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Albion closes downtown farmers market for ‘safety reasons’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 August 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Two weeks ago the village opened a new farmers market on East Bank Street in downtown Albion. It lasted two Sundays.

The Village Board voted on Friday to shut down the market due to “safety concerns.” Only one vendor, Vendetti Farms of Murray, had been at the site for the first two weeks.

Village Code Enforcement Officer Ron Vendetti, the brother of the farm owner, was managing the market and was there from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays. Vendetti said the market was building a customer base, and he was hopeful more farms would join.

Vendetti has some enemies in the village, including an Albion couple currently in a lawsuit with the village over a certificate of occupancy. That couple has been disruptive at the market, videotaping customers, Vendetti and the farm staff, Mayor Dean Theodorakos said.

“I worry that continuance of the market may result in escalation of bad behaviors, thus the decision to close for safety concerns,” the mayor said this morning. “I still believe the market is a great idea for downtown and hope we can bring it back next year.”