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Farmers Market Moving to the Mall

The downtown location on San Mateo Avenue turned out to be unsuccessful for the farmers market in previous years. The new location at The Shops at Tanforan will provide a bigger space and more visibility. Do you agree?

The farmers market is coming back this year, but it will no longer be on San Mateo Avenue, the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce recently announced.

Locals looking to find fresh produce and baked goods will now have to go to , where the farmers market will now reside.

The decision to move the market to the mall was motivated by a desire to bring more visibility to San Bruno’s farmers market and because trying to turned out to be not so successful, said Jessica Evans, the CEO of the chamber.

This will be a good thing, Evans added, because a bigger space means the organization that runs the market, Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association, can bring in a lot more vendors. The market will be held in the parking lot on the El Camino Real side.

The chamber is also hoping the market becomes the biggest one held on Sundays in the area, Evans said.

What happens to San Mateo Avenue moving forward?

Evans said the chamber doesn’t want to abandon the downtown strip, which has continued to struggle economically. As an alternative, she said, the chamber might organize a midweek event similar to what San Carlos does in which music and other activities are provided.

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Mary an Stanley February 01, 2012 at 05:49 AM
As a small business owner , I think it's horrible. San Mateo Ave. has VERY little to offer these days. At least the market would bring out residents of San Bruno. Now,nothing, nada, zero. The people of San Bruno have waited patiently for' The Avenue' appear! Big Fail! Big!
Martin Ricard (Editor) February 01, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Thank you for your comment, Mary an. What do you think would have made the farmers market on San Mateo Ave. work better?
Karen C February 05, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Our Farmers Market has not compared to other markets in the region. Ever been to the one at CSM? It's fantastic. Not just fresh produce but fish, cheese, bread, nuts, honey, flowers, fresh food, a lot of products. Moving the Farmers Market to Tanforan is not going to get me to go more often. I loved being able to walk to downtown and pick out something from the few vendors there were. If I have to drive to a Farmers Market you can bet I'll simply drive a little farther to where I have many choices. I understand that not everyone was able to walk to downtown but how many people will be walking to Tanforan?
Heidi Beck February 05, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I don't think it will make that much difference either, unless the new farmers market is larger and more visible from El Camino and attracts attention that way. I think the problem was that it was so small and held at a time on Sundays when people were often busy with church or other family activities; also that there are a number of really nice and large farmers markets nearby other days of the week. And I think more people have discovered CSAs, which also affects attendance or how much is purchased. The move is unfortunate, in that it's a lot nicer to have a market downtown than in a mall lot, and getting people downtown must be helpful to downtown merchants, and it's good to support local small business -- but if people don't show up, then why should the farmers come to San Bruno? I hope the increased visibility helps the farmers market, but, sadly, the move won't do anything for downtown.
David February 06, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I think it really depends on how one defines sucessful. While the market may have not been the largest in terms of draw and diversity of products, I believe it was sucessful in getting people out of their cars and interacting with others. Moving the market to the mall will not encourage families to take a Sunday walk. I thought the closing of the street was such a great idea as it gave a community feeling to the market. The mall parking lot will not provide the same feeling and will not be as safe for the kids. Lastly, I feel the weather will be much more of a factor; the area by Sears has a lot more wind and fog than the downtown area of San Bruno. It's really too bad the market has to move.
Robert Riechel April 25, 2012 at 11:42 PM
At the April 24th 2012 Council meeting, the Council gave the Chamber a 3 month permit to start the Farmers' Market. They will review operations after the 3 months and I would and do expect they will extent the permit fo rthe remaining season. A new permit would be needed for the 2013 season.
Mariel Berry October 18, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Hello, How can I be a vendor at the Farmer's Market next season? Who should I contact? Thank you in advance dor your help Mariel Berry www.pacificakes.com
Robert Riechel October 18, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Mariel: You should contact PCFMA (Mr. John Silveria) at 925-825-9090 as they are overseeing the actual vendors for the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce who sponsors the market. The current market continues Sundays thru Nov 18th 2012 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on ECR in front of "The Shops at Tanforan". If you stop by, look up Ashley (wearing the yellow PCFMA shirt) who may still be able to arrange for you to get a booth in October and November. Thanks for your interest. Robert Riechel San Bruno Chamber of Commerce

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