[Originally posted on Jan. 30, 2008. Reposted due to popular demand.]
The bright green flyers handed out at this weeks’ OB Farmers Market only told part of the story. A concerted letter writing campaign, orchestrated by the owners of Blondstone, is underway, asking City agencies to end or severely restrict the Farmer’s Market, the Holiday Parade and other OB events that include craft fairs.
Vendors at the Farmers Market have found themselves targeted by escalating inspections in recent weeks, as governmental agencies, responding to this campaign have been scrutinizing activities at the weekly market, which takes place every Wednesday on Newport Avenue, starting at 4pm.
According to the flyer, attempts by the OB Town Council to engage Blondstone’s owners in meaningful dialogue have been repeatedly rebuffed, and many vendors now fear that the Farmer’s Market may ultimately be shut down as a result of this campaign.
Supporters of the Farmer’s Market are being encouraged to contact the OB Town Council, OB Planning Board, OB Mainstreet Association and local elected representatives to voice your support for the continuance of these events.
In case you’ve been missing out on the weekly markets, we’ve included some photos with this posting.