New Farmers’ Market Operator Selection Criteria
The farmers’ market will continue to operate as a special event in town, and a market manager will be hired based on a merit rating system if there is more than one applicant. Last year, for the first time, there was more than one applicant to run the summer market. The town held a lottery system between the five applicants to determine who would operate the market in 2019. The Town’s procedures for special event applications does not identify how to select from competing applications in the same category, on same or similar days. Therefore, council voted to develop a procedure with a merit-based system for 2020 for the selection of a market operator, and to strengthen the means of oversight through enhancements to the Special Event Standards. This process will establish a transparent process for selection with criteria. The 2020 market manager will be selected in the new year.