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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Buy Fresh Comes to Cameron County

Buy Fresh Comes to Cameron County

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that a local farmer has taken up the challenge to set up a stand in Emporium and sell fresh produce! Uhl 4-Star Farm from Kersey will sell peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and sweet corn all raised on their farm in Kersey.

“For years folks living in Cameron County have asked why we don’t have a centralized location where farmers could set up a stand, starting this Saturday, August 24 we do,” explained executive director Tina Johns Solak. The location next to the chamber will be convenient for those wishing to walk. Parking on the street is also available. The price is just .05 per half hour.

Uhl 4-Star Farm is family owned and operated. They participate in various farmers markets in communities in Elk County. This is their first visit to Cameron County.

34 comments :

Anonymous said...

Wow what a joke the chamber is. Apparently they forget there is a family right here in town that sells produce. Yeah they may not grow it but they are set up all the time. So bring in someone else to run in on what an actual local family has been doing for years. Yeah way to go cameron county chamber of commerce. I'd like to see what you are getting out of this deal

Anonymous said...

The chamber is providing a service to those that receive farmer market voucher checks.

Anonymous said...

I know that the family you speak of was asked to bring their items to a central location and they declined. Many people have asked that all selling their items come to a central location. Yea Chamber!

Anonymous said...

Yes I was thinking the same thing when I was reading this. We have many families in Emporium that grow their own veg. and the Chamber brings in someone from out of town? Is the Chamber trying to bring business for the locals in town or run them out of their OWN town....... NOT A GOOD MOVE CHAMBER!

Anonymous said...

Do they accept Farmer's Market checks?

Anonymous said...

For years we did have local people who set up a Farmer's Market every Saturday down at the Dollar General. Guess that doesn't count either. And since when do you have to pay to park on Saturday?

Anonymous said...

Is this just a one time thing, or will they be there every Saturday? It's nice that the people in CC will have somewhere to spend their FM vouchers!

Anonymous said...

The farmers market you speak of at DG doesn't exist anymore so that point is moot. The family mentioned that sells at the end of town near Rite Aid is usually only out there on Friday's & sometimes not even then. I've made purchases from them in the past because I'd rather buy from them than Olivetts, but they're not always selling during set hours or days which makes buying from them difficult. There's no reason to look at this as a negative. Now there will be fresh produce available on Friday & Saturday. By the way, the produce from the other end of town isn't local, it's brought in from NY. The chamber does try to promote local business as you'd notice if you check their website or Facebook page. Sometimes the local businesses don't help themselves though so there's only so much you can do.

Anonymous said...

Not just focusing on the one family at the other end of town, MANY families / farmers were contacted this year and asked to sell their produce and products, they ALL declined. If you are intrerested in selling your produce, please feel free to set up to sell this weekend in the empty lot next to the Chamber, if that one is full, set up in the large lot next to the Midtown! I'm sure the town would LOVE to see numerous vendors! How great would that be!!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you bitch at and about the ones that fight on a daily basis to bring good things to your town! Try living in a town that the powers that have been in the past and present fight anything new coming in!

Anonymous said...

The chamber in cameron county doesn't do anything unless it benefits them or makes them look good. Just look at the artisan center. Its great to have something for the local artists, oh but wait lets charge them a ridiculous price to do it. Instead of doing what a chamber should do. I don't know maybe find good matches with businesses that will help the local artist and a business in town. I think its time you start helping businesses here instead of competing with them.

Anonymous said...

Local Farmer??? Did I miss the merger between Emporium and Kersey?

Anonymous said...

Are u kidding me!!!! This isnt helping people in town r town!this is driving people away to buy stuff from people that arent from here as far as them having the support from my family they will not! The chamber needs to pull there heads outta somewhere and see that this will not help local people in ne way but pushibg them torwards retirement!

Anonymous said...

The Chamber is just getting us ready for the big merger in the near future. You ask your self what merger is that? The merger of Cameron and Elk County. It will happen my friends. This county is ran by egotistical clowns. They do any and everything to justify their jobs. That starts with the Commissioners down to the janitor at the court house. This also applys to all other offices ran by the county. As for the market stand go. I think that Tina has a good idea and is looking out for the best interest of folks. Just my opinion.

Anonymous said...

No she does not have a good idea. This county need to start watching for itself and being self reliant or there are very dark days ahead indeed.

Anonymous said...

If the ones that are not happy with this Farm from Kersey coming to Emporium to sell their produce than common sense would be not to come out and buy anything. As with anything, if not enough people support something, it fizzles out.

Anonymous said...

WAWAWA Bitch Bitch Bitch, how many of you attend a Boro Council meeting, Township meeting or School Board meeting and share your bright ideas to make thing better???? NONE I bet. You just want to sit on your butt and whine and cry. I agree, Cameron County is going to become part of another
County and if you think you have issues now, just wait till then. A few years ago the Commissioners tried moving the County into the 21st Century and the "elected officials" of the fiefdoms didn't want to give up their "power".
You want to change things? Run for office, you'll find out its not so easy.

Anonymous said...

For your information I have gone to these meetings. But words fall on deaf ears. So instead of trying that how bout standing together for a change. We are the only ones that can change things.

Harold Seay said...

He didn't grow his own produce but the stands were always busy and people were happy with what my dad sold . He had a business license and paid his taxes . From Potter county potatoes in fall n winter to Alabama tomatoes and AMISH grown goods all summer long. Seemed like people loved the produce Charlie sold. Its too bad that since we moved away in '86 the people of Cameron Co. don't have much of a choice other than buying California or Mexican produce. Good luck with this new produce provider.

Anonymous said...

I commend Tina for trying to livin up this god forsaken county with a farmers market and everything else she's trying to accomplish. Everyone is so set in their ways in this town it's like beating your head against a wall. Won't be long it'll be another ghost town.
Hang in there Tina, we just need some new blood and commissioners that care always and not only at election time.

Anonymous said...

Did some of you who are complaining about this one little produce stand coming into our "sacred territory" read the comment that says "MANY families / farmers were contacted this year and asked to sell their produce and products, they ALL declined". They were asked & couldn't be bothered so why is it so evil to have an outside vendor come into town? There's no vet to bring your pets to in town either so when your animals are sick do you take them to a vet out of town or do you try to do the provide medical care yourself? When your kids want jeans do you go to a mall or do you sew them yourself? I think we all know the answer.

Anonymous said...

Vets and jeans have nothing to do with this. Did you ever think that maybe these families that they "say" were contacted only grow enough for what they use and can for they're families? And farms? I was unaware that there were any produce farms here. Oh and how about the license that are required to do this. Is the chamber going to help with this or are the many families/farms supposed to tske care of all this on they're own. Did you ever think that maybe these people were approached after planting season and they just don't have enough to sell. And also read where it says LOCAL FARM, want to bring someone in fine so be it. But don't write it out and advertise it like we are a bunch of idiots and aren't going to notice. Advertise it for what is. Now 12:20 sit back think about that and stare at your keyboard instead of touching it. Maybe something smarter will come out of it

Anonymous said...

Can the good citizens of Cameron County buy the produce with their ACCESS cards? If they can, they will be out in droves!

Anonymous said...

I normally don't resort to name calling on an anonymous post, but since you stooped to that level & I have no way of saying this to your face, I'll say it here. 1:11, you must be complete moron. I don't think you would know what intelligence was if it hit you in the face. Your right, this isn't about vets & jeans, it's called using an analogy. Look it up. I find it funny that a damn fruit stand gets this kind of belligerent response from people when most of you don't do a thing about the real issues facing the county, except post on Solomons or Facebook & act like your community oriented. Now, to address your quote:

"Did you ever think that maybe these families that they "say" were contacted only grow enough for what they use and can for they're families? And farms? I was unaware that there were any produce farms here"

Now your saying the chamber is lying about contacting any local framers we may have? Then you go on to say that they may only produce enough for their own families? I thought the whole point of this idiotic debate was that the chamber is supposedly pushing a non-local farm when we have ones willing to sell their goods here?? Obviously if they only have enough for their families they won't be selling it! As far as there being produce farms here, there probably aren't any that grow produce to make a living, but there are some that grow enough corn, tomatoes & other crops to be able to sell if they so choose. Unfortunately they choose not to. Should Cameron County residents just say screw it & go without then? Bottom line is this: People were given the opportunity back at the end of June to sell their goods in town & THEY DECLINED!!! Do you really believe the chamber has some unknown, secret agenda to push Emporium businesses of nay kind out the door?? Wouldn't that mean they would be unemployed soon??

Anonymous said...

Hmm end of of june, pretty sure produce is already planted and growing at that point. So therefore yes only grow what they needed. Thank you very much point proven

Anonymous said...

Re:12:15 new blood....... I made it a point to talk to a ex-candidate for commissioner today. His name Alvin Lyon. He ran as a independent in the election. I ask him if he plans on running again in the next election? He was unsure right now. He said, " I'm not happy with the current commissioners indecisiveness on the tuff issues." I asked what do you mean? He went on to explain about the current realestate tax issue downtown and the judicial tax sales. We also talked about other things but, that was the most important ones. I sure hope he runs again and picks a party.(Repulican or Democrat) We need a youthful outlook on the future of Cameron County.

Just Sayin' said...

You have proven that you truly are an idiot as suggested earlier. If they intended to sell produce, it wouldn't matter when they were approached. If they only planted enough for self support, they didn't intend to sell produce. If they didn't intend to sell produce, this does not affect their sales, does it.
I'm not even from Cameron County, but it sounds to me like you are just pissed off because you did not plant enough to sell in the first place and now that there is a market to sell it, you don't get to benefit from it. Might I suggest that you plant more next year and hope the C of C finds it on their hearts to let your angry ass sell at their events. I hope your produce is not as bitter as your personality. If it is you wont sell much.

Anonymous said...

5:27 first off I don't have a garden, second why would they plant enough to sell at a farmers market that did not exsist. Yeah makes a lot of sense to this idiot. Maybe this is something that should have been planned and asked of people before the planting season then just maybe they would have planned on selling

Anonymous said...

524, well said. I am one of the people in this county that owe back taxes. Before all you start running your mouths about that, I work everyday and a lot of weekends. Some people just fall on hard times it happens to everyone. I missed the deadline and my house went through the tax sale. I didn't make it to the court house until 15 minutes after the sale with cash in hand. They would not accept it. They said the house didn't sell in the tax sale so now it has to go through a sheriffs sale. Money in hand to pay off what ibiwed and they wouldn't take it. How much sense does that make.

Anonymous said...

All the arguing back and forth put aside, there are actually good points in both directions here being said. Seems to me maybe the residents of the county need to come together and discuss these issues and come up with a plan. If your powers to be dont then you should.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha why don't all of you just show up there Saturday and throw tomatoes at each other

Anonymous said...

It has long been said that local businesses in most small communities, can not supply every need for every person. With that being said, there must be a starting point. Would I like to see our local farmers set up at a central location in Emporium, absolutely. I hadn't heard anything had been organized for our local farmers, nothing in newspapers requesting participation or anything of the sort. This vendor could be a starting point for our local farmers to participate next year. I put a challenge out to, Tina or anyone else out there who would like to take on the project. Help our local farmers prepare for next year, organize the group, help them obtain the required license and inspections, explain the guidelines and inform them on fees and other information. I am assuming this vendor opening in cameron county has the proper license and inspections? Maybe they could help our farmers prepare for next year? There are many issues that residents would like to see change, but complaining on a website will get no one anywhere. Find the proper forum, attend meetings, create committees.. do what is necessary to make the changes that are close to your heart, don't wait for someone else, or slam those who do try.

Nuff Said said...

You should quit while you are ahead. If the farmer needed the additional produce and income, then thy shouldn't be reliant upon this to happen to sell their goods. They should plant, advertise and sell from their home. If this did not come to fruition until June, how could the organizers notify the farmers prior to that. If they had notified them, and the farmers spent more to plant more, and it did not come to be, then you would Bitch because they spent money they didn't have. More importantly, if you are not a farmer, and this does not affect you directly, shut the hell up and stop getting your panties in a wad over something that really does not concern you.

Anonymous said...

I find this interesting, the complaints continue, the arguements contintue and still no one has stepped up to organize or plan for next year. If you are committed to making the future of Cameron County better, then why not start discussing solutions? This is part of the reason no progress is made, everyone has their personal opinions and no focus or goals are established. And before another rude comment comes by.. I will offer to help also. Who else here will say that?