To the Editor,
Many people have asked, “Why did the Tecumseh Farmers Market move?” A better question would be “Why didn’t the market stay downtown?” There were several reasons why the market relocated.
1) Bathroom: A phone message on Friday, the day before market in October 2011, saying the Chamber had changed the locks and vendors were no longer allowed to use the bathroom. No explanation was given.
2) Safety: A vendor fell on a broken curb, hitting his face, nose, and breaking his glasses. When I shared this with Kevin Welch, asking to paint and fix the curb, he said it was not his problem.
3) Parking: Often times, there is no parking along the boulevard to unload in the morning or pack up in the afternoon. The ability to park next to your space is convenient and great for set up.
4) Many people didn’t like the “length” of the market saying it was spread out and too far to walk.
5) Others were frustrated when the sidewalks were blocked due to limited space, which also meant no room for the market to grow.
This is why the Tecumseh Farmers Market did not stay downtown. Relocating the market was not easy. There were no other downtown locations available. This was not done to upset or frustrate anyone. This was done in the best interest of the vendors and customers.
Tecumseh Farmers Market Coordinator
Editor’s note: The Herald contacted the city in regards to the farmers market. City Manager Kevin Welch responded, saying “The Farmer's Market is a nice draw for this community. The City and the Chamber, as always, would be happy to work with the market's organizers at its present location or to bring the Farmer's Market back downtown and make it better."