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Health department wants changes at Windmill Farms

Original post made on Aug 30, 2007

The 33-year-old outdoor market, Windmill Farms, a beloved symbol of old time San Ramon Valley, may be forced to shut down by next August if it does not abide by a county health department mandate to build four walls and a ceiling.

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Posted by Jimbo
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 30, 2007 at 5:17 pm

Yes, let's board up with roofs and walls everything that may attract an errant fly. Most of the world population do their daily grocery shopping at open air markets and I haven't heard of any recent international bulk candy and sliced melon plagues. Would the Health Department accept Windmill Farms customers' signing health waivers when they purchase their candies and watermelons? Last but not least, my family has purchased our xmas tree at Windmill Farms for the past 10 years and we don't know where else to go. Where do I sign?

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Danville
on Aug 30, 2007 at 7:05 pm

What a shame! I don't go there a lot but do when I just need produce, and I always find it charming. I'll sign the petition, too.

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Posted by Lynda Manstrom
a resident of Danville
on Aug 31, 2007 at 4:02 pm

A clean inspection record for 20+ years isn't enough to convince the county health department that there is no danger at Windmill Farms? Where do I sign?

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Posted by Jason Smith
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 19, 2007 at 12:00 pm

Thank You for all of your support. We have petitions that you can sign at the store. You can also vistit our website at for more information. We also have copies of our petitions there so you can download. Again Windmill Farms wants to thank everyone for the support. Thank you - The Smith Family

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Posted by Silvie
a resident of another community
on Sep 29, 2007 at 9:27 am

It's the perfect place to stop off for fressh produce - or bread - or snacks - or flowers, etc. PLUS!!! It doesn't look all slick and modern and fake old-fashioned.