On the Spectrum -- Farmers' markets should accept 'food stamps'

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Assembly Bill 537, authored by State Assemblymember Juan Arambula, would require farmers' markets to accept the electronic benefits transfer card that is commonly referred to as "food stamps." I believe this is an idea worth supporting.
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Donna Christopher

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#48
Aug 8, 2010
 
I like the idea also Provo - but those businesses paying rent now or even a commercial property mortgage have made it very clear they find the roadside sellers to have a marked advantage over them due to not much in the line of overhead costs that need to be passed on to the consumer.

Closest we have to that concept is the first Saturday of the month at the Sons of Italy property where they rent out spaces to vendors. At least here on the Northshore, that is what is available. And Upper Lake has a farmers market on Thursday evening.
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#49
Aug 8, 2010
 
Donna Christopher wrote:
I like the idea also Provo - but those businesses paying rent now or even a commercial property mortgage have made it very clear they find the roadside sellers to have a marked advantage over them due to not much in the line of overhead costs that need to be passed on to the consumer.
Closest we have to that concept is the first Saturday of the month at the Sons of Italy property where they rent out spaces to vendors. At least here on the Northshore, that is what is available. And Upper Lake has a farmers market on Thursday evening.
Hey Donna, I think Provo was talking along the lines of an everyday "flee market" sort of thing. That Famers Market in Upper Lake is a joke. They close off the street, hurting the few businesses there that are struggling, and they do not have much to market. That's also "for profit". How is the Sons of Italy yard sale? What do they sell? I believe Provo was thinking Farmers Market, and Flee Market combined. Could be awesome.

Makes me want to go to the nearest Flee Market and check it out from a business aspect. Not sure where it would be...Santa Rosa maybe? Oh, how about Lytton Springs, that's open year round. Found some cool things there! Very reasonable of course.

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Aug 8, 2010
 
Humanitarian wrote:
<quoted text>Hey Donna, I think Provo was talking along the lines of an everyday "flee market" sort of thing. That Famers Market in Upper Lake is a joke. They close off the street, hurting the few businesses there that are struggling, and they do not have much to market. That's also "for profit". How is the Sons of Italy yard sale? What do they sell? I believe Provo was thinking Farmers Market, and Flee Market combined. Could be awesome.
Makes me want to go to the nearest Flee Market and check it out from a business aspect. Not sure where it would be...Santa Rosa maybe? Oh, how about Lytton Springs, that's open year round. Found some cool things there! Very reasonable of course.
How about the Clearlake flea market up on Davis? I know not much up there but with a little facelift and clean the place up it could be a market place.
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#51
Aug 8, 2010
 
The Food Stamp program is actually run by the Department of Agriculture and was started as a way to help farmers. Accepting food stamps at farmers markets is a nice way to ensure a family in poverty has nutritious food while bringing federal dollars into our economy.
Robbie

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#52
Aug 9, 2010
 
I just wanted to share a idea. The farmers markets in Sonoma county are accepting EBT. The cardholders go to a special terminal to get coins they use at the market. I believe this is already in use at Healdsburg and they are working on Rohnert park. Just a idea for our markets up here. I saw it in the Press democrat last week.
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Aug 9, 2010
 
Three things to remember and all of them are location. So LC is off to a bad start. Getting people to stop on 20 is already a challenge.
Donna Christopher

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Aug 9, 2010
 
Humanitarian - the SOI just rents you the space - as long as what you're selling isn't illegal you can sell anything from squash to skirts! Right now it's just the first Saturday of the month. I'm sure if it became lucrative enough they'd have it weekly and maybe midweek - they have a mortgage to pay too!

I remember going to the huge San Jose flea market quite some time ago. I'd never seen anything that large! Thanks for the reminder unAm about the Clearlake one. Haven't thought about that one since back in the building boom here - we were figuring that with all that was being proposed, that would be where they'd make all the hotel/motel workers, housekeepers, nannies and landscapers live. Bus'em in and out so as not to offend the well heeled. Damn, what a difference a decade makes!

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Aug 9, 2010
 
Donna the Clearlake flea really needs a makeover, usually the same old junk when I stop by, once in a while I find a gem or two and at least you can bargan the price most of the time. I think that is one of the 'problems' with having a permanent flea market, the vendors never get rid of what does not sell and it gets cluttered.

If you have to haul the things back and forth you real quick learn what sells and what belongs in the landfill.

Another thing I miss are auctions, never hear of any around here unless it's cleaning out self store lockers. I used to go every Friday night to one in my home town (the number on the old feedmill phone was BO-2) and pick up box lots, take em to the flea market Sat and sell most of it. But it was mostly glassware like carnival glass or that hidious green or yellow depresion glass, but if you could put together a set of tea cups, saucers and cake plates it would go for an easy $100 to the New York crowd.
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Aug 9, 2010
 
Provocateur wrote:
Three things to remember and all of them are location. So LC is off to a bad start. Getting people to stop on 20 is already a challenge.
Hey Provo, any ideas of what you consider to be a good location? I love those giant flee markets, but realize we are too small a community for that probably. Ever been to Lytton Springs?

Donna....have you ever been to Lytton Springs flee market? Just wondering.
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Aug 9, 2010
 
Donna Christopher wrote:
Humanitarian - the SOI just rents you the space - as long as what you're selling isn't illegal you can sell anything from squash to skirts! Right now it's just the first Saturday of the month. I'm sure if it became lucrative enough they'd have it weekly and maybe midweek - they have a mortgage to pay too!
I remember going to the huge San Jose flea market quite some time ago. I'd never seen anything that large! Thanks for the reminder unAm about the Clearlake one. Haven't thought about that one since back in the building boom here - we were figuring that with all that was being proposed, that would be where they'd make all the hotel/motel workers, housekeepers, nannies and landscapers live. Bus'em in and out so as not to offend the well heeled. Damn, what a difference a decade makes!
Donna, how much is the booth rental? Are there alot of booths selling? Sounds like fun.
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Aug 9, 2010
 
Still thinking about locations. Haven't been to Lytton Springs but went to San Jose and it took all day. I furnished a couple of houses from the Alameda flea market, it was in an old drive in movie. They made enough money to pave the whole place. Later I would go to the flea market in Sausalito. And the last one I remember going to a lot was in Sebastapol.

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Still thinking about locations. Haven't been to Lytton Springs but went to San Jose and it took all day. I furnished a couple of houses from the Alameda flea market, it was in an old drive in movie. They made enough money to pave the whole place. Later I would go to the flea market in Sausalito. And the last one I remember going to a lot was in Sebastapol.
Well is the Lakeport Drive-in still there? or possibly the Fairgrounds, both would have bathrooms, food facilities. I like the drive-in idea, been to lots of flea markets in former drive-in's that were succesful.

Talked to the guy today who bought the old Jules resort mini-golf and arcade building, he's going to open up the golf again, already had found the polar bear that went missing, but is looking for a dino prop too. Tonka Tradeing or something like that.
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Aug 9, 2010
 
Too many schedule conflicts at the fair grounds.

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Aug 9, 2010
 
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Too many schedule conflicts at the fair grounds.
well how about the drive in, can't show movies during the day and who knows might be a draw to hang around till dark for a flick or two. Anyone know the owner/manager? Could be a 2 way street, come to the flea market get a $1 off cupon for the movie, win win both ways.
Answer to a Flake

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Aug 11, 2010
 
Ass ume wrote:
<quoted text>"You can select your source of income" >>> What? Do you sell or make drugs/pot or something? How does one 'select' their source of income?
FYI : Been working since I was 15! So no, NOT an unusual concept for me. How about you?
BTW : Smarty pants >>> "unusaul" is spelled 'unusual'
P.S. You do not get it....Assume nothing.
So you probably pay for your Hookers and Drugs with your DebitCard.
You probably would get a better deal if you used cash.
Oh that's right your a flake.
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#63
Jul 9, 2013
 
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