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Healthy Nevada looks to help expand farmer's market

Friday, February 8, 2013

Steve Durnell, Missouri health inspector, talks to producers about health requirements that must be met to sell at a farmers market during a public meeting Thursday night hosted by Healthy Nevada at the Franklin P, Norman City/County Community Center. Photo by Ralph Pokorny/Daily Mail
"A lot of the community would like to see the farmers' market grow," Jessica Hunt, Healthy Nevada program coordinator, told about 20 people at a public meeting Thursday night at the community center.

"Healthy Nevada is excited to help the market grow," Hunt said.

Although she said that the Healthy Nevada project wants to see the market expand, they need community support to make it happen.

Joann Cash, left, and Dann Sutton, center meet with Tricia Bridgwater, and John Gulick of the Healthy Nevada project to discuss ideas for increasing traffic at the farmers market. Photo by Ralph Pokorny/Daily Mail
Hunt said that one of the first steps will be to form a board of directors for the market made up of vendors and customers.

She said that feedback they have received shows that the public wants more Saturday morning events and things to do, as well as buy fruits, vegetables and crafts.

Having more fun things for people will increase traffic, she said.

Hunt said that the seven member board that needs to be created would have the responsibility of determining a location for the farmers' market, drawing up the organizations by-laws, finding a market manager, getting necessary insurance, recruit vendors and create a list of craft makers.

Then Hunt said they will need to plan a big kick-off event to open the market for the season.

After discussing possible locations, they broke up into two groups. Producers met with representatives from the state Department of Agriculture, health department and other agencies to learn about the rules that apply to selling at a farmers' market. The two people interested in volunteering to help, Joan Cash and Dann Sutton, moved into a corner to meet with Tricia Bridgewater and John Gulick from Cerner to talk about how possible locations and how to increase traffic at the farmers' market.

Some ideas suggested were including more crafts, music, performance arts, and displays of youth's artwork.

And on special occasions wine-tasting, possibly hosted by a local motel could be held.

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Why didn't they invite the regular vendors from the current market? Market members have been thru this before.The chamber offered to do the same things and never followed through. Most of the vendors would like to just be left alone instead of becoming a target of another group wanting to make money off them.

-- Posted by Leland Gaunt on Fri, Feb 8, 2013, at 7:15 AM

When I go to a farmer's market I don't care about fun and games; I'm looking for a broad assortment of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and other foods like nuts, cheeses, herbs, smoked meats, etc. If there are more arts & crafts than there are food items, it's not a good market.

-- Posted by IcedGreenTea on Fri, Feb 8, 2013, at 9:37 AM

The health dept. won't let them sell meat items like other market do.

-- Posted by Leland Gaunt on Fri, Feb 8, 2013, at 10:42 AM

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