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Fallout Has Some People Concerned at Overland Park Farmer's Market

There are 25 comments on the Fox4KC story from Apr 24, 2010, titled Fallout Has Some People Concerned at Overland Park Farmer's Market. In it, Fox4KC reports that:

Big changes are underway at the farmer's market in Overland Park. As we first reported on FOX 4 News Friday night, some vendors say they have been asked to leave the market, without being given a specific reason.

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A Concerned Citizen

United States

#1 Apr 24, 2010
The city does have the right to control who they rent space to, but requiring/forcing vendors to post "market" prices takes away from a free market competition and is nothing more than price fixing. I hope these vendors sue the city of Overland Park for such gangster practices.
Truth Hurts

Junction City, KS

#2 Apr 24, 2010
Don't feel sorry for Nancy Malone. If you liked her produce, you can buy it at Liberty Fruit in KC or run down to Rich Hill, Mo. and get it from the Old World Menonites. I have worked in produce for 5 years and personally know that not all is what it seems.
Nothing is what it seems

Baldwin City, KS

#3 Apr 24, 2010
Many city markets will come out and inspect your facilities to see if you are growing what you are selling. It is a practice that should be mandatory. I'm sure there is several sides to this story
russell

Kansas City, MO

#4 Apr 24, 2010
If she violated her contract that is a good reason.
Jeff

Belton, MO

#5 Apr 24, 2010
This is the second news story I've seen on this topic, but I've yet to hear an adequate explanation on why the city took the action it did. I understand that administrator lady, whose job is basically to not say anything of substance, didn't say anything of substance.

But I can't believe these farmers didn't receive some sort of warning from the city, "you're in violation of clause 'X' of your contract; cease and desist or we'll be forced to revoke your vendor's license..." or that, when pressed (by like, oh, I don't know, say a journalist doing their JOB!), wouldn't have mentioned it.

Although I CAN believe that local TV "journalists" were too stupid to find out about it or report on it.
DEBBIE

Cameron, MO

#6 Apr 25, 2010
THIS IS ONLY PART OF THE STORY BEING AIRED. 4 FARMERS WERE KICKED OUT OF THE MARKET ON MAY 1, 2009, THEY ALL WERE 21+ YEAR FARMERS ALSO..THEY DID NOT VIOLATE THEIR CONTRACT BUT THE DOWNTOWN OVERLAND PARK PARTNERSHIP VIOLATED THE CONTRACT.. ALSO HOW ABOUT FARMERS RIGTHS OF FREE SPEECH. TOLD WE WERE NOT TO TALK TO OTHER FARMERS AND WE COULD NOT TALK TO PATRONS OF THE MARKET... THEIR IS A LOT MORE TO THIS STORY AND THE DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET THEN WAHT IS BEING TOLD.....
castrbn

Kansas City, MO

#7 Apr 25, 2010
Just like everyting in Johnson County ( I am a resident) they have to have the highest prices and leave the little man out. I will support the outed farmers
Debbie

Cameron, MO

#8 Apr 25, 2010
Kidder, Missouri Overland Park residents should have a voice about their market in Overland Park Kansas... Please help us who have been kicked out in 2009 and 2010.. The down town merchants who are on the Partnership Board and your city council needs to know that the tax payers and voters and supporters of their businesses in the downtown area are upset and do not like where their market is going....

Since: Jul 09

Basehor, KS

#9 Apr 25, 2010
This is America. Nobody should be told to not talk to others. If it were me, you'd BET I would be talking to everyone! If the contracts were violated, then the City of Overland Park should say what part was violated. They're nothing but a bunch of chicken sh*ts for not saying. I think they're a bunch of liars. I wish the best to the farmers. I will NEVER go to OP Farmer's Market again, and I know I'm not the only one.
snapper

Olathe, KS

#10 Apr 25, 2010
We have shopped at OP's market for years and have really enjoyed it, but this sure sounds like the city is being a little "heavy handed". I hope we hear the whole story and if it turns out the city is just being a bully we will never go back.I worked for years for a company whose management were heavy handed,but I had too. I don't have support this market. Let's hope this situation will be resolved.

Since: Jul 09

Basehor, KS

#11 Apr 25, 2010
Snapper: I had heard the lady that had been in charge of the market, the one that sent the letters, was now gone. I'm not sure if that is true or not, but one of the stations reported it.
Nana

Prairie Village, KS

#12 Apr 26, 2010
They deserve to know why they have been asked to leave!!!!6071
Debbie

Cameron, MO

#13 Apr 26, 2010
from an ousted farmer//May 2009//21 years in the OP market from Kidder,Mo.
We have heard the same thing, but the director of events is still their and is still upholding the previous market managers policies. The city says it has no controll of the market, but i have a dismissal letter that states differently.
RGH

Overland Park, KS

#14 Apr 26, 2010
Were the vendors that were told not to come back given an ethical reason for not returning? Why not give them a reason up front? I would think they would want to have as many vendors there as possible for variety and prices to bring as customers as possible.
RGH

Overland Park, KS

#15 Apr 26, 2010
Sounds a little "Fishy".
wise old man

Kansas City, MO

#16 Apr 26, 2010
Now here is the way you look at this mess. Advertise your produce on the net and watch what happens. Dad grew strawberries when I was a boy and never spent 5 cents on advertising or ever took his produce anywhere. They came ... he priced the way he wanted (always fair) and they came! Different world ... maybe ... but if you want my produce, you come to me and bring money ... not a lot but enough to make me happy. Price it right and they will come ... do not let the politicans control you...
sks

Kansas City, MO

#17 Apr 26, 2010
the root of the problem is right here in these comments. someone doesn't like Ms. Malone (personally) and probably the others that were put out. that person is eliminating his competition simply because he does not like the person. totally unfair. sure would like to know the whole story but, as usual, i'm sure this is the last we'll hear. they never print the end of anything.
someoneintheknow

Gardner, KS

#18 Apr 26, 2010
Debbie wrote:
from an ousted farmer//May 2009//21 years in the OP market from Kidder,Mo.
We have heard the same thing, but the director of events is still their and is still upholding the previous market managers policies. The city says it has no controll of the market, but i have a dismissal letter that states differently.
Debbie, really? are you shocked? Girl,Everyone should have seen this coming in August 2008!
someoneintheknow

Gardner, KS

#19 Apr 26, 2010
DEBBIE wrote:
THIS IS ONLY PART OF THE STORY BEING AIRED. 4 FARMERS WERE KICKED OUT OF THE MARKET ON MAY 1, 2009, THEY ALL WERE 21+ YEAR FARMERS ALSO..THEY DID NOT VIOLATE THEIR CONTRACT BUT THE DOWNTOWN OVERLAND PARK PARTNERSHIP VIOLATED THE CONTRACT.. ALSO HOW ABOUT FARMERS RIGTHS OF FREE SPEECH. TOLD WE WERE NOT TO TALK TO OTHER FARMERS AND WE COULD NOT TALK TO PATRONS OF THE MARKET... THEIR IS A LOT MORE TO THIS STORY AND THE DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET THEN WAHT IS BEING TOLD.....
and tell your mother hi for me *grins*
realist

United States

#20 Apr 27, 2010
People should know that most of the produce sold at these farmers markets and on the street corners are not homegrown but purchased from produce companies and usually are the rejects the stores will not take. Even a lot of the Amish food is bought in bulk and repackaged to lead the public into thinking they are buying homegrown food. This scam has been going on for years. Ask the vendor straight out if he grew what he is selling as he is supposed to be honest if asked most will tell the truth, some won't.

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