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Letter: Farmers market not just about mingling

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From: Sally Van Dyk


Received: March 21

I disagree with Mr. Pumphrey in his thinking that mingling is or should be the main reason for the farmers market. I think the vendors would disagree also. They don’t pack up bag and baggage early every Saturday morning all summer long to go mingle.

They go to show off their wares and, hopefully, sell them. Naturally they talk with people from all walks of life in the process, but their main goal is to sell their products.

To think that the lack of mingling would doom the market draws a strange conclusion. People go there to see what vendors have to sell and then, hopefully, spend their money on the things they see there.

Columbus is a diverse community, therefore those who sell here and those who go to shop here are from diverse walks of life. All cultures are welcome to attend the market to mingle and/or sell their wares.

Profit is the reason for the market. The fact that mingling takes place while shopping there is a pleasant bonus.

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