Founder & Executive Director
Harv's family moved to San Ramon over thirty years ago, and he has called this community home ever since. Harv founded the farmers market in 2006 to create an alternative shopping experience to support local, organic growers and to develop a vibrant community gathering place for locals to hang out and celebrate local foods. Prior to starting the market, from 2001-2005 Harv helped build the Port Townsend Farmers Market in Washington State into a very successful market. It was voted best community farmers market in 2012.
Harv is an accomplished local food forager who has "foraged" and nurtured some of the most innovative natural, organic brands for Whole Foods Market from 2006-2016. Harv was one of Whole Foods Markets original forager, who cultivated over 1,000 new local supplier relationships for all product categories and helped develop Whole Foods Markets local program into a successful model for mentoring and supporting the growth of emerging local food entrepreneurs in Northern California.
More recently, after 10 years with Whole Foods Market, Harv left to start Forager Ventures, a product development company that seeks out innovative brands and to focus on the growth and transition of the San Ramon farmers market to its new home in the city center slated for a Fall 2018 opening.