He’s been there every Friday for decades, but Cambria Farmers Market vendor Mike Limacher won’t be selling there Friday, March 22, or for the next three months.
Limacher was suspended by market managers Mike and Carol Broadhurst for violating market rules by driving into the market late on Jan. 21.
“We take our customer’s safety very seriously,” the Broadhursts said in an email. Limacher says the suspension deprives him of about 80 percent of his income and is “way overkill for something that deserves a warning.”
He has one employee who will be allowed to sell at the market, but may not be able to be there every week. Limacher says training another employee “would take months.”
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He operates Charan Springs Farm on Curti Creek Road off Santa Rosa Creek Road east of Cambria. He and his ex-wife founded the original Cambria Farmers Market in the early 1980s in the parking lot behind what’s now the Vault Gallery.
Limacher was also suspended for two weeks in 2012 for making an obscene hand gesture at the market during a disagreement with a former employee of his.
None of the approximately three dozen other local market vendors have been suspended since the Broadhursts took over market management in 2009.
“This suspension is based solely on Michael’s personal behavior,” the Broadhursts said. “We have nothing but positive comments about the quality of the offering from his farm and realize he has a large, loyal following.”