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People Watcher

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Apr 16, 2012
 
I am really excited that Arnold is going to have a Farmer's Market!! Does anyone know when it will open?
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Apr 16, 2012
 
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Apr 23, 2012
 
Wow! Do you know where it will be?
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Apr 24, 2012
 
It is my understanding that it will be @ Fox Middle
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Apr 26, 2012
 
People Watcher wrote:
It is my understanding that it will be @ Fox Middle
correct and I think May 5th
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Apr 27, 2012
 
What kind of kickback is Fox C-6 getting for this market?
Trying for Peace

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Actually, it's very expensive to participate. These farmers have to have product liability insurance, vehicle liability insurance, general liability insurance, AND a No Tax Due letter from the IRS. Aren't these local growers just trying to sell their homegrown products? How can they afford to do this? Doesn't Fox carry insurance at all? And please tell me how a homegrown tomato constitutes carrying product liability insurance. The app is on the city website. Take a look -- it's downright overkill.
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Trying for Peace wrote:
Actually, it's very expensive to participate. These farmers have to have product liability insurance, vehicle liability insurance, general liability insurance, AND a No Tax Due letter from the IRS. Aren't these local growers just trying to sell their homegrown products? How can they afford to do this? Doesn't Fox carry insurance at all? And please tell me how a homegrown tomato constitutes carrying product liability insurance. The app is on the city website. Take a look -- it's downright overkill.
I will not be selling or buying. I will go to the little House Springs every other Friday market, or the Desoto market. Booooo on Arnold!
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Trying for Peace wrote:
Actually, it's very expensive to participate. These farmers have to have product liability insurance, vehicle liability insurance, general liability insurance, AND a No Tax Due letter from the IRS. Aren't these local growers just trying to sell their homegrown products? How can they afford to do this? Doesn't Fox carry insurance at all? And please tell me how a homegrown tomato constitutes carrying product liability insurance. The app is on the city website. Take a look -- it's downright overkill.
Here we go again...make it hard for the small business. That's Arnold. lol not surprised!
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Fox is not getting any "kickback" from this other than an opportunity for the students to learn about their local foods. The school has been very generous.

Trying, yes, Fox has insurance and the City also has insurance for what happens on the market grounds; however, that wouldn't stop someone who went home and became ill from a vendor's food from suing the vendor. Not only is it relatively inexpensive to obtain a vendor general/product liability policy (~$300/year without a second line of insurance through Farm Bureau,~$100/year with a second line) and should be considered a cost of doing business, that policy is good wherever the vendor sells, and thanks to a generous donation from a local citizen, the City is offering to subsidize half the policy cost up to $150 for produce vendors...that means a produce vendor would really only be out $50-$150 for the year plus booth rent.

As for vehicle liability, everyone is supposed to have that anyway under state law.

While on the face it might seem expensive, we have worked very hard to ensure our rental prices are lower than most of the other markets. One of our vendors even told us it made it nearly impossible for them NOT to vend because his cost at the end of it all was around $6-8/week. Regarding the insurance, they couldn't seem to understand why a vendor wouldn't want to protect himself/herself from that liability - but, of course, you are entitled to your opinions.

I think it will be a high quality market and really lift up the community.

I hope to see all of you there. If you do not wish to patronize the market, I am sorry to see you go. However, to those of you who asked when and where, the market opens this Saturday, 8 a.m.- noon, at the Fox Middle School campus. The market will continue each Saturday, same time, through the last Saturday in October. The only times the market will not operate is in the event of inclement weather (at the discretion of the Market Manager - the market will be open for rain, but not for severe weather such as lightning and strong winds), and the Saturday of Arnold Days when the tents are needed at the city park.

For more information, visit the market at www.facebook.com/arnoldfarmersmarket . Thanks!
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Trying for Peace wrote:
Actually, it's very expensive to participate. These farmers have to have product liability insurance, vehicle liability insurance, general liability insurance, AND a No Tax Due letter from the IRS. Aren't these local growers just trying to sell their homegrown products? How can they afford to do this? Doesn't Fox carry insurance at all? And please tell me how a homegrown tomato constitutes carrying product liability insurance. The app is on the city website. Take a look -- it's downright overkill.
Seriously, EVERY Business has to have Insurance. An the No Tax Due Letter shouldn't be a Issue IF You pay your taxes like your suppose to every single year. An again EVERY Business in Arnold must provide one of these letters in order to recieve there Business License. If all other Businesses in Arnold must provide these things why shouldn't the Vendors have to during the Farmers Market?

Stop your Bitching and find something Productive to do.
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I have been looking forward to the opening for a long time, and was really bummed out when I got there. It seems like it be more like a swap meet (albeit upscale, but still....) which is fine, just not what I expected. The vision I had was smaller Soulard market. When we arrived there was only one booth with veggies. I am hoping that more vendors will participate and it will get bigger!

But on a positive, the High School Jazz band did a great job, and I bought some great soap!:-)
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This thing is terrible. Went there Saturday. More like a flea market. No vendors or customers either. Very disappointing.
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Jun 1, 2012
 
Personally, I am bummed out. I had hoped to not have to drive to Soulard all the time and have a bit more selection than the place across from Rickman (forgot the name?) and Imperial Produce.

It's really too bad this has seemed to not pan out.
Want Squash

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Jun 1, 2012
 
Well, most farmers do not have a lot of produce in yet. Tomatoes are finally starting to ripen, there will be more and different veggies as the growing season continues. This market opened kind of early, we had an odd spring so the cool weather crops growth was slowed quite a bit. Give it some more time. Farmers Markets are not established in a couple of weeks, they get better with time.
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Want Squash wrote:
Well, most farmers do not have a lot of produce in yet. Tomatoes are finally starting to ripen, there will be more and different veggies as the growing season continues. This market opened kind of early, we had an odd spring so the cool weather crops growth was slowed quite a bit. Give it some more time. Farmers Markets are not established in a couple of weeks, they get better with time.
Huh? You apparently know nothing about farming or horticulture. The warmer spring will lead to crops earlier, not later. A warmer spring causes an earlier pollination, not delayed.

What spring crops grow faster in cool weather? Please, name one. In fact, increased food production was actually of one of the few benefits associated with "Global Warming." I am not sure if you are daft, or you think that we are. Another spectacular waste of tax payer money.
Want Squash

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Jun 2, 2012
 
Maybe I do know a little something. The warmer spring kind of screwed things up. Some things would have grown, had they been planted, but no one knew it was going to stay warm that early. Lettuce, spinach, peas, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts are some of the cool weather crops. They are what matures in the spring. Their growth slows when it is too warm. Tomatoes are just now starting to ripen locally along with beans, peppers, etc. Some strawberries are already done for the season. There are other berries ripening and ready now.
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Sep 11, 2012
 
Give it time to grow. Something like this has to start small and as word spreads, more people will become interested. I would like to see more efforts on educating the public about the market as well as spark interest for new vendors. Our garden was all but destroyed by the drought. In our excitement, we created a very large garden making watering it by hose difficult and expensive. Live & learn. We have pumpkins, watermelons & gourds coming in now and look forward to showing them off at a booth at the market. The organizers need to keep plugging away and those who value the idea of a farmers market in Arnold should do their part to get the word out. Just like a garden, this effort needs to be nurtured and it will grow. Happy planting y'all!!

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