The volunteer coordinator of Ridgeland’s new Farmers Market has asked the city to pay him, and officials rightly have some reservations.

The market, called True Local Market of Ridgeland and six years in the making, is an excellent addition to the community and offers a good outlet for area growers.

But the very definition of socialism is “any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.”

Other than the economic development efforts to bring the market, why would city government be in the fruit and vegetable business in the first place? 

Facilitating the Farmers Market is one thing, but paying for it is another. In theory, the market should make enough money to pay the coordinator and related fees.

We don’t doubt the sacrifices made to ensure the market a success, but it should be a private-sector affair up and running.

Ward 5 Alderman Bill Lee said that it was not clear to him whether the coordinator was asking for $800 every week or just the weeks the market would be open. Other aldermen agreed that was unclear.

Ward 1 Alderman Ken Heard noted that this came up after aldermen had finalized their budget.

“This could have affected any number of discussions form the pay raises we gave to department wish lists. I really wish this had come up earlier,” Heard said.

The pay matter has been tabled for now.

At best, perhaps, the market should be a function of the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce, not city government.