No Violations Found at Farmer's Market

City officials visited the weekly gathering due to recent criticism and found everything accorded with its agreement.


The is operating in compliance, contrary to recent complaints, according to an official.

Four city officials visited the weekly event on Mercedes and Sixth streets last weekend and found everything accorded with an agreement with the city, according to Patrick Richardson, the city's planning director.

"We walked the entire length of the Farmers Market," he said during a meeting on Tuesday at the . "It was clear they were in compliance with the current agreement provisions."

Numerous merchants from Old Town recently and told city leaders the market was out of compliance and selling products that compete with the ones they sell in their shops.

The city officials found only a few minor fire code violations, which were quickly fixed, Richardson said. "They were minor issues," he said.

The Old Town Steering Committee in October to let the market expand onto the thoroughfare, but the city staff will soon recommend against that decision, Richardson said.

The staff will recommend the City Council put the contract out to bid instead. The current Farmers Market contract expires at the end of 2012, Richardson said.

The staff will also recommend the city extend the current contract so it expires in April, 2013.

One Old Town merchant was happy the city will not be considering the expansion without putting the contract out to bid. "I'm pleased that they backed down from closing Sixth Street," said Lorena Spencer, the owner of the Painted Garden.

The plan leaves a little to be desired, said Evelyn Honea, the owner of Temecula House of Jerky. "They need to consider doing it as a nonprofit, so it can benefit the community and the retail core," she said after the meeting.

Your Neighbor April 01, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Sorry Peter but I still don't understand what's happening based on your article. Putting the contract out to bid means what? They might move it somewhere else? A different farmer's market might take over? And now the city is planning to recommend *against* the expansion? The last part of your article just isn't clear to me...
TVOR April 01, 2012 at 08:33 PM
By saying they will "put the contract out to bid" they mean they will give other businesses capable of managing the farmers market the chance to submit bids to take over management of the event. Either the city pays the company that manages the farmers market, or the company pays the city for the right to manage it. I am not sure which.
JJ Mclure April 02, 2012 at 01:58 PM
check immigration status of the people working there
Mike Mueller April 02, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I agree with JJ. Check immigration status of all of the workers. Why is it that they get to BREAK THE LAW and come over here and never be checked. But if a U.S. citizen makes and small traffic infraction and BREAKS THE LAW, he will have warrants and fines and maybe even the police come look for him if he misses a court date. Why do we impose the laws on the citizens, but not the illegal immigrants? We know, for a fact that illegals are working there. Why not do paper checks?
CommCare April 02, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Would you really expect someone to do this as a non-profit? Who would do this for nothing, it is hard work and it is a business for all involved. The market brings tons of people into town every week and a lot of them walk around -- all potential customer's who may not be there otherwise. Stop blaming other people and find a reason for all these people to buy from you - that is the American way.
SPB April 02, 2012 at 08:25 PM
BAHAHAHAHAAHAH. Really dude? Have you not been to the farmers market? Its mostly white people selling stuff to other white people.
J.A.S October 05, 2012 at 07:42 PM
The Farmer's market is managed by a wonderful person, who has created a great place for farmers and artists to display and sell their hard work. I feel saddened that a handful of disgruntled individuals would cause such issues regarding the market's existence. And if it is business owners who feel the market takes potential customers away, it is up to those business owners to be proactive and provide a product that would create a demand and competently compete with the market, instead of blaming the market for being a more attractive alternative to purchase products. Embrace competition, it will demand you to be the best you can be.


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