The first farmer’s market after the election had the best turn out in months.
Why? According to Andy, “the Almond Guy,” it’s because the uncertainty is finally over. For the past several weeks, Andy says, the future of America has been entirely up in the air. Now that the election is over, people have a better idea of their ensuing financial standing. One journalist refers to this proven phenomenon as “pre-election jitters,” which lead to a decrease in spending in the weeks leading to the election.
Another explanation of the turnout at the market last Thursday is that the election fosters feelings of patriotism, which are then translated into a desire to be in public space. Hence, more farmers-market-goers!
Chris, the bread guy, has a different story. He doesn’t seem to think that the election has affected bread sales in the least. Chris believes his product to be entirely inelastic.
Overall, the farmers are very happy with the outcome of the election. Paul, the Pop-candy guy, sees a bright future for our government. With Democrats in the house and the oval office, he foresees democratic legislation, like Prop 37, getting passed easily in the future. He sees this as a good thing for his small, self-managed business that sells organic products.
The farmers estimate that since a majority of their customers are democrats, their victory in the election will cause sales will to temporarily increase. The vendors also unanimously agreed that they believe that the legislation that will be put forth by Obama will benefit them in the long run as well.