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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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Lawrence, KS

#21 May 2, 2010
This is outrageous. The city needs to make public exactly why these farmer's were ousted. I've repeatedly read that the market manager wanted at least one of the farmers to raise prices to be in line with other vendors; and she was upset that he would not raise prices. That's called PRICE FIXING and it is against the law. Here we are in a recession where the average folks are struggling with prices of produce through the roof at the grocer...just trying to buy a little more reasonably at the farmer's market and the city want's the prices jacked up???? Any city employee associated with these actions should be tossed out of their job and the vendors in question should be immediately reinstated.

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Basehor, KS

#22 May 3, 2010
I agree MDavis!

Since: Jul 09

Basehor, KS

#23 May 3, 2010
Maybe Problem Solvers needs to look into this.
Kate Maricle

Overland Park, KS

#24 Jun 7, 2010
Nancy Malone purchased most of her produce from Rich Hill, Mo. Ms. Malone knows full well why she wasn't invited to be a vendor in the 2010 season. One specific example I can recite is this - Nancy Malone's daughter was working in the market and accused a woman of stealing a green pepper. Instead of asking the woman to look inside her purse, she grabbed it and rifled through the woman's purse. Of course, no green pepper was ever found. The woman's daughter called the Partnership Office and complained about the mistreatment her mother endured from Nancy Malone's stall. We cannot condone that type of treatment of customers, nor can we tolerate misleading the public about produce. All vendors know that they must provide full disclosure to customers about the origin of products. Kate Maricle, former market manager
Kate Maricle

Overland Park, KS

#25 Jun 7, 2010
The Overland Park Farmers Market has a contract that sets a code of conduct that each vendor must follow. The vendors who were not invited back did not follow that code of conduct. After multiple warnings about proper signage, making full disclosure to the public about where product is purchased, treating fellow vendors with respect, and not damaging City property, management took the necessary steps to protect the integrity of the market. We are a family-friendly market and we will not tolerate filthy language, obscene hand gestures, property damage, or misleading the public. Market management did not dictate prices to vendors and made no attempt to fix prices.

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