Have you heard about the new City of Atlanta regulations affecting your local markets? These new rules and permits have been implemented without prior notice and are generating unanticipated costs. The regulations, including the required presence of an off-duty police officer each week, are increasing operating costs and stretching markets to the limit. Just this season, an additional $5,000 is needed to stay afloat. The Market needs your help so that these new fees aren’t passed along to the farmers and artisans you see each Saturday.
Each dollar you donate will be doubled, so please take the Green for Greens Challenge! A member of the Zyman Family Foundation (a long-time Market shopper) has graciously offered to match dollar for dollar all gifts to the Market up to $5,000! With your support, the Market can cover the regulatory expenses for this year AND most of 2011 without raising vendor fees. Any amount will help ensure that the Market continues to be a source for local, sustainable veggies, meats, cheeses, and the other goodies you enjoy each week. Now is the time to save your farmers market when $1 = $2.
What You Can Do:
Tax-deductible gifts to the Market can be brought to the Market or mailed to Peachtree Road Farmers Market, 2744 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta GA 30305. Please contact Market Manager Lauren Carey at 404-365-1078 with any questions or to learn more about Market sponsorship opportunities.
To be eligible for the matching program, the gift must be made in the form of a check and be received by Dec. 11, 2010.
2. Contact the Mayor’s Office
We are so thankful for your support of the Market and our Market members. Please continue to contact the Mayor's Office to express your support for farmers markets all over the city at 404-330-6100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Jennifer Maley