Board denies park-use request from farmers market

The Saranac Lake Village Board of Trustees voted 3-2 Monday night to deny a park-use request submitted by a regional farmers market cooperative.

The request was filed with the village by Richard S. Crawford, president of the Adirondack Farmers Market. The group sought to use Riverside Park on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning May 31.

Vendors at the market sell a wide variety of goods, including fruit, vegetables, jewelry, and more.

Trustees Jeff Branch and John McEneany voted in favor of the request, while Allie Pelletieri and Tom Catillaz voted against it.

Mayor Clyde Rabideau cast the deciding vote, also in opposition of the resolution.

Before the meeting, Rabideau read a letter submitted to the board by Nancy Moriarty, owner of the Lake Flower Bakery, located directly across the street from Riverside Park.

The letter states that Moriarty has hosted the Tuesday market for some seven years. But this year, the farmers cooperative added a second baker to the lineup, leading Moriarty to no longer host the market.

"Having competition in my parking lot is not feasible," she wrote.

According to Rabideau, Moriarty asked the board to approve the farmers market resolution with the condition that a baker would not be allowed to sell his or her goods.

Moriarty notes she pays taxes, something a temporary vendor at a farmers market would not be required to do.

Jo Ellen Saumier attended Monday's meeting as a representative of the Adirondack Farmers Market.

"One of the sticking points that we've had in having the market in Nancy's parking lot on Tuesdays is that our policy states that our markets are open to all members," she said. "Nancy was saying no bakers on my property - which is her right to say that. That's why we decided to move."

Saumier said any condition barring a baker from participating in a market would not be supported by the cooperative.

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