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Farmers market

Original post made by Map on Jun 24, 2013

This weeks Pleasanton weekly quotes the PDA saying that over 300 vendors are waiting for available spaces at the farmers market, hello, this isn't rocket science, close another street and give us some more choices, and a little more room, it's already a cluster down there after 10:00 a.m. Every Saturday morning

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Posted by resident, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 24, 2013 at 8:09 pm

You know a great place to put the Farmers Market would be from the Veterans Hall to the start of Main Street (by Bernal). No sides roads would have to close - there would be a lot more room for the 300 waiting booths and those already established. Vehicles could enter Main Street by going via the library (Old Bernal Road). This would make so much more sense than squeezing into one little side street and basically blocking off half of main street.

Posted by D, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2013 at 8:06 am

or the High School....lot's of parking and room for vendors.

Posted by Cousin Rufus, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2013 at 8:23 am

I'm all for increasing the number of vendors, particularly the fruit and vegetables. It would also be nice if they had fresh meat as well - tired of the poor quality meat at places like Safeway and the absolutely mind-boggling prices at places like Gene's.

Posted by Allen, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 25, 2013 at 9:40 am

If it isn't broke don't try to fix it, I remember when it wasn't a cluster.

Posted by Just Ask, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

All the PDA has to do is ask and PD could close an additional street or a portion of Main St so it all ties together. My guess is that not all the businesses want to increase the size of the farmers market or they would have asked for increased space already.

Posted by resident, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 25, 2013 at 10:42 am

Why suggest closing off more streets? That's just a hassle for everyone trying to park etc. Like my first comment says - close off the road from Main Street entrance from Bernal and it the farmers market would stop just before the junction of Old Bernal Road just before the Veterans Hall - that keeps pretty much all of main street open as there's not much at the bottom end of Main street and I'm sure any businesses that are down that end ie Fleet Feet, etc would welcome the additional foot traffic. (And no I'm not affiliated with Fleet Feet, just a customer). There would be one barricade at the Bernal end and one barricade at Old Bernal. Makes sense to me. It may confuse people to relocate the market but if they looked up or down main street they would easily see it after all it would only a block or two away.

Posted by steve, a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 25, 2013 at 10:52 am

I agree make it bigger. but this "town" doesn't want it, There is a small group of P-towners that want nothing to change or evolve.
thats why downtown is a ghost town .

The PDA is a joke thier just as bad

Posted by Howdy Doody, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 25, 2013 at 11:05 am

I didn't know there were so many farmers in town.

Posted by Claudette , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2013 at 11:27 am

I like the idea of making it bigger too. It's like walking in a sardine can brushing up against everyone when you walk from stall to stall. I like the idea of blocking off from Bernal at the Civic Park (use the Park too) down to W. Angela where it is now, could make it much more fun, interesting and enjoyable to shop. Lots of room for people, dogs and vendors.

Posted by Pleasantonmom, a resident of Ironwood
on Jun 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Please move it. Amador would be perfect. I hate going downtown, no where to park.

Posted by Jerri, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Yes move it. There needs to be more room. I am a pet lover, have two big dogs but I would never dream of taking them to the farmers market! And I don't appreciate others taking their dogs either. And it is NOT very pleasant when one decides to answer natures call and leaves a big pile right in the middle of someplace food is! Doesn't matter that the owner cleans it up I don't want it around my food.
Not to mention when its hot out. Never gonna convince me that the dog enjoys walking on hot pavement!
I stopped going to the farmers market because of the crowded space and the dogs.

Posted by S, a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm

300 vendors waiting. Wow!

Good for customers - more choices
Good for new vendors - business!
Perhaps not so good for current vendors - more competition


why would the PDA not want to expand the market.

I'm all ears.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm

All those options may be all that it takes to forget about the latest overly priced market in Plutonia...VIVA!

Posted by Ann, a resident of Val Vista
on Jun 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Yes we need more organic vendors!

Posted by former patron, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 25, 2013 at 6:50 pm

(Post deemed inappropriate by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff)

Posted by Erin, a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 25, 2013 at 8:16 pm

former patron, some people just think that the rules don't apply to them. I do not like dogs at Farmers Market AT ALL. It's the inconsiderate owners that think their dogs are enjoying the outing.
What could any dog possibly like about being in such a crowded place on hot pavement.
Some people just don't have the brains God gave a goose.
Leave your dogs home's the law!

Posted by former patron, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as irrelevant to this thread.)

Posted by Resident, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 25, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Yes, the Farmer's Market is jammed.....they could use some additional space to spread out and I like the idea of putting it on the end of Main Street near Bernal. Seems very smart and would be less congestion for the rest of Main St.
However, the one thing I do not understand is why people think it's a good idea to bring their dog to the Farmer's Market or even Main Street restaurants. Animals should NOT be allowed to be around food that is provided to the public. It is unsanitary. What folks do in their own home with their own family is fine. I have a dog. However, I would never consider bringing it to the Farmer's Market or to a Pleasanton restaurant. The Board of Health needs to get on this because it's becoming more and more common.

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