nice effort

Eddyville, KY

#1 Oct 12, 2009
I attended the first Farm Fest this weekend. This was a fund raiser for the Mount Holly Farmers Market and was organized by Leigh Brinkley. I enjoyed it very much. The food was interesting and tasty, the entertainment was unique and the atmosphere was very relaxing. Almost felt out of yesteryear. I was a little let down in the turnout though. I also expected to see our candidates support this new effort in our city. The Farmers Market is a great addition to our summer in downtown. The only candidate in attendance was mayoral candidate, Phyllis Harris. I took the opportunity to talk with she and her husband Ronnie and I have to tell you, I have misjudged this woman. I have seen her at city functions for years but never really talked with her. I liked what I heard and I liked what I felt even more. She has a very genuine concern for Mount Holly and is a huge fan of supporting our local business. She never once walked around pushing herself on those in attendance but just by being there proved to me that she does care. Where was Mr. Hough, Mr. Moore, Mr. Hope, Mr. Fortner, or for that matter, where was our current mayor and the current council?
Mrs. Harris, I for one have changed my vote and you will be my choice for mayor. I wish you the best!
Farmers Market committee, great job! I look forward to next year. One small suggestion would be to add a little more light. I accidently landed in someones pound cake getting to my seat! It was tasty though!
just sayin

United States

#2 Oct 12, 2009
Thank you Phyllis for that review.
Skids

Gold Hill, NC

#3 Oct 12, 2009
Was invited to the Farm Fest, did not know it was a fundraiser for the MH Farmer's Market though. Guess the MH Farmer's Market is a non-profit organization, anybody ever see any financials on them? Just wondering where the money goes.
Did You Know

Mount Holly, NC

#4 Oct 12, 2009
The FM owns all the tents and chairs there, only charge the vendors $10 a week, have guests chefs, singers during the season and provides marketing, which is pretty expensive. At the first of the year, I heard they only had $1500.00 in the bank. Nobody is getting rich in that organization. They have high hopes to raise enough money for a permanent location.
MH Taxpayer

Concord, NC

#5 Oct 14, 2009
Maybe they could take some of the surplus property off the town, like the police station, or the land that Jim Hope bought for $450,000 in front of the Holiday Inn Express. Just kidding......but,

Do they pay rent for the location that they are currently in? If not, I would think it wise that they don't go into debt to buy a permanent location. Once you start putting assets, especially land, into a non-profit organization sometimes the main purpose of the organization is lost. Once it is lost, people will stop supporting it.

Question: I don't know of any other Farmer's Market that owns its location that it is held on. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Thanks for your information.
Did You Know

Mount Holly, NC

#6 Oct 14, 2009
No I don't think they pay rent now and I don't think they want to buy the location, just have a long term lease like other towns do. Permanent building inside for a year round market. I think Gastonia has a FM that is inside during the winter. Knowing Leigh Brinkley, she is probably looking at Carboro's FM to mimic. I think the city owns the land but the FM leases.
MH Taxpayer

Concord, NC

#7 Oct 14, 2009
Would not have a problem with a long term lease, much preferrable than buying land. In these financial times, it is best to stay conservative.

Carrboro? I hate to bring this up, but the town next to Carrboro is Chapel Hill, and there is a university in that town that supports the farmer's market amd all that goes with it there. If you haven't noticed, not too much business is being done in downtown MH.

Just think it would be wise to stay the course, save your money, enjoy the summer farmer's market, have a festival once in awhile, but forget about making money off of it.

Thanks again for your information.
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Mount Holly, NC

#8 Oct 15, 2009
I think a year round market would be great. We have plenty of empty space in town. What's going on with the old shoe store building on Central. I had heard it was going to be a sandwich shop but nothing seems to be going on there at all. It has room upstairs too. Or, what about the building beside Hawkins Realty. It used to be a tanning business. They have redone it and the downstairs was really nice looking and empty. I would love to see the market year round.
How About

Concord, NC

#9 Oct 15, 2009
How about using the empty retail space in the brand spanking new Citizen's Center?

Don't think anyone will ever rent that space, so an indoor Flea Market/Farmer's Market would be perfect.
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Eddyville, KY

#10 Oct 15, 2009
I agree that no one will ever rent it, but, if you put the market down there, nobody will go! Really, why would anybody ever go down there other than to pay your water bill?
Genuine

Concord, NC

#11 Oct 16, 2009
If it remains as it is I will support it. If it starts acting like a for profit business, I will take myself and my money to Belmont, Gastonia, or Charlotte. Tired of these people profiting off Mount Holly.

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