To the Editor-
I’m a food vendor at the square and a local business, I’m writing on the behalf of non-produce farmers’ market vendors. I am opposed to expanding the farmer’s market for more vendors, because I see that it’s hurting everyone’s business incomes.
Before the farmer’s market had expanded to the current vendor level, it had good sales and was a great business. But all the changes in the previous years and current numbers of vendors today, it’s seems to be more difficult for business because of all similarities in products.
I believe that expanding the market will only make the situation worse. We’ve had many problems in the last couple years with produce and non-produce vendors fighting over business, parking spaces, and difficulty in getting set up. As of right now, we have two vendors who are selling food, two bakery vendors, and two coffee vendors. I don’t see a need for more vendors, especially when there is also other food service businesses within walking distance.
I see many farm vendors take almost the same amount of produce home everyday and throw it back in the garden for compost. This means there too many vendors for the customer base.
I don’t see a need to expand the number of vendors to get more customers. What we need is to do more let the community know that there is a market downtown for them. When more customers come and we can’t supply the produce they want, then we can look at growing the market.