Support Saranac Lake Farmers' Market Vendors

Support Saranac Lake Farmers' Market Vendors

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Ausable Valley Grange Market Commitee started this petition to Assemblyman Billy Jones and

Over the past decade, the Saranac Lake Farmers’ Market has welcomed our local community and regional visitors alike to Riverside Park in the Village of Saranac Lake. This vibrant market brings approximately 1000-2000 people to downtown businesses every Saturday, sales tax dollars to Essex County, and has been an economic lifeline for regional farmers and artisans, our neighbors.

For 10 years, this beloved community event has taken place without accident, incident, or issue. And so, the Farmers’ Market committee was deeply disturbed to learn that the Village Police Department’s parking policy suddenly changed, without notice or warning, and that our local police have been aggressively ticketing market vendors, musicians, non-profits, and visitors as they attempt to unload their vehicles or attend the market. Equally upsetting is the fact that there has been virtually no communication between the officer and those ticketed.  This has led to community members feeling disregarded and disrespected by our local Police Department. Many of these people are the very same individuals who show up, week after week, to contribute in meaningful ways to our community by supporting our local commerce and our vibrant culture, as well as food security, with SNAP program sign-ups and healthy options offered to anyone who is eligible. Some of the vendors are already wondering if the market should move due to the lack of village government support. 

On Monday, June 28, two local business owners and market vendors appeared before the Village board to request a meeting with the Village manager and Chief of Police.  This was then followed up in writing via email. We respectfully request:

  • A loading zone for local vendors/musicians/artists/nonprofits from 6:30-8:30am every Saturday (very little traffic at this point of the day and should not need to be stationed/patrolled by local police)
  • A loading zone for local vendors/musicians/artists/nonprofits from 1-1:30pm every Saturday (heavy traffic, particularly during July/August… we request an officer be present to assist with traffic for that half hour time period)
     

The Saranac Lake Farmers’ Market continues to be an economic engine and family friendly event that provides thousands of pounds of produce, organic meats, ceramics, maple syrup, and other artisanal and farm fresh products to tourists and our local community. We simply ask that our Village government and Police Department demonstrate their respect for and support of the Farmers’ Market. 


Thank you.

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