Harvindar Singh comes to Livermore markets after 10 years at Whole Foods and working on regional food sustainability and security efforts.
LIVERMORE, CA – As the founder of Forager Ventures, is no certainly no stranger to the local food scene.
After most recently spearheading the relaunch of the farmer’s market at San Ramon’s City Center Bishop Ranch, Singh will undertake a similar challenge as the new manager of the Livermore downtown farmer’s markets, officials announced Monday.
Prior to joining Forager, Singh worked for Whole Foods as a regional local forager for 10 years and served in that position until 2016. He is committed to building local food security as well as healthy communities through the curation style and other various programs that have become a huge draw in the region.
Singh takes over the Livermore markets after former manager, California Farmer’s Market Association Executive Director Gail Hayden resigned earlier this month. Hayden did so after apologizing for ordering a vendor to stop distributing LGBTQ+ flags at the market from his booth.
Dan Floyd, the owner of Dan Good Cookies, was ordered to stop handing the flags out after Hayden deemed them a safety risk, saying she witnessed children playing with the flags and using them as swords. A viral video shot at the June 7 market showed Hayden telling Floyd and Livermore Pride Executive Director Amy Pannu that they were violating market rules and telling them that “the mission of the market is not your political point of view.”
The City of Livermore also denounced the act, saying Hayden’s actions are not in line with the city’s values on inclusion and respect.
“My actions on June 7 offended the LGBTQ community which was definitely not my intention,” Hayden said in her statement of apology after the incident. “For that I am very sorry.”
Now with the market under new management, Downtown Livermore, Inc. officials said that the Singh’s management team will continue to curate the Bay Area’s best collection of local food purveyors and artisan producers that will fit well in Livermore’s diverse and growing demographic. The focus of the city’s farmer’s market will be to find talented food producers not only in the city but across the surrounding Tri-Valley area.
The group also said that the market will move ahead while being ” better than ever” with markets that celebrate Livermore’s commitment to inclusion and diversity of all residents and visitors.
The Livermore farmer’s market is scheduled to reopen on July 9 and run from 4-8 p.m. and run through October at Carnegie Park on Third Street between J and K streets. The year-round market will open on July 12 and run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Second Street between J and L streets.
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