CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Citing a lack of funding, the Putnam County Farmers Market is cutting some of its programs.
With the upcoming Kids Day event on Saturday, Putnam Farmers Market President Katie Campbell, 27, of Buffalo, said she wanted to include items like inflatables for the children, but limited funding just doesn't make it possible.
"It was about $500 for the inflatables, and if we spent that, we just wouldn't have had money for our other operating costs," she said.
Campbell said as a nonprofit, the farmers market has trouble getting funding.
The main source of income is a $25 membership and $5 vendor fee. Beyond that, the farmers market has only had a few small grants recently, and those are quickly dwindling.
"We've spent money in the past to get stuff like that for Kids Day, but this year, I tried to get new signs and brochures. We had to get the EBT debit card machine, and there's always operating costs," Campbell said.
"We just couldn't come up with it. It's hard. The funds are dwindling down, and we don't replenish it."
Campbell said the farmers market has set up an advisory board and hopes to find someone willing to write grant applications.
"We don't get grants, which is a big way other farmers markets are able to pay their market managers and things like that," she said.
Chrissy Foster, 38, of Fraziers Bottom, is the vice president of the farmers market. She said the group's background doesn't lend itself to fundraising.
"It was a group of vendors that came together, and we based our whole operating system on one other market that we knew about," Foster said.