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Arlington gets grant for farmers market

ARLINGTON -- The City of Arlington has received a $40,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant to construct the Lick Skillet Farmers Market on the Calhoun and Early County line.

This will allow local and regional farmers to sell their produce to the local community. The market will also allow other sellers marketing edible, farm-related produces a central location to sell their products such as jams, jellies, pies/cakes, and boiled peanuts.

The market will be constructed so that as interest increases, more buildings can be added for other farmers and sellers.

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agirl_25 1 year, 9 months ago

How wonderful....I hope that a Farmer's Market does open in Arlington at the Calhoun-Early line but my question would be....who is gonna be in charge of the money?? I hope not the same thieves who stole the money from the summer food program in Arlington last year. I love Farmer's Markets. They are great places to buy some wonderful fresh produce at great prices. Remember last year what happened in Arlington with the misspent funding for the summer food program for the children? If someone could easily misspend $85,000 they could just as easily misspend another $40,000, right? By the way, I wonder if the state officials ever found out who exactly misspent the funds and if the city ever paid them back and if the funds were withheld this year because of someone's greed.

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waltspecht 1 year, 9 months ago

I believe you are referring to the Mayor and his wife illegally being employed by the program, however, I could be wrong. As to the Farmers market, how many have failed over the years? Albany's is a prime example.

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agirl_25 1 year, 9 months ago

The city of Arlington and Marvin King, Mayor/administrator, and Mary King, Administrative Assistant, were determined to be seriously deficient in the operation of the funds. That was from the article that was in the Albany Herald back when the story was discussed in the Squawk in the fall of 2011 I believe. Still it would be nice if just ONCE a Market could come to fruition but then I don't suppose anyone would be interested in anything that isn't fried and wrapped in paper with a supersized soda and a large order of fries. As far as how many failed over the years I have no idea. I have a nice small garden every year and even when I offer to let people come pick anything they want from my garden they are too lazy to do it. I even offer to let them come pick blueberries and figs and they actually think I will pick them for them...hahahaha..can you imagine...I have a small orchard and I would rather haul the excess off into the woods for the deer to feast on!!

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