NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:
I was shocked at the condition of the Norman Farmers Market. It has changed dramatically since my days at OU. I also heard outside vendor comments that were very angry and vocal. It is not smart to talk within ear range of customers and doesn’t set a good environment for being successful.
We can see the condition of the parking lot. Timing and planning by the commissioners was poor and the level of resale was shocking.
Here are my comments and questions:
Vendors should have been informed before booth selection so they had options to stay or go.
Why is construction not around the clock?
Send a message, Vote.
Why are more than half of the vendors just resellers?
Why is safe, local food not the focus?
What is up with all the WalMart, Home Depot, Guthrie Greenhouses, Lowes, etc items?
Customers are not stupid, we recognize the tags.
I am appalled at what is allowed at the market. Safe local food and plants are important. As consumers you need to demand that your market supports local food and has honest labels. Ask questions and hold vendors accountable for their answers.
When I was a student at OU, it was the best market. Good home grown produce. Some of the vendors must think we are too stupid to see that that big tree or rose is carrying bar coded tags, Mexican labels on melons. If I wanted to go to a reseller I would go to Wal-Mart. They have a nice parking lot and are open 7 days a week.
We need a committed market that is home grown only. We need a market that is supported by the site’s owners. Norman deserves better. I do hope the market survives and its true home grown vendors survive. The resellers need to open a grocery store/nursery and not pretend to be farmers/growers.
Norman is large enough to have another market and I bet the vendors and customers would love a place where they are appreciated
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