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Eating Out - June 7, 2019

Shop Talk

FARMERS MARKET GOES YEAR-ROUND ... After four decades of running as a seasonal market, the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers Market will now stay open year-round. The market's all-volunteer board of directors made the change for a host of reasons, including increasing market competition and a need to remain financially stable, according to board President Bob McDiarmid. In a survey of vendors and customers last year, they found that they were losing about a quarter of those customers who wouldn't return when the Saturday-morning market reopened in May, McDiarmid said. Another main driver was figuring out how to sustain a longtime practice of donating proceeds to Palo Alto senior services nonprofit Avenidas. (Members of the Avenidas board and staff founded the market in 1981 after downtown Palo Alto lost its last grocery store.) The market, which became an independent nonprofit in 1986, now donates about $20,000 a year to Avenidas. This year, the market will close for just two weeks around Christmas but otherwise will stay open year-round. They plan to bring in more local prepared foods, including an Indian eatery and dim sum stand, and are planning to offer cooking demos and other events. The Downtown Palo Alto Farmers Market is located on Gilman Street between Hamilton and Forest avenues. It's open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. — E.K.

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