The operator behind the renowned Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is assuming operations at the Jack London Square Farmers Market right across the Bay. The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) is taking over for Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association, who started the weekly Sunday market in 1989. Come Sunday, May 15, CUESA will bring back many of the current vendors, plus add emerging farmers and food business from the area. Exactly who will be returning and adding on has not yet been determined, but CUESA is known for luring top local names like Namu Gaji and 4505 Meats to the Ferry Plaza market.
CUESA will be working with its roster of 400 chefs that source from the Ferry Plaza to identify the East Bay chefs who could benefit from Jack London Square, which has long been a low-key draw for diners at restaurants like Haven and Lungomare. There will also be cooking demonstrations, seasonal celebrations and educational programs once the market has been up and running for a little while. The last PCFMA-run market will be this Sunday, April 24.