Many people looked here to find information about what was happening with Monterey Market and Bill Fujimoto. We remain very concerned and will try to post updates as we have them. Yesterday, Bill and Judy Fujimoto were no longer employed by Monterey Market. Although it had been reported that Bill will be retiring, this is not the case. Bill needs to work. But, after making Monterey Market his whole life for the past thirty years, he’ll take some time to figure out what he wants to do next. Many, including us, remain hopeful that the family board will come to their senses. We’ll also be talking to local farmers as they figure out how Bill’s leaving will be affecting them. Lisa Brenneis sent us the following report of the scene at Monterey Market on Wednesday.
From: Lisa Brenneis
Date: June 4, 2009 11:21:45 AM PDT
Subject: Monterey Market bids farewell to Bill and Judy-short report and pics
For those friends who missed Bill and Judy’s last day as employees of the Monterey Market:
Here’s an eyewitness account of the scene as they departed:
“Yesterday afternoon’s gathering at Monterey Market was very fine, and emotional. A crowd of about 200 people filled the street adjacent to the parking lot (the cross street of Hopkins) and when Bill and Judy came out everyone started clapping and continued with enthusiastic applause for a really long time. Tears and cheers.
Bill made a short statement, along with a few interjections from Judy, that was all about how much he loves what he does and that the strength of it all comes from the farmers, staff, and community of shoppers. Someone supplied a box of delicious cherries for the crowd, Bill and Judy were decked with Leis, and everyone stood about talking, sharing thoughts and memories. It was really came across as a heartfelt demonstration of support, thanks, and appreciation for the tremendous contributions Bill and Judy have made to so many communities these past many years.”
Here’s the link to a small web slideshow of yesterday’s event — pictures by Travis Fretter and Jon Brenneis (my dad!): http://picasaweb.google.com/friendsofmarket
If you have decided to take action, either by contacting the new management to express your support for Bill and Judy and/or temporarily boycotting the store, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let support coordinators know — so they have a rough count and a place to go to contact supporters with occasional updates.
Community support continues to build, and a number of events are being planned. We will post updates on such events when we hear about them.
A celebration to honor Bill and Judy Fujimoto will occur on Sunday, June 28 from 2-5pm at MLK Jr Park (between the track and the pool on Hopkins St.) This event is open to everyone in the community.