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South Pasadena farmers' market vendors upset about fee increase

There are 15 comments on the Pasadena Star-News story from Jun 24, 2010, titled South Pasadena farmers' market vendors upset about fee increase. In it, Pasadena Star-News reports that:

Vendors at the South Pasadena Farmers' Market are upset about a recent fee increase, saying it will make it difficult or impossible to continue doing business.

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Victor - Pasadena

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Jun 24, 2010
I think they should tread very lightly. This is the most charming of all the local markets and does more to attract people back to South Pasadena than anything. If this is because of some new overhead at the Chamber of Commerce, cut it. The market is a service and should not generate funds for the Chamber. The vendors deserve to make a decent living.
Raymond Rsatch

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Jun 24, 2010
The problem is that the Chamber of Commerce is in charge. The Chamber represents profit-driven interests and greed so the chamber has no perspective on community service concerns. The Chamber is the wrong organization to run the market.
Laterz

North Richland Hills, TX

#3 Jun 25, 2010
It's South Pasadena, right? Suck it up. You guys can afford it.
Danforth Livingston Jr

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Jun 25, 2010
Some of my help shops at the South Pasadena Farmers Market and it sounds awful. Apparently just anyone can show up and pitch a tent there and sell food; worse, most stuff is priced at $3 and under so you have people of all classes showing up.

From what I've heard from my friend Blaine, these places sell mostly food for commoners. No beluga. No truffles. There are strawberries, but nary a bottle of Taittinger to be found. I'll stick to the spread at the Yacht Club, thank you very much.
Raymond Rsatch

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Jun 25, 2010
Danforth Livingston Jr wrote:
Some of my help shops at the South Pasadena Farmers Market and it sounds awful. Apparently just anyone can show up and pitch a tent there and sell food; worse, most stuff is priced at $3 and under so you have people of all classes showing up.
From what I've heard from my friend Blaine, these places sell mostly food for commoners. No beluga. No truffles. There are strawberries, but nary a bottle of Taittinger to be found. I'll stick to the spread at the Yacht Club, thank you very much.
You have this confused with somewhere else. Another planet, or decade-perhaps? Relax and take a pill.
Raymond Rsatch

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Jun 25, 2010
Laterz wrote:
It's South Pasadena, right? Suck it up. You guys can afford it.
Actually it's on the gold line so people from all over shop this market. Maybe not anymore now that the greedy business interests are in charge.
deb

Acton, CA

#7 Jun 25, 2010
I for one will not be going to the SP farmers market any more. Why should I pay higher prices for the items I purchase when I can go to Alhambra, Pasadena, Sierra Madre and pay less for the same thing? If you want to make the market better you don't raise prices on consumers and that's exactly what each vendor will have to do in order to pay the city. Just another rip off that's eventually going to ruin or cause the downfall of our market.
deb

Acton, CA

#8 Jun 25, 2010
Laterz wrote:
It's South Pasadena, right? Suck it up. You guys can afford it.
Not all of us in South Pasadena are well-to-do and because we are a minority we don't get much say about anything here. When you don't know the facts it's best you keep your opinions to yourself because it makes you stupid.

“I live vicariously through me”

Since: Dec 08

San Marino CA.

#11 Jun 26, 2010
Move to another market. F South Pas
ThePeople

Los Angeles, CA

#12 Jun 26, 2010
Now that the Chamber of Commerce is in charge of the farmer's market, it's all about corporate greed.
Donald

South Pasadena, CA

#13 Jun 27, 2010
ThePeople wrote:
Now that the Chamber of Commerce is in charge of the farmer's market, it's all about corporate greed.
Thank you! I never realized before that representing community-based businesses, whose owners are primarily city residents, is "corporate greed." You are absolutely correct -- not only does the charging of fees for services by the Chamber constitute "corporate greed," but, in fact, the VENDORS, themselves, are blood-sucking, capitalist pigs. They should give away their merchandise at cost, instead of gouging the people by generating shameful PROFITS by selling food at a mark-up.
Raymond Rsatch

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Jun 28, 2010
Donald wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you! I never realized before that representing community-based businesses, whose owners are primarily city residents, is "corporate greed." You are absolutely correct -- not only does the charging of fees for services by the Chamber constitute "corporate greed," but, in fact, the VENDORS, themselves, are blood-sucking, capitalist pigs. They should give away their merchandise at cost, instead of gouging the people by generating shameful PROFITS by selling food at a mark-up.
Okay, you are so wrong and obviously know nothing about this topic. The vendors of the farmers markets are farmers. Do you see any farms in South Pas? The Chamber does not represent these farmers. These are small family farmers with small profit margins who travel hundreds of miles every day to farmers' markets all over, not just South Pas. These farmers are a viable alternative to big agribusiness and have made sacrifices in the form of profits in order to run small family farms using sustainable agricultural methods (organic farming techniques, growing unique and rare produce).

Once again, the Chamber of Commerce does not represent these farmers. It is the corporate greed that the Chamber of Commerce that is causing hardships for these farmers and has the potential to kill the farmers market itself.
Raymond Rsatch

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Jun 28, 2010
Correction:
It is the corporate greed practiced by the Chamber that is causing hardship for these family farmers and has the potential to kill the farmers market itself.
Suzy Carmichael

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Jun 28, 2010
Donald wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you! I never realized before that representing community-based businesses, whose owners are primarily city residents, is "corporate greed." You are absolutely correct -- not only does the charging of fees for services by the Chamber constitute "corporate greed," but, in fact, the VENDORS, themselves, are blood-sucking, capitalist pigs. They should give away their merchandise at cost, instead of gouging the people by generating shameful PROFITS by selling food at a mark-up.
You obviously do not do the food shopping or cooking in your home.
Ange

Los Angeles, CA

#17 Jun 29, 2010
"The new fee applies only to prepared food vendors, and not to farmers who sell produce"

And how is this fair? These vendors have been at the market as long, if not longer than others. They are part of the farmers market. The ingredients are local and sustainable.

The Chamber is back pedalling now that the cat is out of the bag in regards to their unfair business practices. Chamber: It's too late- the whole community sees who you are now and it's time to get out. The farmer's market is for the community, not for your monetary gain.

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