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August 3, 2013

Farmers' Market: Love it or leave it

Tonawanda News — Mighty Market

Margery Mesler is not pleased with the North Tonawanda Farmers’ Market.

Margery emails: “I am not sure if you have been to the farmer’s market on a Saturday, but it is becoming a flea market. All the sunglasses, dresses,Tupperware and now the food truck with the loud music. I would like to know why. I always thought it was for farmers.”

A call to city clerk Scott Kiedrowski shed some light on this complaint, not the first we’ve heard.

He said the market manager assigns spots to those who want to be at the market. However, the vendors have to follow the policy of registering, paying rent and be approved. It seems that having flea market vendors brings more folks to the market, thus helping the farmers who are there. Thanks, Scott for the info.

And certainly we all can pick out hucksters from farmers (if you’re not sure, just ask where their farms are.) My mom complained about hucksters years ago so that’s not a new complaint.

Blocking off Bryant Street to allow for more vendors on Saturday is a great idea. How about putting all the flea market vendors on Bryant Street? One of the best ideas is having the auxiliary police there on Saturday so market-goers can safely cross Robinson Street. Can’t tell you how often it seems like taking your life in your hands to cross the street from the parking lot.

The city is fortunate to have one of the best, if not the best, farmers’ market around. If you have an idea to make it better, share it with city hall rather than complain.

Well deserved

At last Saturday’s retirement celebration for Peggy Waite, long-time director of the North Tonawanda Public Library, nearly 200 friends, colleagues, city and county officials enjoyed the tributes from her staff members and others.

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