The El Sobrante Farmers Market Will Not Be Held 

Update March 2, 2011: The Chamber of Commerce decided not to hold the Market, as not enough farmers were interested.  Although I went to many farmers markets over the last thirteen months, including Moraga, Walnut Creek, Richmond, El Cerrito, Pinole, Martinez, and Concord, we could not get enough farmers to cover our projected costs. I also called farmers via the Local Havest web site. I notified the Solano County and the Contra Costa County Farm Bureau organizations of our new Market and invited those farmers to join. Chamber of Commerce Board Member Carrie Harrison went to some Marin County and Alameda County markets, and invited farmers to apply. A market volunteer from Sherwood Forest went to the San Francisco Farmers Market to invite farmers to apply. Unfortunately, it seems that "there are too many Farmers Markets" and they "can't make any money, now." So the Market will not be held.

June 30, 2010 - The El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce proudly announced the El Sobrante Farmers Market. The Chamber intended to offer the community the opportunity to buy excellent quality produce at good prices that everyone could afford. 

The Market was to be located in downtown El Sobrante at 3931 San Pablo Dam Road, behind the Elks Lodge. Customers were to park in the Bank of America parking lot next door. The map links to Google maps to show you where the Market would have taken place. 

The Market would have been held on Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm, including holidays, from mid-May to mid-October, starting in 2011. 

The El Sobrante Farmers Market was slated to offer fresh produce from local farmers, prepared foods, and non-agricultural goods (deli products, olive oil, honey, eggs, cut flowers, plants, and crafts) for sale. The Market would have been a Certified Farmers Market and would have operated in accordance with regulations established in the California Code of Regulations, Title 3, section 1392 on Direct Marketing. 

The same producer-to-consumer philosophy would apply for all items sold at the Market, including non-agricultural items. You would have bought from the person or company who grew or made your purchase, not a middleman or distributor.  

The El Sobrante Farmers Market was the idea of Martha Booz, and would have been managed, operated and controlled by the El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce ("ESCC") under the guidance of the Market Manager, Martha Booz. The Market Manager would have implemented the Rules and Regulations for the Market. 

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