Market resolves lawsuit

LAWSUIT AGAINST FARMERS MARKET RESOLVED

SEPTEMBER 12, 2012, SANTA ROSA, CA: The Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market announced today that the lawsuit brought against it and its Board of Directors by Gleason Ranch has been resolved. There was no finding of wrongdoing against the Market and its individual board members were dismissed from the case very early on.

“Under the resolution forged during mediation, Nancy Preblich and Cindy Holland, who do business as Gleason Ranch, will not participate in the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market for a period of five years without our Board’s consent. In return, our current Board members will stay away from the Redwood Empire Farmers Market for the same period of time”, said Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market Board President Chicory Almond. “This will allow all of us to get back to focusing on our mission of providing the community with the best possible locally grown farm products.”.

Although Prebilich and Holland had claimed extensive damages, the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market only paid a nominal amount to settle the case: $6,000.00. “We felt that this nuisance settlement was a small price to pay to ensure that for the next five years we won’t have further contact with the Gleasons and it cost us far less than legal fees would have had we gone to trial”.