2 market organizers, sharing.

One of my favorite sights is when two market managers have a minute. Jan, the longtime market organizer of the Covington Farmers Market and Richard, founder and director of the Crescent City Farmers Market in New Orleans catch up after many years of running neighboring markets. The Covington Farmers Market is across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, only about 50 miles north of the city but the two have not seen each other for a long time. Richard assisted Covington when they first opened (the year after CCFM opened) and the two markets amiably share a great many vendors and so also share information when needed. This type of warm, informal market relationship is found in almost region. I can think of many examples-Durham and Carrboro in North Carolina, Mount Pleasant and 14th and U markets in Washington DC, the Westside Community Market and Dane County Farmers Market and so on. Networking doesn’t always mean a formal association; it can simply mean professional sharing and interdependence.

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