El Tordo residents sign petition against proposed Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market

By Karen Billing

A petition signed by 16 El Tordo residents was sent to the Rancho Santa Fe Association in opposition to the proposed village farmers market. The market has been proposed for Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on El Tordo, between Avenida de Acacias and La Granada. The Association has not taken a position on the market yet and it is still in the planning stage, but neighbors worry about the idea gaining too much momentum, according to El Tordo resident Elizabeth Monge, who spoke during public comment at the Jan. 3 RSF Association meeting.

“None of us on El Tordo want this Farmers Market. We already have one in Fairbanks Ranch and Solana Beach, “ Monge said.

Monge spoke of the petition effort started by residents Gretchen and Jim Simpson, who talked to 20 people who live on El Tordo. Some did not want to get involved, one was in favor of the market and the rest signed the petition to note that they were strongly against the farmers market being on El Tordo and hoped the Association board would vote against it.

The biggest area of resistance for neighbors is the parking on the street—Monge said that their street is often impacted negatively by delivery trucks and other trucks parking there, sometimes for long periods of time.

“[The farmers market] is not great on a residential street, but people wouldn’t object to it being in the Association parking lot or the Garden Club,” Monge said.

RSF Association Manager Pete Smith said the issue of the farmers market has not been formally placed on any upcoming agenda yet, but the interested parties will be notified when it is.