Logan Square Farmers Market will Continue
By Anthony Todd in Food on May 23, 2011 3:30PM
A few weeks back, we brought you news of an aldermanic hissy fit that threatened the life of the Logan Square Farmers Market. Alderman Rey Colon objected that campaign material for his opponent in the last election had been handed out at the market, and tried to shut it down. The response was immediate - on every website that covered the story, angry comments piled up - and a few days later, Colon withdrew his formal opposition to their permit in the city counsel. Even then, it was unclear what would happen to the market. The Tribune reported Friday that Colon announced that he would support the market going forward.
Colon formed a new advisory panel for the market, and has submitted the necessary request for permits from his office. "I am happy about this resolution,” Colon said Friday afternoon. “It alleviates my concerns and allows some of the stakeholders of the farmers market to have a greater voice is satisfactory and it works well. I’m very excited at the outcome.”
While it's still disturbing that such a popular community site and retail operation can be thrown into turmoil by the whim of an alderman, we're glad this one turned out alright. However, we doubt that Colon's flip flop has regained him many of the votes he thew away by opposing the market in the first place. The market will open on June 5.