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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint House Resolution

J.R.H.  42

Joint resolution recognizing the importance of farmers’ markets in Vermont

Offered by:  Representatives Stevens of Shoreham, Acinapura of Brandon, Adams of Hartland, Ainsworth of Royalton, Anderson of Montpelier, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Bissonnette of Winooski, Botzow of Pownal, Bray of New Haven, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clarkson of Woodstock, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Courcelle of Rutland City, Devereux of Mount Holly, Donaghy of Poultney, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Howrigan of Fairfield, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Klein of East Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Mrowicki of Putney, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Randall of Troy, Scheuermann of Stowe, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Spengler of Colchester, Valliere of Barre City, Weston of Burlington, Winters of Williamstown, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, Vermonters increasingly seek fresh locally‑grown produce, and the U.S. Census of Agriculture has documented this consumer trend, reporting that Vermont’s direct food sales on a per‑capita basis are 5.5 times higher than the national average, and

Whereas, in many communities, the opportunity to purchase nutritious and wholesome Vermont agricultural products directly from the farmer producer is afforded to consumers at local farmers’ markets, and

Whereas, farmers’ markets, whose numbers have increased over 50 percent in recent years, are centers of community commerce that provide a convenient and welcomed outlet for area farmers to exercise their entrepreneurial skills while enabling customers to purchase fruits, vegetables, maple syrup, cheese, baked goods, and jams, and

Whereas, in 2005, farmers’ markets in Vermont reported net sales totaling $3,511,000.00, and

Whereas, farmers’ markets represent a unique business model whose leadership consists of volunteers, and they offer farmers the opportunity to test new products and, on occasion, farmers’ market sales result in a vendor deciding to open a permanently located facility to sell the product, and

Whereas, farmers’ markets serve as magnets for downtowns and village centers, attracting additional shoppers to stores and restaurants situated near the market as demonstrated in a survey of an August farmers’ market day in downtown Montpelier that documented $1.80 of additional spending in downtown for every dollar spent at the farmers’ market that morning for a combined total of $39,000.00 of consumer spending, and

Whereas, recognizing the mutual advantage that a farmers’ market brings to both the vendors and permanent retail establishments, municipalities, and private landowners often rent the land to the market at an extremely reasonable cost, and

Whereas, farmers’ markets are community gathering spots, serve as employment opportunities for musicians, and provide children’s activities, and

Whereas, both farmers and the cities and town hosts derive economic benefits from their association with farmers’ markets, and the consumer is the ultimate winner, bringing home the very best that Vermont agriculture has to offer, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the importance of farmers’ markets in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Jessie Schmidt at the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont in Richmond.





____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


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Brian E. Dubie                                             Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                               Clerk, House of Representatives



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont