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Former Webb Park Farmers Market Finds New Home

The Webb Park Certified Farmers Market has found a new home and a new name.

The farmers market which had been held at Webb Park has found a new home and will be operating Sunday under a new name, managers announced Tuesday.

The North San Diego Certified Farmers Market—formerly known as the Webb Park Certified Farmers Market—will be sharing the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead with a market held there on Sundays.

The North San Diego market, under managers Claire Winnick and Richard Knudson, will keep its same hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The farmstead is located at 12655 Sunset Dr., Escondido.

"We are very excited about these developments, and it can truly be said that every cloud does have a silver lining," Winnick and Knudson said in an email announcement. "By consolidating our farmers market efforts, we offer the community a bigger, better, stronger farmers market—one that continues to support the needs of the community, farmers and vendors."

Winnick and Knudson suddenly had to find a new home for the market last week after splits from their headline sponsor, the Rancho Bernardo Business Association, and the Bernardo Town Center Property Owners Association, which owns Webb Park. Revenue had been one issue among the parties.

The market was canceled Sunday after the managers ran out of time to secure a new location and all of the required paperwork.

For more on the market's changes, see:

 

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Charles Arnold April 06, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Why did the Farmer's Market have to leave Webb Park. Would appreciate comments from both the Farmer's Market people and the RBBA.
Shauntel Lowe April 06, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Hi Charles, This story may answer your questions: http://patch.com/A-gpCd
NorthSD Farmers Market April 06, 2011 at 08:09 PM
Please do review the Online Patch articles covering the recent history surrounding the Webb Park Certified Farmers Market. An ongoing difference of opinion regarding the amount of profit the Farmers market should be generating (after only 3 months of operation) and paying out to the Sponsors in exchange for being hosted in the Park resulted in both the RBBA and the BTCPOA boards voting to 1) cut ties to the Farmers Market, and 2) no longer permit the Farmers Market to use Webb Park, both effective "immediately". A number of counter-proposals were offered to the Sponsors to permit the market to continue in the Park, however the sponsors chose not to negotiate toward a different amount or alternate benefit from the market. The Certified Farmers Market has reluctantly "packed up shop" but will be reopening a short 4 miles away on Sunday April 10th.
absolutely rb April 09, 2011 at 06:02 PM
It's nice to see that the managers of the former Webb Park Farmer's Market found a new home so quickly after being given the bum's rush by the RBBA and the BTCPOA. I would like to apologize on behalf of the residents of Rancho Bernardo for the apparent greed and lack of sensitivity exhibited by those two business organizations in "immediately" terminating their agreement with you because they weren't making enough money on the arrangement after only three months. While the residents appreciated the alternative shopping experience you offered, our business associations, as always, seemed only concerned with “what’s in it for me?” I am hopeful that they will be returning the Meritorious Design Award that they recently received from Councilman Carl DeMaio for sponsoring the Market. As Mr. DeMaio noted "It provides a casual environment for people to gather and enjoy our community." Unfortunately it appears that making money on the deal was of far greater importance to the business organizations than adding to the quality of life in our community.
Charles Arnold April 10, 2011 at 11:53 PM
To answer the question above is easy. "Why did the Farmer's Market have to leave Rancho Bernardo?" Because people who are smarter than us, nicer than us, better educated than us, prettier than us and basically just a lot better in every way have decided this is necessary. Just sit down, shut up and wait for them to tell you the next thing they have decided for us. Oh, yes, the sign. Well, sure there was "some" voter fraud, but that is OK. They will decide and we will like it (they have ways to make us like it!) Does that sound familiar? We have come a long ways from Chicago, haven't we? Corruption is everywhere we look. AND IT IS CORRUPTION -- EVEN IN SMALL WAYS. AND IT STILL STINKS!!!! Sincerely, Charlie Arnold PS. Merchants, make sure you have your RBBA sign in the window. Makes it easier for me to avoid you. Thanks.

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