Please consider writing your NC state legislators and asking them to reverse new requirements which make farmers markets monitor the sales tax status of their vendors. This requirement is burdensome in that it over-extends are already busy volunteers and detracts from other market activities.
You can read more about these requirements over on Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s website.
Below is a sample e-mail that you can send to your legislator, who you can locate on the North Carolina General Assembly website.
Representative *INSERT NAME*,
In response to the changes to N.C.G.S. § 66-255 and its application to specialty markets (see here to the legislative analysis from the NC Farm Bureau and Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project – http://fromhere.org/news/new-nc-legislation-n-c-g-s-%C2%A7-66-255-to-impact-farmers-markets/), I respectfully request that you make an effort to remove this requirement from the farmers markets.
I certainly understand the need to ensure that the State collects the money that its due, but, this regulation represents one more hoop that detracts farmers markets from their core missions. The regulatory burden on farmers markets is already onerous in that individuals who are volunteering to bring a service to their community which feeds people, provides farmers with an accessible marketplace, and encourages entrepreneurship (within a venue that is unmatched in its value for startup businesses) get caught up in trying to understand a confusing myriad of rules at all levels of government.
I feel that it’s irresponsible to make the farmers market complicit in aiding to collect sales tax. Farmers markets simply provide a temporary rental space for vendors to engage in the sales of their wares (similar to say a mall or shopping center). The relationship is that of a tenant and a landlord and it’s an overstep to imply that a landlord has any responsibility in ensuring that the tenant is paying their basic civic debts.
Please consider revising this legislation and allowing farmers market volunteers to return to our actual mission rather than overwhelming community oriented folks who may not be well versed in accounting and tax issues with this unnecessary bureaucratic process.
The Oakley Farmers Market is now accepting vendor applications for the 2014 market season. Local farmers, value-added food producers and crafters are welcome to apply.
Vendor membership is $150 for the season for applications received by the early-bird deadline of Feb. 24. Membership rates increase to $175 after Feb. 24.
The 2014 market will be held 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays May 8 – Oct. 16 in the parking lot behind Oakley United Methodist Church, 607 Fairview Road, Asheville. Online applications are available at oakleyfarmersmarket.wordpress.com/forms/. For details, contact Carly Esslinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-407-0188.
We’re already in the middle of planning the 2014 season for Oakley Farmers Market and we could always use more help. Oakley Farmers Market is recruiting volunteers and potential members for our Board of Directors who are interested in helping to create a venue for community within Oakley while tackling issues of food security and providing space for entrepreneurs.
If you’re interested, fill out our volunteer form so we know where to plug you in and what you can commit to. Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested.
Oakley Farmers Market is looking for an intern interested in advancing their knowledge of agricultural retailing and community-led food security initiatives. This internship is not specific to any field of academic study, we’re just looking for someone looking to help make the world a better place through an increased sense of community and access fresh, local food.
The Oakley Farmers Market internship position is an important role in the function of the market. Responsibilities include the management of the market and compiling demographic data to further enhance our understanding of the needs and wants of our customers, farmers, and community at large. This position is 6 hours per week of scheduled work with additional opportunities for research and data collection. Internships are currently unpaid positions.
If the part about pay didn’t scare you away check out or internship page for more information and shoot us your resume.
Come share the love on Saturday, March 30 at 12pm at the market’s home of the Oakley United Methodist Church for a community garden work day. For even more fun, bring the kids down at 11am that day for a church Easter Egg Hunt and hot dog lunch! We’d love to see you there! Volunteers are needed to hide eggs, cook hot dogs, help clean brush, prepare garden beds and install tree swings and a swing set (we’re working on getting one!). We are also in need of donations for the garden and market, such as garden tools (hand held and larger tools) and outdoor children’s toys.