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Ferry Market -- reactions to move

Joan Kureczka | Apr 26, 200311:42 AM

Well, hoping for the best, I went down early to the Ferry Market. Initial reaction: not good. Parking is awful -- either you walk a long ways with heavy bags, or spend a lot of money for a valet lot. Or both.

Shopping is also difficult. The nice thing about the former arrangement is that I could make a round to survey what was in before buying. Unless you want to spend a lot of time, that is now virtually impossible. Some vendors are out front, most out back. Soon a number will have permanent store fronts inside. That's great for the fish and meat vendors, and it will be nice to be able to visit them at other times. But shopping was stressful, not quite the social situation it was. I realize that some of this is the shock of the new, and so will give it a few weeks. But so far, I'm not happy.

Neither are any of the vendors I spoke to. I talked to six or 7 of the folks I usually buy from. One was circumspect, saying that this move was always planned. The others were either not happy and quite apprehensive, or downright angry, saying the whole thing was another political boondoggle and that CUESA was nothing but a political organization who didn't really care about the farmers. Several are considering whether they shouldn't go elsewhere (including at least one very well known producer).

Bottom line: while the jury is still out because it's early, and the first week is likely to be the worse, things don't look good ... at least for my continued patronage.

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