Rumors are swirling that the Brookline Farmers’ Market may not be long for this world. Last week, the Brookline TAB reported that the town was set to raise the licensing fee for the market a whopping 533% from $2,300 to $14,560 per season. This would involve raising the cost of individual stalls from a mere $40 per season to $766. In contrast, Cambridge charges farmers $200 for the season. Now. We’re not experts on urban planning, but it seems to us that rather than a steep hike of fees to a group of people not necessarily rolling in money for a popular program, maybe the town could allocate just a teensy tiny bit less than the current 15.95 million currently designated for repairs to Town Hall?
But wait! The story doesn’t stop there! Yesterday, the town’s Selectmen Chairman Gil Hoy told the Tab that the fee hike story had “no merit” and was a mere “rumor.” Director of Engineering and Transportation (and really, who knew that little Brookline had so very many politicians?) Peter Ditto is scheduled to meet with farmers’ market manager Arlene Flowers today. Who knows how this situation will develop, but just in case, you might want to take this opportunity to visit the market while you still can. It’s running every Thursday in the Centre Street parking lot from 1:30-dusk through October 25.
Fee Hike Could Put Farmers’ Market Out of Business [Brookline TAB]
Farmers’ Market Repricing a “Rumor”? [Brookline TAB Blog]
Annual Town Meeting Warrant [Town of Brookline]
Farmers’ Market [Town of Brookline]