The Plymouth Farmers’ Market wasn’t on the Selectmen’s agenda last night, but that’s what most of the standing room only crowd wanted to talk about, and the fact they do not think the town should have put it out to bid.
Barbara Anglin organized the Farmers’ Market eight years ago and has operated it ever since on town-owned property at Stephens Field and later at the Courthouse green. She told the Board she would not be bidding to run the market: “We wouldn’t want to lose the month of October—the market date is restricted from March thru September and it just shows by that example that the town is not really aware of the technicalities and the specifics of running a farmers’ market, you see.”
Many spoke in support of Anglin’s efforts, but Joan Bartlett, a member of Friends of Stephens Field, says that group is in favor of the town setting a policy for the use of public land: “We don’t necessarily feel it has to always be run by the same person. There have been other people asking to set up at Stephens Field and to run it. We feel there needs to be a policy in place.”
Town Manager Mark Stankiewicz commented: “Anytime you use public property, and there is some financial benefit occurring amongst individuals we have to be fair and impartial as to how that’s used.”
Selectmen agreed to put the matter on the agenda for their meeting on January 24th. The bids are due on the 26th.