Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum, Ph.D.
February 1, 2012
Board of Selectmen
Town of Plymouth
11 Lincoln Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
To the Board:
So now we know how much money it takes in Plymouth to throw ethics, morality and fairness out the window. It takes $5000, the amount of the bid accepted by the town to run the Plymouth Farmers’ Market, a market created and lovingly nurtured by Barbara Anglin for the last eight years.
To say I am disgusted with this decision cannot begin to express the depth of my feelings. I started attending the Plymouth Farmers’ Market in 2010, first the Winter Market and then the Summer Market at Stephens Field. It was my first experience with farmers’ markets, and I felt welcomed and nurtured from the very first visit. Since I don’t live in Plymouth, and didn’t have many reasons to go there, I was very pleasantly surprised to find the high quality; standards in regard to local, organic and healthy food; and variety that the market offered. All of these things were in complete agreement with my personal philosophies about the kind of food I want to buy for my family. In addition, Barbara Anglin made me feel welcome and special for coming to the market. That’s an intangible that can’t be quantified. I also began to explore other businesses in Plymouth that I would never have known about had it not been for the Farmers’ Market, because the Farmers’ Market gave me a good feeling about shopping in Plymouth.
I didn’t know anything about the magnitude of the problems Barbara was experiencing with Susan Shannon, the owner of the Side Dish Café. I only found out about it at your own Board of Selectmen meetings. So because one woman is disgruntled, you put out a completely flawed and improper RFP (your own Assistant Town Manager, who clearly was out of her depth, admitted this), you make acceptance determined solely on financial criteria, and you award Barbara’s work product to a group fronting for the disgruntled woman. (Apparently Susan Shannon was in Town Hall during the day on the 31st, making sure everything was in order for the evening.) Can you see why this stinks to high heaven?
I don’t know what Barbara Anglin makes running the Farmers’ Market. I don’t really care – in fact, I’m sure it’s not nearly enough to compensate for all the work she does. I doubt if it would be enough to get a person off welfare. I do know that you have now destroyed the work she’s done for the past eight years. I do know that I will NEVER patronize the new farmers’ market, if it even gets up and running. My friends will know why I’m not patronizing it, and it’s not a pretty story.
You, the Board of Selectmen, should be ashamed of yourselves. You have placed money (it’s always about money and politics, isn’t it?) above fairness, ethics and morality. You have sullied the reputation of the Town of Plymouth.