I have known Emmett since he arrived in Vermont and started farming in Sunderland.
He grew the best watermelons down there in the "banana belt" and delivered them to our farm-stand on Route 11, on his way to the farmers' market in Londonderry. After he and his wife, Lini, decided to move up onto the mountain I have had a close working relationship with Emmett. Beyond working together on many projects to further the development and management of our farms, we have created local special events and served on boards together. While Emmett served as President of the West River Farmers Market, investments in local agriculture and small business went hand in hand, doubling the market's number of vendors and total sales.
Emmett has always had everyone's best interest in mind. He was able to see the big picture, and with that vision, helped increase sales at our region's farmers markets. He also did so without compromising the aesthetics and charm of our communities. The markets have been incubators for dozens of small businesses and have created jobs and prosperity for many Vermonters. Emmett was a selfless worker; he used precedence and current by-laws, as well as market rules to foster such positive growth. These qualities of governance he displayed, as a leader to so many small business owners working together to market and expand their product lines fairly, are a true testament to his ability to be a balanced and sincere district representative.