Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Market in Winter

The Farmers Market changes after January 1. The Saturday market is still open but the Wednesday Market does close. The Saturday Market becomes very peaceful. In general the apple vendors, the egg vendors, meat vendors, and some bakers will continue to come unless the weather is very bad.

The food vendors at the Market on Jan 3, 2009 included:

Alex Nemeth - apples
Kapnicks Orchard - apples
Wassem Orchard - apples and jams
Our Family Farm - eggs and honey
TMZ Farms - beef and buffalo
Millpond Bakery - breads
Fusilier - eggs
Hannaweld - lamb
Brines Farm - fresh salad greens
Maitelates - chocolates
Kern Road - jams and jellies
about 4 artisan vendors


  1. Here's a link to the 2008 Northville Farmer's market.

    The persons in the photo are Denise Brock and her husband. MY question to Mr. Thompson is the following..
    Since Ms. Brock is owner of Vena's Greenhouse and they have 3 stalls at the A2 market, is Denise Brock entitled to 3 more stalls at the A2 market? Totaling 6 stalls

  2. The two markets are completely independent. I don't see any logical basis for your question.

  3. the business entity of "vena's greenhouse" has 3 stalls at the
    A2 market. since Denise and Carol are owners of Vena's greenhouse" is Denise also entitled to have the business entity of "Denise Brock " at the A2 market (she has 3 stalls).
    Denise Brock has 2 businesses at the A2 market.

  4. Again, the two Markets are independent.

    The Ann Arbor Market has determined that Carol Vena and Denise Brock are both entitled to separate stall space. Through long term service, following the market rules for seniority, they have acquired 3 stalls each.

    What they choose to do at the Northville Market is not relevant.

  5. so at the A2 market Denise Brock is not owner of Vena's Greenhouse?

  6. That is possible.

  7. What is relevant, Glenn, is that Ann Arbor's Market Operating Rules contained provisions about businesses operating at the market, that they should be "single business entities". Back in 2000, the Market Commission ruled that Carol Vena and Denise Brock should not be operating together, but as 2 separate single business entities at the Ann Arbor market - but they continued to violate those rules that were in place. Carol Vena and Denise Brock are forced to operate as a single business entity at the Northville Market under Vena's Greenhouse.

    What exactly IS the business arrangement between Denise Brock and Carol Vena, and why is that even important for Ann Arbor's market? Do Carol and Denise own Vena's Greenhouse together? Do they share growing space? Do they grow anything independently from each other? Does Denise "rent" or "lease" space from Carol or vice versa? Why should they be allowed 6 stalls when in reality they operate as one business? This is unfair on its face, and I don't know how you can defend this practice. You should be ashamed of yourself, and apologize to all those vendors who have had to wait YEARS before being able to get even ONE permanent stall.

  8. You are confusing what is a business entity and what you think it should be. It is entirely possible, for example, for Brock Farms, Brock Greenhouses, Vena Farms, and Vena Greenhouses to all be separate legal business entities. It is entirely possible that the business entities at the Ann Arbor Market are entirely separate from those at Northville even if the principals involved are the same.

    Two unrelated people could sell separately at the Ann Arbor Market and then sell as a partnership at Northville. Would you oppose this? On what legal basis? Is your great concern simply that the people involved are related?

    If the son or daughter of a doctor or lawyer decides to become a doctor or lawyer would you try to prohibit them from practicing in the same city? Would it be "wrong" for them to share a legal office or a common library?

    Many of my uncles were farmers. They started with a section of my grandfathers farm. Should they have been prohibited from selling milk to the same dairy? We should be encouraging sons and daughters to stay in farming rather than providing obstacles that encourage them sell the family land for development.