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Vendors may not need to pay for permits at Linton farmers market next spring

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Plans to revive the Farmers' Market in Linton's Humphreys Park may bring a new policy designed to help those who grow more than they need.

Now, some small produce sellers may potentially be allowed to vend that surplus produce for free -- reversing a prior policy where all vendors were charged for permits to sell their goods in the park.

The effort, organizers hope, could revive and revitalize the plan to establish the farmer's market in the city park.

"We tried in 2008 but that was the year of the flood and it just fizzled," said John Danner, who helped organize the last bid by the city parks to host a farmers market. "I doubt that I'll be involved in the new effort but I wish them luck."

No formal decision's been made as yet regarding the change in permit restrictions.

However, if it occurs, the free passes will likely be limited to Saturdays.

"They'll have to abide by our rules, but we have a while to make those up," said City Councilwoman Linda Bedwell, also a member of the Parks Board.

As one part of a coalition which sought to install a farmers' market at Humphreys Park in 2008, Bedwell's pleased with Parks Board President Dick Kaiser's suggestion the fees be waived.

"I always had thought (a farmer's market) was a good idea," Bedwell said. "When we tried it before, the first year we tried it it just rained and rained and rained. This year it's been so dry, nobody really had much of a garden. I still think there's a good interest in it."

Bedwell was assisted in her efforts by Danner, Shad Cox and Frank Cox, the latter of whom frequently sells his wares and produce in the park.

"We worked hard looked into how they did it in Bloomington," the site of one of the area's largest farmers' markets. However, "it just never really evolved into what we wanted it to become."

Any changes, Bedwell said, will likely come next spring at the earliest.

"It's kind of be late to get something started this year," she said.

The sales could potentially limited to Saturdays beginning next year, and will allow those with surplus crops from their gardens to turn a small profit selling their wares.

Those up to their ears in corn, under attack by a pile of killer tomatoes, or so sick of eating 'cukes' they could puke may soon have relief, courtesy the parks board.

"This is good for the people who have a little bit extra left, more than they can eat themselves," said City Councilman Fred Markle during the regular Parks Board session last week. "They can get rid of what they don't need, and maybe pick up something they want from somebody else. Everybody wins."

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Produce wont wait to be the best just to sell on saturdays. Why not have a signup for certain days listing what they plan to have. Dont flood the market with substander products on one day a week only.

-- Posted by frenchie_31 on Sat, Sep 29, 2012, at 8:39 PM

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