Added costs have some vendors leaving Farmer's Market
PADUCAH, Ky. - She's called the 'Bee Lady,' and most days you can find Annie Broyles in her backyard. Broyles, a retired educator, has been tending bees for 20 years and selling honey at the Farmer's Market for the past 10.
But this year, she says, she will not be returning. The city is now enforcing a liability insurance policy. All vendors, at any city event, must have $1 million in liability insurance. However, those at the Farmer's Market had to add the city and Jim Smith contracting to their policy, because the land is leased from Smith Contracting. A city spokesperson says insurance is mandatory and is included in their lease agreement with Smith contracting.
Broyles says the change in insurance adds up to $500 a season.
"I just thought there's no way," she said, adding, "I just was not going to do that."
Minnie Miller, a 25 year veteran of the Farmer's Market, says she has already paid up, and because of her existing insurance, it was only a few extra dollars for the season.
Miller says she understands the policy, but some don't.
"Some have left the market on behalf of it," she admitted.
In fact, Annie Broyles is now selling honey from her home.
"I'm going to sell come hell or high water," she said.
The City of Paducah says they are only enforcing a policy meant to protect them, the vendors, and shoppers.