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Controversy arises at Bozrah Farmer's Market

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BOZRAH, CT (WFSB) -

The Bozrah Farmer's market is very popular, but one local farmer said they won't let him in because of politics.  

It was voted one of the nation's best farmer's market, however the Bozrah Farmer's Market is overflowing this season, with controversy.

Seventh generation Bozrah farmer Chris Sullivan said he's applied for a vendor spot, but market managers denied him a spot.

"I've been growing flowers and pumpkins since I was three years old and selling them. Unfortunately now, we're not allowed to do that,” Sullivan said.

The popular market is managed by the town's park's commission and First Selectman Catherine McCue.  Their website said all their vendor spaces are taken this season.

“We welcome you to submit a completed vendor application and the required documentation and we may be able to place you on our waiting list,” the commission wrote in a letter to Sullivan

Sullivan said he thinks the "real" reason is politics. He's running for selectman against McCue, whose running things.

In a statement, McCue told Eyewitness News "the letter to Mr. Sullivan explained the process for participating in the market.  Kit believes because he lives in town he is entitled to set up whenever and wherever he please.  The farmers market is not a drop--in market and is successful for good reason."

"It's definitely small town politics everybody in town knows it,” Sullivan said. “It's unfortunate that this is what it’s come to."

It's unlikely the sunflowers will be at the farmers market in Bozrah this year, but Kit Sullivan said maybe next year.

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