Farmers Market Answers Questions

Published 2:00 pm Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Editor, The Herald:

As chair of the Farmville Farmers Market Association I would like to try to answer some of the questions raised in the letter to the editor of Nov. 9. The Town of Farmville has requested that our Association be the clearinghouse for persons interested in selling at the Farmers Market. Anyone wishing to sell must become a member of the Association or be permitted to sell as a “day vendor”. Our by-laws do require the members to adhere to all pertinent laws and regulations. The Association does not have the authority to dismiss anyone from the market for non-compliance. Each seller must answer individually to VDACS/Health Department/Virginia Department of Taxation. Each member has been provided a copy of the Virginia Food Laws. Crafters are welcome, and as a matter of fact we had a new crafter at our first market in November and have been contacted by a crafting group about joining. To be a member of the Association, you must be a producer in Prince Edward County or a county that surrounds Prince Edward. Producers are allowed to sell up to 25% of non-producer Virginia-grown products. The Board of Directors does have the authority of accept out of area vendors if they sell a non-competitive product that we feel will help round out our market. If anyone has any issues with the market that they would like to discuss they are free to contact me at (434)983-2867.

Roz Goin

Chair

Farmville Farmers Market Association

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