I'm trying to redirect a non-food realated discussion from my local board.
I don't like craft vendors at farmers markets. When going to a farmers market I'm looking for fresh produce. I don't even like too many prepared food vendors when they start to take up room that can be used by farmers.
If I want to buy cooking oil, jellies, jams, etc,etc ... there are stores that do that. If I want to buy earrings ... there are stores that do that.
However, there is no substitue for fresh from the farm produce other than driving out to a farm. Supermarkets don't do it as well.
I was complaining about too many craft vendors at a local farmers market. One vendor wrote ...
"Perhaps it is not that they have too many crafts stands, but too little produce. I would hope the Napa area is supportive of their local artists. How many weekly or monthly art (or art and craft shows) can you name? As artists, we are desperately trying to stay afloat and reach the public. The economy has created a need for us to move to northern California. We used to be in the weekly Santa Barbara Art and Craft Show on the Beach. While we did not make enough to brag about, we did manage to survive. Here we are fighting to find any venues possible to show our artwork. Spending the hours and/or days required to create artwork, driving hours to your venue, hours setting up your display or taking it back down, hoping to sell enough to cover your expenses and give you a small profit if you are lucky... this takes determination and lots of will power. But first and foremost, we are artists. Build an art and/or craft show, and we... along with many other artists, will come. Until then, I am sure the artists and craftspeople attending the Napa Farmer's Market are very grateful to be there, and thankful you take the time to look at their ware. And hopefully, you will find something to compliment your home or lifestyle!"
The problem is that crafts stands take up spaces that could be used by farmers. Fewer farmers, fewer customers going to the market. Eventually it defeats both the craftspeople and farmers.