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Pacific Beach market watch: Varied views in debate over moving food fair. Has PB Farmers Market outgrown Bayard Street?

Pacific Beach market watch: Varied views in debate over moving food fair. Has PB Farmers Market outgrown Bayard Street?

On Tuesday afternoons, the Pacific Beach Farmers Market offers a healthy and fun alternative to regular grocery shopping. In eight years, it has grown from a handful of vendors to 52, including farms, artisan grocers, handcrafted goods and prepared food. It has become a popular gathering spot for those who like to socialize and listen to music while sampling and buying locally-grown food.

As one of 48 certified farmers markets in San Diego County, the PB venue is part of a growing trend nationally. Whereas 60 years ago, there were about 100 farmers markets in the United States, today there are between 8,200 and 8,600, according to U.S. Dept. of Agriculture...

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