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Proposed Farmers Market in Yorktown generate opposition from local farms and supporters


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Proposed Farmers Market in Yorktown generate opposition from local farms and supporters

MisterBill2 | Mar 17, 2012 01:18 AM

So, finally someone has decided to open a farmers market in Yorktown. It will be on Saturdays on property owned by the local fire house in downtown Yorktown. Apparently the 3 local farms are unhappy and their supporters are posting complaints in an article on the Patch website.

The 3 farms in question are Meadows Farms, Stuarts and Wilkins. I thought the latter 2 only sold apples and pumpkins and Meadows is very expensive and does not sell everything (and apparently nothing organic). It's amazing to see people actually opposing this when Yorktown residents have had to travel to other towns to shop at their farmers markets for years (and I am sure that many do, instead of shopping at the local farms, it would be naive to think otherwise). I spoke to the person who is going to be running it and she said that she offered to let the farms have booths at the market for a very nominal fee but they had not accepted. It seems to me that they would want to be involved and increase awareness among people who attend the market (who may well not know about them) for the other 6 days of the week. Most interesting in the comments so far is that the farms have apparently been fighting to keep a farmers market out for years. I know I spoke to someone from Community Markets at one of their markets and they said they had no interest in Yorktown. The opponents also ignore the fact that farmers markets sell much more than just produce.

If there are any Yorktown area residents who feel that this opposition is ridiculous, feel free to join the discussion (and of course if you agree with the opponents I can't stop you from posting that, either). And is anyone aware of other areas where local farmers have opposed a farmers market being brought in for fear of competition? I know they have farmers markets in areas like Poughkeepsie and Rhinebeck where I am sure there are local farms.

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