Thursday, October 22, 2015

North Berkeley Farmers' Market

Controversy and change have surrounded the North Berkeley Farmers' Market this year.  The Ecology Center operates three wonderful year-round markets, including one on Shattuck Avenue at Rose Street on Tuesdays from 3 - 7 p.m.  Due to concerns about disabled access and retail impact, the City of Berkeley required a recent relocation to down the street.  Some think the new configuration lacks a community feeling because the booths are lined up in a row facing a retail strip rather than the stalls facing each other across a grassy meridian.  The Ecology Center staff members say they are "committed to doing our best to make the farmers’ market work in the new location"--including providing chairs and tables near Saul's Restaurant, which will soon have a new parklet on the street in front.

Early in the evening, looking south toward Shattuck and Vine

Later in the evening, looking north toward Rose Street

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