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Farmers Market to Close if Low Attendance Continues

Attendance at the Castro Valley’s Farmers’ Market is low, according to Bob Swanson, Constituent Liaison for Supervisor Nate Miley. If the attendance doesn’t increase, the farmers’ market could close for good. 

The farmers’ market usually shuts down at the end of October and reopens in May, but it remained open year-round starting in October 2013.

Swanson believed by bringing in food trucks to the farmers’ market, it helped the market to have enough business to be open all year.

The Castro Valley Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Castro Valley BART parking lot.

Do you want the market to stay open? Or do you prefer to shop for your fruits and vegetables at a local grocery store? Let us know in the comment section below.

Amy Kohl January 18, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Maybe the merchants that sell at bayfair and cv should be consistent with their pricing. I go to bayfair for the same product for a lesser price.
Anneke9 January 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Saturday is just a bad day for me. I usually do my shopping on a weekday, after work. I have too many other things going on on Saturday mornings.
arlene hood January 18, 2014 at 02:11 PM
I agree with Anneke9. Some cities like Berkeley and El Cerrito offer mid-week markets. Also, I enjoy the live music, but I would much prefer more food stalls and more variety.
Kern and Olga Lewis January 18, 2014 at 02:37 PM
The key point is cost. I pay a lot less at the Hayward Farmer's Market just a few miles down the road. Sometimes half as much. We drive right by the CV market.
Rachel Bradley-Gomez January 18, 2014 at 02:58 PM
The Farmer's markets in Hayward and San Leandro just a stone's throw away offer vastly more competitive pricing, selection, and even quality. The only way this market will survive is if it's moved to a weeknight, downtown, placed in a location that is not off the beaten path. Having to compete in the same time slot with the vastly superior and well established markets less than five minutes away is not the business. Allowing the venue to happen in the evening looking at the downtown San Leandro Wednesday night farmer's market as a model, with the added draw of the food trucks may be enough to save this languishing market. However the staunch anti-competitive attitude of our local eateries is a primary reason that this has and will continue to be been shot down to the detriment of the CV Farmer's Market.
Gary Allsebrook January 18, 2014 at 09:04 PM
They've priced themselves out of existence. Hasta La Vista.
Steve B January 18, 2014 at 11:39 PM
Keep it open... Maybe change the time and or place but keep it open I think the produce is better at farmers markets And i would rather see local farmers making getting the money instead of big agribusiness
CV Deb January 20, 2014 at 06:00 AM
Go ahead and close, the Hayward one is much better! And cheaper, Let's get the food trucks instead.
Feliz Dubois January 20, 2014 at 03:59 PM
I think what is missing is a better selection. I go there because it is convenient and I want to support the cv area. But there are not enough vendors with a good variety of produce. Keep this farmers market but bring in more stands.
tc January 28, 2014 at 02:31 PM
I agree with Rachel. Change the day, maybe even to Sunday. Some people work Saturdays. Also it needs to be advertised in the forum and other local publications. A banner or signage wouldn't hurt. There are a lot of people that don't even know it's open all year.
Nancy Ash January 28, 2014 at 08:51 PM
I love that Castro Valley has a farmers market and hope to keep it going - but perhaps it needs to just be a spring/summer market as there is not much interesting produce during the winter. The food trucks are NOT a draw - you can get ribs anywhere! We need more food trucks - like the one in Hayward on Monday nights. What happened to bring food trucks to the Blvd? The restaurants in CV are dismal!

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