Even though a petition signed by more than 600 people was presented to the Plymouth Board of Selectmen to withdraw the bid for the farmers’ market, the Board took no action to do so.
Many supporters of the Farmers’ Market, managed by Barbara Anglin, spoke in favor of the market as it exists and repeatedly requested that the bid be withdrawn. Assistant Town Manager Melissa Arrighi:
“I definitely heard from the public—many represented here this evening— would like to continue to allow the use of Stephens Field—the use of public property—to go to this particular Farmers’ Market group. As a paid professional, I have to advise the Board as to what is the legally right thing to do, and in that case, if there’s competition for public property, it’s to bid.”
Market Manager Barbara Anglin:
“I hope it’s the start of a better process. We want to be at the table and to help the town create good, sound consistent policy for use of public space.”
Bids will be opened as scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday, but that doesn’t mean town will, or must accept any of them.