May 22, 2006
- Present: Lois,
Elaine, Judy, Peg, Doug, Hanne, Edie, Sam, Sister Elizabeth, Sister
Bernadette, Peter, and Amanda
- Lois called the
meeting to order.
- The first order of
business was to vote whether to change the wording in Rule #7 in the
Unity Market Day Rules. There was discussion. Elaine asked where
wording came from. Amanda explained that she spoke with John
Piotti, and he explained that it came about when they started the
market. At that time, one of the goals of the market was to have it
be as local as possible and to support western Waldo County growers.
However as the market evolved, the wording was no longer necessary.
Lois wondered if the wording were eliminated, would more farmers be
attracted to participating in the market? Peter questioned, do we
need other bigger farmers participating. Hanne mentioned that her
experience at markets has been, the more farmers selling their
products, the better she does, even with other meat sellers at the
same market. Other farmers mentioned that those markets were in
areas with larger populations.
- The ballot to vote was
circulated with six in favor of amending the rule and 1 opposed.
The new wording is as follows:
Membership is open to the owner(s) of a farm or food processing
operation that has submitted an application prior to the application
deadline and has been accepted by the UMD Review Committee to
sell at the market. Each farm or food processing operation
shall have a single vote."
- A few people brought
up questions, that they would like to have clarified. Did the
market reimburse Unity Barn Raisers for the awning? What is the
financial situation of the market? Amanda said she would find out
the answers to these questions and get back to the farmers.
- Election of new Board
Members. Peter Curra, Sister Elizabeth, and Hanne, with Dan as her
alternate, were elected to a two year term.
- Amanda asked what the
farmers thought are good ideas in attracting people to the market?
All agreed the scavenger hunt was great in attracting children to
the market. Amanda said she would try that.
- Lois brought a copper
sign made by a local artist in to show everyone. She asked if
anyone would mind her bringing a few of his pieces to the market to
display and try to sell at her stand. All agreed that would be
fine. He could pay the $4.00 fee for every market that his product
- Questions arose as to
the policy for crafts and crafters at the farmers’ market.
All agreed that there had been discussion in the past as to how to
deal with crafters. No one could specifically remember what was
decided. All thought that crafters needed to pay the $4.00 booth
fee every market they participated in, but not the $25.00
application fee. Amanda said she would check into this.
- The meeting was
- A short Board Meeting
followed with the following officers being elected.
- Chair: Peter Curra
Vice Chair: Lois Labbe