Outdated Farmers’ Market Rules

Farmers’ Market rules MUST be changed!

Did you know there’s a completely ridiculous “rule” in Hoboken that the downtown and uptown farmers’ markets have to abide by?

Fruits & vegetables rot in sweltering heat; they can’t sell anything!

Last Thursday, when the temperatures felt like over 110 degrees – I was out with the Hoboken411 Mascot Oscar checking out the uptown farmers’ market.

I saw some delicious fresh veggies that I wanted to take home before the pooch melted onto the sidewalk. It was around 2:45pm. As the vendor told me the price and I had money in my hand about to make the exchange, some “market monitor” prohibited the transaction – and I left with no veggies. The market is supposed to open at 3:00pm on the dot – and “no sales are to be made prior to that time.” Hogwash!

First of all, the food was essentially rotting each second it was baking in the summer heatwave – so why not sell them the minute you have it on the table? Secondly, from what I understand, this is a very outdated rule, and serves no sensible purpose in today’s day and age.

Can you name one single, logical reason why it’s still enforced?

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7 Comments on "Outdated Farmers’ Market Rules"

matt1122
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matt1122

Gotta love the hall monitor!

johandsomeison
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johandsomeison

Agreed! once I tried to buy some delicious type of fruit (Can’t recall what it was) and it was around 2pm so they told me the same thing!

veggiespam
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veggiespam

May be a compromise; if everyone is ready to go at 2:45, then open the market early.

pollcatfactor
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pollcatfactor

Only thing that comes to mind is that if Farm ABC shows up at 2:45, then Farm XYZ may try to show up at 2:30 and so forth. But then why not just say… it’s all day, show up whenever you want.

HOB424
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HOB424

Same thing happened to me last year. It was about quarter to three. I wanted to buy something and was told by the vendor I had to wait. Said he would be in trouble. At firs, I thought he was joking, but it was true. It was a really hot day and not worth the wait. No excuse for the vendors that get stuck in traffic, LEAVE EARLY!.

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