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News - March 27, 2009

Downtown farmers' market set for Earth Day debut

New initiative would bring produce from Capay Valley to City Hall, downtown workers

by Gennady Sheyner

Late Wednesday afternoon, a nondescript alleyway off Forest Avenue filled up with stands of kale, leeks, watermelon radishes, bottles of olive oil, bags of Easter egg-colored Jordan almonds and German butterball potatoes, all produced by the farmers of Capay Valley, in Yolo County west of Sacramento.

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Staff Writer Gennady Sheyner can be e-mailed at [email protected]


Posted by anon
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 27, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Nice idea to support CSAs and people that work downtown. Thoughts:
- Is this something that City staff will have to manage? They have more important issues to tend to that directly effect city functions. No staff time should be alloted to this. Someone is going to have to set-up, clean-up, coordinate other activities that will undoubtedly be added.
- Why a CSA from Yolo Co (north of Sac) versus a CSA from Santa Cruz Co that is closer?
- How will this effect the Avenidas farmers market on Sat. Will this be competition? I don't like when the City competes with existing efforts because they just end up costing residents and businesses more money. (like the recycling dept. raising rates 15% or more each year by adding stuff to the blue bin that is already being collected by Goodwill and other nonprofits (that send postcards for us to leave stuff at the curb for free). Takes money from the nonprofits that provide job training programs).
- Will people not shop/shop less at Trader Joes (coming soon) or Whole Foods- places that generate sales tax? We need sales tax $.

Would be interested in the analysis that was done. Is that available somewhere?

Posted by susan
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 11, 2009 at 9:49 am

There's no sales tax on fruits and veggies at a grocery store or a farmers market.

Most City Staff and downtown workers that shop at Wednesday afternoon market aren't in Palo Alto on Saturday morning. They do not live in Palo Alto. So it should not compete with the Saturday farmers market.