Market Rules - avoiding conflict
Hi. I've participated in four farmers markets over the last few years, all of them fairly small (or at least small on the days I am there). I have a friend who does the same at different markets. It seems that often issues arise between market managers and vendors that stems, in my opinion, from two problems. 1) vendors wanting to be assured a monopoly on what they do, whether it be selling bread or organic produce or jewelry or what have you, and then getting bent because someone new has arrived doing something similar and cutting into their sales and 2) market managers forgetting that people who sell at markets are in business, and often the income they earn is critical to their livelihood. They are not doing it so they can watch little kids eat watermelon and old friends catch up while their dogs sniff each other (or at least that isn't their main reason for being there).
I'm a big believer in written expectations up front. Anyone have any good verbiage from their market rules that seems to address these two often opposed goals of any good market. A good mix of vendors, a fair enforcement of the rules, not arbitrarily changing course mid season, and something that honors the business/vendor side of things? A friend of mine has been asked mid season to stop making a specific variety of bread, so that she isn't competing with another bread vendor that has something similar, and has been selling at that market longer.
Many thanks for the input.