A U.S. Dept. of Agriculture official has said, "Farmers' markets are a critical ingredient to our nation's food system," adding that "these outlets provide benefits not only to the farmers looking for important income opportunities, but also to the communities looking for fresh, healthy foods."
But the town of Woodside thinks otherwise. On Aug. 8, unincorporated Skylonda residents had their first taste of a local farmers' market situated across from Alice's Restaurant. There was an overwhelming response with vendors selling out in several hours.
We excitedly anticipated more vendors this past weekend. But it was crushing to hear that the town of Woodside decided that their quality of life would be adversely affected by Skylonda's farmers' market. The market was closed due to a town ordinance that does not permit farmers' markets.
However, a petition is being circulated, alternative sites are being explored, and some of us plan to let the Woodside council members know at the upcoming Sept. 11 meeting at 7:30 p.m. that we will not be denied a farmers' market.