In late 2011, the Market was told its rent for the Veteran’s Hall was being increased by a 167%. In January, the new Board of Directors formed a Rent Committee to figure out what our members wanted to do and how to make that happen. In the meantime, the County Parks Director, Caryl Hart, awarded the rental contract to another group who wishes to start a new farmers market at the Veterans Hall. The County Parks Department did not give us written notice for signing a renewal, nor any deadline for responding. Had we known we had to provide an answer over four months in advance from the expiration date, we would certainly have done so.

As most of you know, after serving the community in this location for 40+ years, the market has lost its lease. This was a decision of Sonoma County Parks Director, Caryl Hart.

The Board of Supervisors has the authority to overturn this decision. We need your help to convince them to give our market back to us!

What you can do?

1)  Email and/or call the supervisor in your district and ask them to rescind this decision.  To find out who your Supervisor is, you can go to
http://supervisors.sonoma-county.org/districtlookup.aspx?sid=1001 and look it up by ZIP code. Leave a message for each of them, if you like.

The phone number for all Supervisors: (707) 565-2241. You can leave voice mail. Just tell them you are a customer and like the Market the way it is and to please rescind the decision to terminate the lease of the Santa Rosa Farmer’s Market.   The Supervisors are:

Valerie Brown: (1st District)
David Rabbitt: (2nd District)
Shirlee Zane: (3rd District)
Mike McGuire: (4th District)
Efren Carrillo: (5th District)

2. Come to the Supervisor’s Meeting on Tuesday, March 13th at 2:00 p.m., and ask the supervisors to rescind this decision. The address is 575 Administration Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Show your support for the market and let them know that we like things the way they are. Let’s pack the place! This is our second attempt to talk to the Board of Supervisors. The last time the majority of our supporters were unable to speak.  This item needs to be put on the Board of Supervisors Agenda so that all of our market community has an opportunity to speak.

Email, Facebook, Tweet and/or call ALL of your friends who might help and ask them to do #1 or #2 above.

Thank you everyone for the outpouring of support.

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