• http://www.myspace.com/joylee7 Joy Rapaglia

    These new rules and fees are ridiculous. It is a farmers market, not a chain of super stores. Being in Maine, there are many farms, and thus many markets. They are a great way to get fresh produce, homemade items, and help the farmer earn money. It is a way of life for some, and they have been doing this for generations. I say, leave the people alone, and let them sell their goods in peace.

  • http://www.affps.com Patrick Dennis

    As the owner of a company specializing in art markets and festivals I am shocked that so many fresh food markets in Atlanta have never applied for nor received any type of permit to operate for many years. After strong neighborhood demand, my company opened a local farmers market in Atlanta. (FYI: The City of Atlanta DOES have a permit process to operate and it’s not costly or difficult to obtain.) We made sure the farmers were protected with insurance, and operated legally. Suddenly other groups began agressively protesting our business because they got “caught” without a license or permit, and then took the protest to the media. We closed our small (non profit) farmers market in the interest of keeping the peace, but why does Atanta arbitrarily apply the law to some and not others? Isn’t public safety supposed to be for all citizens? I strongly support farmers markets but there should always be regulatory oversight for health, safety and tax purposes. Regulatory oversight does NOT impede the farmers ability to do business. IIn fact, it helps them by protecting them from potential harm. A permit and oversight requires the venue host to be a good and legal steward as required for all public events. If they refuse, then they are actually taking advantage of farmers and growers by taking their money and not following the law, exposing the market participants to possible fines up to $1000 each.
    The City of Atlanta should wise up. Open air markets are good for the economy, encourage entrepreneurs and attract tourists. But they need oversight. Apply the ordinances to these events fairly, and business will continue to “bloom.”

  • Market Lover

    I think the point that people are missing is simple, there are rules in place. Follow the rules and you can set-up and run, the same way that you have always run.

    These are not the “same rules that apply to one time big events”, they have always been in place, even five years ago, trying to circumvent the process, by not following the rules simply got you in trouble. Their are safety concerns that need to be followed and permitting process, and when the rules apply to you, you cry foul. Secondly, the fees associated with these events are no more than what you – yes you – are charging the “farmers” and everyone else to be there for the day, take the one day collective fees that you charge and get the permit. SIMPLE.. then you’re in compliance, just like everyone else, even those that have the one day event.

    WAIT!! here’s a thought, maybe the fees are too much for the people that have the ONE DAY event. I mean think about it,, you’re operating every weekend,, why should the ONE DAY events be charged a fee at all.. its only one day.

    Folks,,, its simple, follow the rules.

    I love markets, I visit and attend markets all around the rule, I think its exactly what the community needs, wants and enjoys. I think that cities should have markets, the more the better, Eastern Market in D.C. is a fine example of what can be done, and there are several in Atlanta that have really made a difference in many peoples lives.
    So YES.. I think that markets should be allowed and should be permitted.

    But, its simple,, follow the rules and guidelines put in place.

    I’m not saying that the rules and guidelines don’t need to be fixed so that markets can happen… but, I do think that their should be rules,,, I mean who wants a trashy old flea market on every corner?

    But to say that a $30 fee or $200 yearly fee is more than “some farmer’s market” is frankly a load of cow manure… that’s typically what they take home in one day,, and no I don’t mean $30.. smart $#@!.

    How many “farmer’s” have said,, if I don’t make $500 or $1000 dollars its not worth my time.. their certainly not doing it for free.. their making money,, just like the big chains that have to follow all of the guidelines and rules,, so you don’t get sick…

    Don’t be so narrow focused and look at the good that can come out of this..

    Crying foul because you got caught not following the rules… sounds like my two and three year old, crying because they get caught…

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