Almanac

Viewpoint - June 5, 2013

Letter: Why is Woodside blocking the Farmers' Market?

Why would four Woodside Council members vote not to allow the new Farmers' Market on town property?

With scant discussion they denied residents an opportunity to vote in November on whether such an activity should be permitted in Town Center. Not only did they say "thumbs down" to the Farmers' Market but they said "thumbs down" to allowing Woodside voters to decide for themselves at the ballot box.

Are they afraid of the results of such an election? Are they afraid of the wrath of financially successful business owners? Is such a small endeavor a serious threat to established businesses in town? Have any of them been to the Farmers' Market, which is now held in the elementary school parking lot?

The postage-stamp-sized Farmers' Market is a delight where on any given Sunday one can find fresh organic greens, delicious cakes and sauces, cheeses, locally harvested seafood and fresh baked goods. It is a little gem that adds to the character of Woodside. Yet four council members who could have allowed Woodsiders to decide for themselves voted to take that decision away from us.

Do they believe holding a Farmers' Market in an empty Town Center parking lot on a Sunday afternoon will have a detrimental impact on the town? Do they actually believe Woodside voters can't evaluate this issue for themselves? That is the result of the Council's 4--3 vote on May 28.

Let your council representative know if you want a Farmers' Market or if you believe this issue should be decided by the voters. The entire Town Council can be reached at council.members@woodsidetown.org

Editor's Note: Ms. Romines' husband is Ron Romines, a member of the Woodside Town Council who voted to move the Farmers Market to the Town Center site.g

Comments

There are no comments yet for this post

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields