Farmers Market Denied Lease at the VAAC


Just another update on the state of the VAAC.

The Vermillion Area Farmers Market requested a week-to-week lease of the Washington Street Arts Center for the 2008 season, or for as long as the building remains in Arts Council hands during said season. Our purpose in requesting this lease was to maintain continuity of the market while we consider a downtown move. The Market has been at the Arts Center for the past two seasons. Below, I’ll re-type the response letter I received in the mail today. No, we weren’t invited to the meeting to discuss this matter, in case you’re wondering.

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Dear Ms. Terk:

The Vermillion Area Arts Council Board of Directors met on Monday, February 4, 2008 and discussed your request to rent the Art Center property as a site for the Farmers Market.

The Board unanimously determined that the Farmers market pursue other options being presented to them as the VAAC is regrettably unable to offer the same accommodations as in the past.

Jim Wilson, Treasurer

Vermillion Area Arts Council

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Please note that we did not request the same accommodations as in the past.

I am deeply concerned that the current VAAC Board leadership is burning its summer programming bridges in order to facilitate the sale of the Arts Center. The Farmers Market brought a lot of people to the “Church of the Arts” in the 5 months we set up there during our 2006 and 2007 seasons–this was good both for the VAAC and the market, as it created a lively atmosphere, brought in new memberships, and kept people coming to the Arts Center in the summer months.

Many of our vendors and customers appreciated the historical, architectural, and artistic significance of the building, and the fact that they could actually see the inside of the building, which would otherwise be locked up and desolate in the summer months, except for the ongoing art classes taught in the basement.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mr John Kenedy on February 19, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Hello,

    I have look at the insight of the reputable farm(Flying Tomato Farms) and indeed i have developed a huge interest and will like to be a part of the beautiful empire.

    I will be most grateful if you can get back to me and tell me the possible ways at which this can be done.

    I hope to hear from you as soon as possible.

    More strength to your elbows.

    Best Regards,
    John

  2. Posted by flyingtomato on February 19, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    John–

    Thank you for your comment! I certainly hope to be reputable, though I cannot say FTF is an empire–just a small sustainable garden on the prairie.

    I will get back to you personally about ways you can get involved. My elbows and I thank you for your interest!

    –Rebecca

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