At last Saturday’s Farmers Market I received a free Farmers’ Market bag with one of my purchases.The construction of which was very good, the increased size was welcome and the longer handles easier to carry. The move to a red and black color scheme also made these bags stand out and get noticed.
All around a vast improvement from last year’s model. I was surprised that after I got home an emptied my market goodies that I was staring at an ad for Dymin Steel Inc. One side has the Aurora Farmers Market logo, the other has the Dymin Steel logo as seen in the picture above. Not knowing anything about Dymin Steel and expecting them to be a local business I decided to check them out online: http://www.dymin-steel.com/ . They’re not. Dymin Steel is located in Brampton. Anyone else wonder why a Brampton based company would sponsor Aurora’s Farmers’ Market? I did, up until I found it to be another of councilor Granger’s bone-headed contributions in his role as liaison. The following is taken from the minutes of a council meeting back on May 27th, 2008 ( http://www.town.aurora.on.ca/aurora/index.aspx?ArticleID=2066&lang=en-CA )
Councillor Granger advised that there will be many fun events happening on this date including a customized tote-bag give-away, as a result of the kind support of Dymin Steel Inc., the first corporate sponsor of the Aurora Farmers’ Market.
Was it really so hard to find a local sponsor?Don’t we have an E.D.A.C. committee and a chamber of commerce that could assist in finding one? If the mayor really believed that the Farmers Market is a huge economic development (as she said at council on Feb 23rd) why isn’t the Town of Aurora sponsoring these market bags? For both the Mayor and councilor Granger who profess to care and support local business, this seems like a massive slap in the face to so many of them that are community oriented. I guess it’s no surprise that councilor Granger would look for sponsorship from outside of our town’s borders considering that he was also of the belief that the market would drive people to the downtown core. Which of course never happened because he participated in moving it out of the core. I hope that now that the Farmers Market has severed ties with councilor Granger that they shift their sights towards some local sponsors. Robert Townsend once said that “A good leader needs to have a compass in his head and a bar of steel in his heart.” Councilor Granger seems to have it the other way around.