex McGregor waldenfarm at sprintmail.com
Wed Jan 24 12:24:38 EST 2007


Allan,

There is no "grower only" philosophy out there somewhere.  Each market has
written their own based on local situation, who is asked for support...

If you're selling the idea to a town council, you may want to include
dollar turnover figures in a local economy, the experience in other cities
of a farmers market located in a town's commercial area increasing sales
for merchants on market day, farmers markets being a part of the
revitalization in urban areas...  You will have to decide which issues to
address based on the local situation.

Some of this info is readily available and some isn't.  I suggest you start
with your regional Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D). 
They have a lot of statistics on rural economy and it's impact on towns. 
(Our RC&D Council writes grants to support our market.)

I would suggest that you get to know a council person, mayor, city manager
and whoever else is a mover or shaker in the town.  Selling them on the
idea will help a whole lot more than walking in cold to a meeting.



Alex McGregor
Walden Farm


> [Original Message]
> From: Allan Balliett <aballiett at frontiernet.net>
> To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: 01/24/2007 9:17:36 AM
> Subject: [Market-farming] Grower Only Farmers Markets
>
> I'm really interested in talking our town council into supporting a 
> grower only market here. Although I can find many grower only markets 
> advertised on the web, I can't seem to find any succinct 'grower only 
> market' philosophy laid out, something that I could show the town 
> council, something about how supporting local growers is good for the 
> entire community. I thought there was actually a 'grower only market' 
> advocacy group operating out of PA, but I haven't been able to find 
> hide-nor-hair of that group.
>
> Can anyone help?
>
> thanks
>
> _Allan Balliett




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