Group calls on Ag. Commissioner to suspend closing of farmers market

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Montgomery, AL (WSFA) - "Give us a fighting chance!"--that's the plea from a group of citizens and community leaders associated with the Fairview Avenue Farmer's Market in Montgomery.

They're calling on politicians to reconsider the decision to close the market down, even offering a compromise.

They group gathered Sunday with a message for the community and state leaders.

Organizer Cheryl Lang-Hardley said, "We're asking for the opportunity to come up with a plan to sustain the Fairview Avenue Farmer's Market, in terms of dollars."

Residents want Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan to suspend the immediate closing of the Fairview Farmer's Market and give them ninety days to come up with a plan to keep it open.

State Representative Alvin Holmes, who attended the gathering, said, "It's unfair, and we certainly hope Mr. McMillan will reconsider his position."

Last week, McMillan announced the closing of two Montgomery farmers markets, one near Garrett Coliseum and the one on Fairview Avenue; he said both were operating at a significant loss.

McMillan said the closings are part of the department's way of coping with a $2 million dollar budget cut.

"This is my livelihood," said Glenn Davis is a long time vendor at the market.  He says he and other vendors are willing to raise their own money if that's what it takes.

"The people in the community are really proud of the market, and if there's anything we can do to keep the market open, we really want to do that," Davis said.

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