Last day of the Lakewood Farmers Market

A Patch blogger writes about the last day at the Lakewood Farmers Market.

It was very slow today! Glad to be home! I will post pictures later this evening! I did hear from a supervisor from the Parks department that they, whoever they are,  Do not want me on their committee next year for the Lakewood Farmers Market!

No surprise there! Just surprised someone would say that to me!  One vendor got really mad today about some vendors being able to sell before 11 AM and other vendors being told if they sell before 11 AM they will not be asked back to the market next year!  Very glad it is over! And I am not sure if I want to be a vendor next year! Too much negativity! For something I worked so hard for, I hate outcomes like this! 

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Cynthia Powell August 29, 2012 at 03:12 PM
This comment is for my farmer/vendor friends! Call me so we can talk privately about next years season! And what we can do to start our own farmers market! Which is exactly what most of us want! Only people who have been vendors really know what it is like! So contact me at www.dogtreatbakery.org
sudee August 29, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Oh, joy, the city of Lakewood, strikes again! Cynthia to us citizens this is no surprise we have dealt with the city for a long time ruining what we want. We will follow a farmers market anywhere. We want one and enjoy it but we want you treated with respect by our city. You know the people enjoyed it -- We apologize once again for whatever happened by the thugs at City Hall. Welcome to our world.
Becky Huber August 29, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I am a proud Lakewood resident who has visited the Lakewood Farmers' Market every week. I attended the first planning meeting and one of the goals was to create a true sense of community. That has been accomplished in spades. I now have my favorite vendors that I look forward to seeing every week. I enjoy meeting friends and sharing my finds. I am please that the market has been extended until Sept 18th. If you haven't been, go.
Cynthia Powell August 30, 2012 at 03:02 AM
thank you all for the comments! I will get over what happened with the City of Lakewood! I just learned not to volunteer! Anyone wanting to find me can use my website www.dogtreatbakery.org
Cynthia Powell August 30, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I have no plans of returning to the Lakewood Farmers Market! I enjoyed seeing all of my friends/customers at the market! But the politics behind the scene was/is just to much! We need a farmers market run by farmers/vendors, not city government involvement! I am in the works for starting our own farmers market! I am working with the WA. state Farmers Market Assoc. for next year! It will be run by a professional market manager! We have a farmer retiring who is willing to step up and manage a market! I will post more later on this subject! And anyone who really wants to talk with me about it can e-mail me at Powelldandc@aol.com or come and see me at the Proctor Farmers Market on Saturdays! Thank you all for listening to my frustration with the City of Lakewood! I believe if they would have been honest from the beginning of the project ( and not told me there was going to be a perm. board/committee!) And that I would not be involved in running the market, or at least helping! I would have never gotten involved! It was a lot of work and I spent a lot of my time recruiting farmers/vendors and misc. tasks! To then be treated like I was just a vendor once the market started! That is it in a nutshell!


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