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Speak your mind
On Saturday, Nov. at 3 p.m. you will have the opportunity to help shape the future of the King George Farmers’ Market. There is sentiment on the Board of the Market to uninvite the Westmoreland farmers who have graced the market this summer for the first time. This should not happen.
We use the word “graced” because that is what they are done. There are only 22 spaces available in the parking lot of King George Elementary School. Five of those spaces this summer have been used by these Westmoreland farms: Land and Sea Farms, Eagle Tree Farm, G. Flores, Level Green Farm and Santa Cruz Produce. Two of these farms are owned by Doug Jenkins, a well-known Westmoreland waterman and political figure and the Sisson family, another well known Westmoreland family.
The produce and seafood brought to the market this year has been outstanding and added to the variety and strength of the market and to the diversity of the people who bring their produce each week. There, I said it. Diversity. You figure it out.
Since Board members have not been about to agree on the Market’s future and who can participate, President Jane Van Valzah has written the notice of public hearing printed next to this opinion piece. She is asking for your input.
Since its inception in 2009, the market has grown from grossing $25,000 for local farmers to more than $100,000 this year. That makes it profitable for families to farm and come to market. The egg cooperative at the market is always busy and having chickens is now high style in the area.
The market has a flourishing SNAP program and 150 low income families have used the market to get fresh, local foods. And Anita Davis’ Farm to School program in King George Schools is buying Farmer’s Market food. How good is that for everyone! How great of her!
Almost 15,000 people have come to the market this summer. Why would we want to limit the farmers who can join in this economic development tool? And for what reason? Come on! We are all Americans.