Eau Claire Farmers Market vendors will need to get 51% of their ingredients, when available, from other farmers market sellers.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- "We already have a large garden and have been supplementing the vegetables from here at the market," said Sally Hable with Bohemian Ovens.
She believes in buying and selling local, supporting the people doing the same thing she does at the farmers market.
But she had some hesitation at first about a new rule, set to take effect next year that requires vendors to get 51% of their ingredients from the farmers market.
"We'll be working with some vendors here but the board is willing to work with us and I'm sure it will be okay," she said.
There are some things she cannot get at the market like large amounts of eggs. And that is something the board understands will happen and is willing to work around it.
"The 51% is something to strive for," said Deidra Barrickman. She is Manager of the Eau Claire Farmers Market. "We realize not everyone is going to have a product that would have 51%, so we're willing to work with each vendor individually to make this work for them in the best way that we can."
That includes encouraging vendors to buy local outside of the market if need be. Still, some vendors worry about the impact the rule could have on business.
"It's gonna make it harder for a lot of the vendors, scratch bakers, to price properly, you know they have to be able to cost their product to sell it for a profit, and it will make it a lot more difficult," said John Govin with Govin's Meats and Berries.
He says his berry and meat business could benefit from the new rule.
"But overall I think it's best to benefit the market and I think the diversity benefits the market," he said.
While the biggest impact of the new rule is on the booths at the farmers market, it all comes down to the customers. Customers we talked with see the issue from both sides.
"That's just supporting your whole community, supporting everyone who is down here to do what they're doing," said Kayla Briggs.
"I think it's too complex and the farmers market is already beautiful the way it is," said Terry Borman.