I was just at the Palo Alto California Avenue Farmers’ Market today. Got news that the market operators of the Campbell and Santa Clara markets shut down their market. The Santa Clara Market was shut down because of a miscommunication between governing bodies, though they have permission from the Santa Clara County Health Department to operate. The Campbell market also have the same permission, but the city mandated the closure.
The Palo Alto Cal Ave market operator said he was working all week to keep the market open, and indicated that for now the city let him keep the market open. But he said the decision to close/ open mostly comes from the state level. He said he’ll focus his effort next week to petition the state’s health department to issue clarifying statement and let them continue operate. According to him, a few of the market operators are banding together in this effort.
From my perspective, shutting down farmers’ market without shutting down grocery stores does not make much sense. Shutting down grocery stores, of course, will be quite draconian. The chance of virus spreading in an open air market is smaller than that in an enclosed space like an indoor grocery store. So I am a bit perplexed why farmer’s market closure is considered.
If you shop at farmer’s markets, is your market still open this week? Is a grass root effort (from, for example, us) to keep the markets open needed?
Urban Village Farmers’ Market’s COVID updates:
Campbell Farmers’ Market
Santa Clara (Slated to Reopen next Saturday 3/21)
Fri: Old Oakland
Sat: Castro Valley, Sunnyvale, Willow Glen
Sun: California Ave (Palo Alto), Montclair and Temescal’