June 27, 2012
Call it what you want, whether that's "farmers market," "street fair" or "tastebud trip."
The city of Carmel is calling it "an outdoor artisan fresh and prepared food market," or "Carmel artisan food experience" for short.
I call it beautiful—mainly because it is actually happening.
I feel confident saying as much because the Food Blog has obtained a Request for Qualifications City Administrator Jason Stilwell will be releasing, along with revised "market guidelines" to recruit someone to run the show. Materials must be received at City Hall by noon Friday, July 6.
It's neat to take a peek behind the curtain to understand the aims a decorated and deep roster of stakeholders have prioritized.
The six-part mission, for instance (in the RFQ and the guidelines), lays out what the market "strives" to do, including #1 ("connect residents and visitors with each other in the heart of town by providing an open-air opportunity to shop for fresh food and taste the culinary experiments of local purveyors") and #6 ("promote a spirit in Carmel that is unique, artistic, unconventional, compassionate, and welcoming to everyone who wants to enjoy this special place.")
Those familiar with the at-times political world of farmers markets will also enjoy the rules laid out in the guidelines, which discuss boundaries in selecting farmers, purveyors, restaurants and vendors—and even things like aesthetics, nonprofit participants and packaging.
But dive into the details yourself at the link furnished above. And see you on the Carmel streets before the end of the year.