The members of the Broadway Wharf Riverfest Committee wanted to establish a means for the "backyard gardeners" to share their rewards with the community.
The farmer's market was an idea that has been discussed for several years and in January 2012, it was decided that this was the year to follow through.
Our goal was to provide home grown plants, produce and a small variety of handmade crafts on Sundays from May through October.
A unanimous vote at the first meeting to exclude the sale of prepared food by the vendors was made to avoid any problems with food licenses.
The first rule was that each vendor must pre-register with their sale items listed and approved by the committee before the sale date.
All the necessary protocol was followed and city hall was in agreement with the plans.
The Health Commissioner was questioned by one of our members about the sale of fresh eggs by a vendor. She was asked to investigate the issue and forward the information back to him.
The Riverfest Committee was surprised, weeks later, by the article in the Sunday Review, April 22. It stated that at the Health Board meeting, just days before, the Farmer's Market was discussed and a decision made that required a manager to work with the Health Commissioner, informing her of all vendors selling food. "We have to know what they're operating." and that, "A whole array of items would be sold."
The Commissioner was already aware of the limited items allowed to be sold and that no food items, including baked goods, would be accepted.
None of the members were asked to attend the Health Board meeting to explain any concerns and none were notified about their decision to create a position that was already covered by our committee.
The Broadway Wharf Riverfest Committee regrets to announce that all plans for the "Farmer's market" are canceled.
This decision was reached the day after the article made the newspapers.
We are very disappointed, after months of organization, to step away from a project that would have been a benefit to the community.