SLO Farmers Market turns to city council for help
February 2, 2010
Supporters of the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market Association are expected to turn out at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. [SLO Farmers Market Association]
At issue is the recent decision by the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association to terminate its 27-year relationship with the organization and to assume control of the market portion of the popular Thursday night event.
Peter Jankay, Farmers Market Association director, said on Monday that he has yet to receive a formal notice of termination from the Downtown Association. Jankay, a 27-year-veteran of Farmers Market, said he has not been told of a specific reason for the decision and declined to speculate.
However, veteran observers believe that Jankay has clashed once too often with Deborah Cash, the executive director of the Downtown Association. They point to recent attempts by Cash to move a portion of the farmers’ stalls off the popular Higuera Street location to Morro Street–a move fought by Jankay.
Supporters will be asking the city council to intervene and restore the power of the Farmers Market Association. The meeting, open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall.