Letters From The Editor – Farmers Market

The Hear-old

Rant: So Pacific Grove merchants don’t want people from outside Pacific Grove selling their wares at the Pacific Grove Certified Farmers Market. That almost makes sense, or it would if the only point to the whole thing was protection of the Pacific Grove merchants. But the customers ought to count for something, don’t you think? Unless we’re missing something, more vendors equals more stuff for sale equals more customers for everyone.

They don’t get it. If they had any sense of customer service they’d stay in town late and buy a booth to extend their wares to the street along side the rest, only with a message that they are also available the other days of the week.

Letters From The Editor – Farmers Market

Locals Are Running Farmer's Market Out Of Town

The rusty garden decor shop and the second liquor store in town join forces to get rid of the people from outside the gates. Not that they sell anything that is in competition with them….

Now where am I going to get any sustainable watermelons?

Melons

In the six months since the weekly outdoor market made its debut, the event has attracted a small following of attendees who turn out for organic produce, a chance to see their neighbors and support some local merchants.

Just how local some of those merchants are has been brought into question: Complaints in recent weeks accused some vendors of being from outside Pacific Grove.

“It’s a minor point of contention,” said Bill Valuch, co-owner of Miss Trawick’s Garden Shop and a member of the Business Improvement District advisory board, “but some businesses did not think that was fair.”

As a result, downtown merchants asked the planning commission to establish measurable guidelines to ensure the vendor pool remains local.

Locals Are Running Farmer’s Market Out Of Town

Farmers Market Finally Lands Downtown

After business owners protested the market for more than a year, the open air market on Lighthouse Avenue will go on every Monday from 4p.m. to 8p.m.

Many shoppers welcomed the farmers market and said it was over due in Pacific Grove.

Meanwhile, opponents of the market say only time will tell what if any affect the market will have on other businesses.

 

  • Needs:
  • More prices posted – don’t like to haggle over carrots.
  • More variety – more than carrots
  • Lower prices – some were higher than Savemart
  • Trash cans – some were overflowing into the street
  • Some open stores – the merchants that oppose the market should open and offer Farmers Market night specials. Artsy postcards, appetizers, whatever.
  • Don’t need:
  • Preachers (green or other) – don’t preach to me about green, sustainables, Obama, Jesus, whatever.
  • Different location – perfect location.

Final vote – two thumbs up. Take care of it and it can be a great thing.

Farmers Market Finally Lands Downtown

Face It, No P.G. Merchants Want The Farmers Market

Public transit would be impacted by moving the market away from the animal clinic. Who gets impacted more – people that go to the vet’s office between 4:00pm and closing, or people that ride the bus?

Monterey has a weekly farmers market that blocks the entire length of Alvarado street from car traffic and no one complains.

Wednesday, the Pacific Grove City Council will hold a public hearing on the location of the market, after which members are expected to decide the day — Saturdays are also being considered — and location. The hearing will be held in council chambers at 6 p.m. at 300 Forest Ave.

The appeal to change locations was led by veterinarian Jennifer Wernsing who said that keeping the market near 18th Street would affect clients at her Cottage Veterinary Care Clinic at 172 16th St.

“The (city) made a small accommodation,” Wernsing said. “I don’t think that is one that will be satisfactory for providing access for our clients and not enough for the merchants near us.”

Face It, No P.G. Merchants Want The Farmers Market

P.G. Farmers Market Faces Another Challenge

So we know that Grove Market opposes the farmers market because it’s competition. Ron’s Liquors opposes it because all of the veggie loving crowd will make the consumers of tobacco, booze & pr0n shop elsewhere, now a veterinarian says nay nay because people would not be able to drive down the one way street . . .Cottage Veterinary Care

But Cottage Veterinary Care owner Jennifer Wernsing, whose business is on 16th Street, has appealed the planning commission’s approval of the location, requesting instead the market be held between 15th and 13th streets or on Saturdays.

“This street closure would be a terrible obstacle for each of my 3,000-plus local clients and their beloved pets,” Wernsing wrote in her appeal, dated June 26.

Wernsing contends that would require clients and pets to walk several blocks to her office.

For one business hour on Mondays, people would need to walk half a block from Central (or cut through the parking lot across the street). Hardly the “several blocks” she states. Makes it sound like all 3,000 customers would be arriving at 4:05 pm on Monday. Is she related to Grove Market or Ron’s Liquors?

P.G. Farmers Market Faces Another Challenge

Pacific Grove Farmers Market Gets The Go Ahead

No one spoke against it, but the sellers of booze and phony charm sure don’t sound very supportive.

On Thursday, the commission voted unanimously to approve a negative environmental impact declaration and a use permit for Everyone’s Harvest to conduct the Farmers Market between 4 and 8 p.m. Mondays on Lighthouse Avenue between Forest Avenue and 18th Street.

“I don’t think it’s possible not to ruffle someone’s feathers,” said Beth Cort, wife of Mayor Dan Cort. “You can’t please everyone. It should be in the center of town.”

No one spoke against the idea of a farmers market in Pacific Grove. Disagreements arose over the time and location.

Pacific Grove Farmers Market Gets The Go Ahead

Farmers Market Might Be Dead As Evening Business Is

Pacific Grove farmers’ market, scheduled to debut in July, will be delayed for at least two weeks — and could be called off altogether this year — because of an advertising blunder in the Monterey County Herald, city officials said.

Scheduled to debut July 7, the farmers’ market will be set back because the Herald failed to print a public hearing notice for last week’s city council meeting in which the market was discussed.

“It’s too bad it will be delayed,” P.G. Mayor Dan Cort told The Pine Cone, “because we are all so excited about the farmers’ market.”

Well, if you can’t buy some vegetables, we can always find you some toast and noodles for about $30 . .

$8 toast at Joe Rombi8 dollar toast

$21 for a plate of noodles, not even any meat!twenty dollar noodles

Farmers Market Might Be Dead As Evening Business Is