Keep Farmer's Market's Local
  • Petitioned Scott Chadwell

This petition was delivered to:

Co Director- Putnam County UT Extension Office
Scott Chadwell
Cookeville City Manager
Jim Shipley
Matt Swallows

Keep Farmer's Market's Local

    1. Mary  Payne
    2. Petition by

      Mary Payne

      Cookeville, TN

 Last season, local growers were forced to compete with resale vendors who, not only didn't grow anything whatsoever, but who traveled to Kentucky and other states to purchase produce to sell at OUR farmer's market. Mr Chadwell has been working with City Manager Jim Shipley to draft new rules for OUR farmer's market that encourages  this to go on and directly sanctions farmers from Southern Kentucky to sell at OUR farmer's market. We believe this is not only unfair for the farmer but it is dishonest to consumers who assume that the purchases they make at farmer's market are locally grown or produced.

 The problem is not the rules-it is the lack of enforcement. We support a City Ordinance that gives the City of Cookeville the jurisdiction over enforcement of rules as they stand. These rules do not allow for any wholesale or second sales. These rules allow only farms from Putnam County and bordering counties to sell at OUR farmers market. These rules require farms from outside Putnam County to provide certification from their local Ag Extension office to prove that they do, in fact, grow what they are selling. These rules were drafted to ensure the integrity of the farmers market in Cookeville.

In these dire economic times it is imperative that we keep our money where we live. Currently, only 7% of food dollars spent at traditional retailers stays in the community. Local agriculture it VITAL to our State's economy. 

Please sign and share this petition and help us keep our local farmer's market LOCAL.

Recent signatures


    1. City Council meeting

      Mary  Payne
      Petition Organizer

      The next City Council meeting in May 3 and the new city ordinance will be on the agenda. Please sign and share so WE can show them what WE want at OUR Farmers Market

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. I updated the contacts and some of the content

      Mary  Payne
      Petition Organizer

      Updates on the city council ordinance.

    4. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • over 2 years ago

      Keep our Farmers Market ours! Food grown locally is better for us, and it's great to support our local farmer community.

    • Leia Madewell BAXER, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      to support local farm and farmers in this area...

    • brent cole SPARTA, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      Knowing your farmer is one thing but get a trusted bond formed from buying and using locally should not be polluted by anyone with the means to buy and resale a retail product. A re-building of our world will be from a handshake and hard work. keep farmer's growing!

    • Ruth Black COOKEVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      I know it takes time and money to enforce rules, but the rules are there for a reason- we want to support our LOCAL farmers!

    • Paul Smith COOKEVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      To support local farmers and keep revenue within the community.


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