Dayton Farmers Market a dual affair

Two groups will share space for the market, which opens Friday downtown.

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DAYTON -- Dayton's Farmers Market opens Friday and continues Saturday on North First Street downtown.

Shoppers probably won't notice, but the Saturday market will have two different market groups sharing the space, brought about by what one participant calls "a difference of opinion."

The market's former manager, Jacci Wooten, resigned her position after a philosophical clash with the market's board of directors.

Wooten, who has 10 years experience with the Moscow, Idaho farmer's market, will manage what will be called the Saturday Market at the same time and place as the Dayton Farmer's Market is open downtown.

"We're going ahead with what we're doing," Wooten said. "We're going to have several vendors, a Kiwanis food booth, and entertainment."

After Wooten resigned, the board of directors of Dayton Farmer's Market decided to divide duties among board members, according to board chairman Travis Richardson. Board members are William Anderson, Yvette Vieu, Donna Helsious and Zonia Dedloff. Anderson is treasurer.

"Our No. 1 goal this year is to attract new vendors and broaden the Market's appeal," Richardson said in a press release.

It was that goal, and a disagreement over licensing, that caused Wooten to resign.

Wooten said opening the market to all vendors would create a flea market. She also does not agree that vendors who resell produce or other items should be welcomed.

Each vendor should have a business license if they are selling taxable items, Wooten said. She also noted that vendors who sell home baked or home canned foods need a health certificate and a food handler's permit.

Richardson said he expects the Saturday downtown location to be more family friendly and accessible to the community and foot traffic. It will also be more visible to passing motorists and other downtown Dayton shoppers.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.



If you go

The Dayton Farmer's Market and Saturday Market will be held each Friday on the Seneca lawn, 711 E. Main St. from 4 to 7 p.m. and each Saturday from on North First Street between Main Street and the alley 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October.

For more information contact Travis Richardson at 509-386-6432 or email him at daytonfarmmarket@gmail.com.

Jacci Wooten can be reached at 382-2526 days or 382-8921 evenings.

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