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Debate over farmers market

Madison County Farmers Market at the center of a heated debate over hours of operation. Madison County Farmers Market at the center of a heated debate over hours of operation.
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The Madison County Farmers Market is at the center of a heated debate. There's been some changes, and they're not sitting well with everyone.

Friday morning, customers and vendors took their concerns to the Madison County Commission.

Earlier this year, the county made some big changes to the market's hours. Instead of being open seven days a week, it's now only a Wednesday through Sunday operation.

It used to stay open until 6 or 6:30 p.m. but now 3 and 4 p.m. is closing time.

Commissioners said the market was a money losing venture last year and they're just trying out different things to see what works.

Growers said the new hours are costing them some of their most loyal customers.

"A lot of them used to come down during the week, hoping there wouldn't be too much public there because they're seniors... they'd like to drive up to the door, be able to get their vegetables with no crowds around and leave," said Colleen Brooks, grower.

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