What a beautiful fall day at the market! Last Saturday was perfect for strolling around and picking up tasty fresh cool weather veggies at the market. A lot of delicious sweet potatoes, greens and root vegetables, like beets, turnips and carrots could be found.
And the fresh baked goods were lip-smacking good. Holiday sweets are sneaking into the market too. Rumor has it that Noble Springs Dairy has created goat cheese fudge that is a fantastic experience for your taste buds.
It was a good day for socializing too, with friends and farmers. A lot of folks made a point to welcome Paradise Produce back to the market. Stacy Gentry got married and took a year off to settle into married life. He and his lovely wife Sonia were at the Paradise Produce booth with beautiful vegetables. It was her first time working at the market with her new husband and it paid off…. They sold out of everything! You can visit all photos from Saturday here.
We asked a question before Saturday about whether dogs should be allowed at the Franklin Farmers Market or if they should be banned. And a lot of you had something to say about it while at the market. In fact, we ran out of the survey forms about dog issue at the FFM info booth. Some of you were quick to say that dogs were a big reason why you like to come to the market, while others told us the dogs shouldn’t be allowed because the large number of canines and big market crowds just didn’t mix too well. This past Saturday, quite a few dogs came with their owners to the market. And while most were well-behaved, there were still a few that relieved themselves inside the market shed or growled at other dogs that were there. We really love dogs. But concerns over safety and sanitary issues keep growing, so we’re asking for your help in deciding whether dogs should stay or go. Tell us what you think. You can take part in our survey about the dogs by either stopping at the market info booth on Saturdays or emailing your thoughts to email@example.com . We’ll be conducting the survey through November 23rd.
There were two other big questions at the market this past Saturday that people kept asking. The first one was “when does the market close down for the year?” It doesn’t. The market goes year-round, so the farmers will be here with fresh winter produce all through the winter season.
The other question was “what time does the winter farmers market open and close?” Normally, the winter market begins at 9am. But we want to give you more time to shop the market, especially for holiday food and gifts. So November through December, the market is open every Saturday from 8am – noon. In January, the winter market hours will change to 9am-noon.
I love dogs (all animals)but I am Highly alergic to them and can not shop where they are. And I do not like them around my food
I agree with Linda, dogs should not be allowed. I’m not against dogs, but I do not see the need for them to be in the area of food vendors. The market is congested with people and difficult to navigate so it would help if dogs were not there as well.
Thank you for the opportunity to share my opinion.
I love animals and have three furry friends of my own. But, there is a time and place for everything and the Market, especially the food stalls, is no place for dogs. I understand wanting to take your dog out with you on a Saturday morning, I just don’t believe the Market should be that activity. It is already crowded to the point I worry about bringing my 80+ y.o. mother with me.
I love dogs (animals) All well behaved animals should be allowed. Regulations stiffle beauty. Let’s hope the enthusiastic shoppers know who to bring and who not to bring along…including crabby unruly human animals as well.
I also don’t think that dogs should be allowed in the food areas of the market. It is getting more and more crowded, and animal waste is an issue as well. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to offer our opinions.
I do not believe that dogs should be allowed in the food areas of the market. It is too congested, their waste is an issue, as well as the potential for “fido fights”. Perhaps an area can be roped off for people with pets? Most of us go for food and people interaction, not to play with pets. Thanks for asking! Linda
Linda, thanks for letting us know how you feel about the dogs at the market. As the market has grown, so has the number of dogs that visit the market. There has been a lot of responses to our survey, asking for dogs to not be allowed at the market. And there are a lot of people who want the dogs to accompany their owners to the market. It’s a tough issue to tackle and that’s why we’re asking everyone to voice their opinion about the dogs. For the next three weeks, people can take the dog survey at the market info booth on Saturdays or they can email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what they think about the dogs and how we can solve the issue for everyone.