The President of the Farmers Market Association released a statement on Downtown Wichita Falls Development’s announcement that it would not renew the association’s lease.
“To the citizens of Wichita Falls, members of the Farmers Market Association, downtown businesses and customers of the market, the Farmers Market Association Board of Directors is truly disappointed with Downtown Development’s news release this morning,” said Scott Poenitzsch, President of the Farmers Market Association, said. “We received no prior notification of this release before seeing it here. In fact, we have tentatively scheduled a meeting for this coming Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. to continue talks towards a common solution. It appears that Downtown Wichita Falls Development has chosen a no-wisher path to amicably resolve ties.”
In addition to the statement, the Farmers Market Association Facebook page posted a photo purporting to be from an email exchange between Poenitzsch and Downtown Wichita Falls Development:
ORIGINAL STORY: Jul 22, 2022 at 10:09 am
Downtown Wichita Falls Development (DWFD) announced Friday that it would not be renewing its lease with the Farmer’s Market Association.
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The announcement comes after the Farmers Market Association expressed frustration at a 74% increase in fees paid by the association. While the prospect of an increase in booth prices for vendors was floated, an ordinance approved by the city council banned it.
Channel 6 will have more of this story on Friday night’s newscasts.
Read Downtown Wichita Falls Development’s full statement below: