As the seeks its new manager, the previous manager cited a lack of proper staffing and marketing, when asked about her recent resignation.
In an email to Patch, Greta Dunlap, who held the market manager title for two years wrote:
"In my nearly 14 years of managing farmers’ markets, I’ve learned that it is important to have certain elements in place to create and sustain a successful market. Some of these are proper staffing and marketing to support the efforts of the market manager, farmers and vendors. In my two+ years of managing this market, it’s been a challenge to get this support.
"I truly love this market, the 60 farmers and vendors, and the wonderful patrons who come out each week and support us. I’ve made a number of changes to the market these past two years bringing back those patrons who enjoy shopping at and supporting a farmers’ market. After listening to the farmers, vendors, and patrons, I created a vision for this market, and we were on our way.
"There are still things that need to be done to continue to produce a market the community wants and deserves. It is my sincere hope that it will endure with a new experienced market manager and he/she will get the support needed.''
Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Scott Feldmann announced Friday that the chamber will manage the market with existing staff, farmers and vendors while officials search for a new market manager. Applicants for the position can find more information on the official website at www.SouthPasadenaFarmersMarket.org.
Also on Friday, a vendor with the South Pasadena Farmers Market and her business partner pleaded and improperly labeling food. But Dunlap said that issue had nothing to do with her decision.