To the Editor:
In the mid 1990s, a small group of us went to the town of Bar Harbor to change the zoning ordinance to allow farmers markets. Our goal was to help provide better access to local produce and products for people in town and restaurants. It was approved in 1998 but was left out in the 2010 rewrite by mistake.
What does that mean? No new farmers markets are allowed in town. Eden Farmers’ Market on Sunday has had to turn away the vendors they have added since 2010 and can’t add them back until article 2, the rewrite of the zoning ordinance, is passed at town meeting.
Farmers markets are great ways to connect with people and nourish our bodies with good food. They are also a great way for our young people to break into business, and they add money into our local economy.
Please take the time to vote. If you are a Bar Harbor resident, the balloting on the land use zoning changes will be held on Tuesday, June 9, at the municipal building.
I know a lot of people are working now or have other things going on. People who can’t go to the meeting can go to the town office Monday through Friday and ask for an absentee ballot. Vote yes for article 2.