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Ripon farmers market plans before council

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POSTED May 6, 2014 1:30 a.m.

The Farmers Market Committee has looked at various ways to serve its customer base at the City of Ripon summer event.

One idea consisted of wine-tasting featuring a different wine vendor each week was brought up at a recent Ripon City Council meeting.

Mayor Chuck Winn is scheduled to provide a Farmers Market update at tonight’s 7 p.m. open session in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

Several changes are in store for this year including relocating Farmers Market from downtown to Stouffer Park.

Council Jake Park noted during the March 4 meeting that Stouffer would be a great place for wineries and wine makers to showcase their product for sampling and sales.

He also believes that Ripon, if all goes accordingly, would be the first in the area to feature wine-tasting as part of the Farmers Market experience.

 One hurdle is the ordinance prohibiting open containers of alcohol in city parks. Winn indicated that Council could adopt some sort of change here to make Farmers Market an exception.

Council has that authority to do so, according to City Attorney Tom Terpstra.

Councilman Dean Uecker and Vice Mayor Elden ‘Red’ Nutt also supported the wine-tasting idea.

“Perhaps the tasting could take place in Stouffer Hall,” said Uecker back then. “It’s worth doing some work to see if wineries would be interested.”

Added Councilman Leo Zuber: “There are enough issues that still has to be addressed – the (Farmers Market) committee needs to come back with a proposal (to Council).”

For more information, call 209.599.2108 or log on to www.cityofripon.org.

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