[permaculture] The Hillsboro, N.C. Farmers Market, a Vendor Operated Market needs your support

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Tue Jun 12 13:34:05 EDT 2007

If you have relatives, friends or acquaintances who sell at the Hillsboro, N.C. Farmers Market now is the time
to show support for them and for keeping that market a vendor operated one offering access to its resources to all
farmers in the Orange County region.

A basic and essential fact about farmers markets:

What makes a farmers market a success? The vendors and the quality products they  bring to sell to the public;

not boards of directors, presidents, department heads, rules, regulations, excess fees, bureaucracy, red tape, hoops to
jump through, waiting lists, etc. etc. ad infinitum. People are attracted to the markets in their region and come each
week to see the farmers and homemakers who brings the fine things they like to buy and take home with them to enjoy.

Do they come to witness the spectacle of officious, self-serving market politicians bestowing favors on loyal
non-competitors as they carry out their protectionist agenda? Hardly. Because protectionism is illegal.

The HFM is facing a takeover attempt by a small group of insigificant vendors, non-vendors and retired hobby farmers
who want to deprive vendors of any control over their market and limit access by new vendors based on an arbitrary and
protectionist agenda. They waited until others did all the work of starting and nurturing the HFM, obtained land and a
federal grant for a shelter to put on it and now that it has matured and shows signs of becoming one of the best in this
part of N.C are trying to steal it from the vendors for their own exclusive use.

Show your support now for keeping the Hillsboro Farmers Market a Vendor Operated Market.

Lawrence F. London, Jr.
Venaura Farm
lfl at intrex.net

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