Lucas City Council Considers Creation of a Farmer’s Market
An important first step in a planning process intended to create a Lucas Farmer’s Market has been taken with the appointment of a Farmer’s Market Committee by the Lucas City Council. The City has allocated $3,500 in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2019/2020 (October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020). Debra Guillemaud has agreed to serve as Interim Chair.
In the next weeks, the committee will be focusing on internal and structural matters such as appointing a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary, adopting bylaws and other governance procedures, in addition to focusing its attention on a vast array of operational issues. It is anticipated that sufficient progress can be made to actually hold a Lucas Farmer’s Market on a trial basis in the autumn of this year.
The committee will explore a broad array of issues at a series of meetings in the next several months such as determining the characteristics of a Lucas Farmers Market. This might hinge upon issues such as whether vendors would offer locally produced farm produce such as fruits, vegetables, eggs, honey, milk, cottage food, plants and perhaps locally produced jewelry, arts and crafts. Early discussion seems to favor a farmer’s market as opposed to a flea market.
The proposed location of the market is at the Community Park next to City Hall. The Lucas City Attorney has suggested several guidelines such as not allowing vendors outside of “leased” area; Consider how to manage vendors who sell things that are not permitted; inspection requirements must be addressed; if the sale of live animals, such as baby chicks is permitted, there must be rules adopted for their proper management; and to ensure the regulatory framework intended to prevent the market from devolving into a flea market.