Big changes coming to the Point Reyes Farmers' Market. Via the Point Reyes Light. Buy a copy today to read the whole story:
"The market’s management is transferring to the Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM), a nonprofit that runs eight farmers markets in Marin, San Francisco and the East Bay.
That includes an increase in vendors; this year, there will be 35. That’s up from 21 in 2019 and 17 last year.
So far, AIM has not finalized a list of vendors, though many will be returning. But the expansion gives AIM an opportunity to implement an initiative it started last year: a focus on racial equity. “People who are Black, Indigenous and other people of color are often under-represented at farmers markets,” Mr. Naja-Riese (chief executive officer of AIM) said. “We’ll be working on bringing in more diversity” in terms of producers, though there’s no specific quota or benchmark.
Another big change: AIM will accept E.B.T., or electronic food stamps.
The market’s hours are being extended in response to feedback from some vendors, so it will now run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Luke Regalbuto, co-chair of the steering committee and co-owner of Wild West Ferments, acknowledged that the change is significant. “The Point Reyes Farmers' Market has such a special place in my heart, and I know a lot in the community feel that way, too. I think that’s largely due to the truly grassroots community effort that birthed it. There’s really a lot of cool history behind the market. I know a lot of it started with those farmers,” he said.
He added, “This is a new chapter. There will be a little bit of a transition to something slightly different.”