The Northampton Farmers Market Subcommittee was adopted on November 10, 2009.
Purpose The purpose of the Farmer and Public Market Subcommittee is to:
Understand how existing markets in the city function and the relationship to other outlets for agricultural products including gathering membership/operating rules of existing markets and collecting information from customers, managers, vendors, city officials, local business owners, and other relevant constituencies.
Investigate the various models for operating markets, and research any state regulations governing markets.
Evaluate the success of existing markets in the city and determine how markets can be supported to promote the sustainability of markets, the viability of growers / producers, and the broader economic development goals identified in the Sustainable Northampton Plan. The pertinent Sustainable Northampton Plan goals and strategies include:
Ensure vibrant and distinctive downtown, commercial, and village centers.
Investigate the feasibility and pursue the development of a year-round public market for agricultural, arts, crafts, and locally made products.
Support business development and business practices that enhance the environmental and long-term sustainability of the community including but not limited to agriculture and other land based business.
Encourage and support locally owned and operated businesses and buy local campaigns.
Recommend a city policy for use of city property by farmers / public / open markets.
Create a set of recommendations to put before the Agricultural Commission and other appropriate city boards / departments and share the results of this committee with existing and future potential markets.