Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2020. 10:33 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Following the video that BBN posted on our page this morning, we met with some farmers who expressed dissatisfaction with the process required for them to sell their produce to market vendors.
The farmers also claimed that there is a particular market vendor that is disgruntled and has been complaining to the Town Council that the local farmers are selling retail produce to buyers.
BBN contacted Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, Earl Trapp who explained that the local farmers are allowed to sell to market vendors wholesale on Tuesdays and Saturdays for the local market days.
“We allow them to sell wholesale to the market vendors and we allow them to do that between certain hours and 2:00 p.m. is the deadline for that. I am also aware that after 2:00 from 2 to 7 p.m. they can sell retail. So, if there is a need for them to do more retailing then we have to come to a general consensus; them, the council and the market vendors and see where we can fit them in. But they can’t just come and set up where-ever they want and just sell, it is illegal. I am in favor of them and we always have meetings and say you guys are the ones that work the hardest,” Trapp said.
The local farmers shared with BBN that there is a dire need for them to sell more retail because market vendors want to pay less than the price they are offering for wholesale and they feel the credit is being taken from them.