Somehow word has gotten around that the Pacific Beach Tuesday farmers' market is "pet friendly". It's easy to understand how that's happened- PB is a very dog-centric neighborhood and our staff is a dog loving bunch outside the market.
But CalCode, the set of regulations that govern food safety at restaurants, grocery stores and yes, farmers' markets and special events, is not so pet friendly. While not restricting service animals, those regulations require that live animals be kept 20 feet from places where food is prepared or stored for sale to the public. In a crowded market like ours, that's tough to accomplish if you're bringing your dog along to help you shop.
Aside from the health regulation issue, the PB Tuesday farmers' market with its amazing farmers and vendors, live music, and great atmosphere is a popular place. It attracts a lot of shoppers and Bayard Street can get tricky to maneuver, even without leashes and dogs below eye level making things harder. We don't want a shopper to trip and injure themselves or one of our canine friends. Pets can be stressed out in large crowds of unfamiliar people and may act unpredictably. That can't be fun for you or your dog.