The Sonoma City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to hire a group headed by Bill Dardon to manage the Tuesday night Farmers Market in 2011.
The council opted for the proposal of the Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers Market over the contending group, headed by Irene Morgan.
Choosing not to participate in the process was the organization that had operated the market for some 20 years. Dardon served as chair of that board last spring, and was credited with bringing a sense of transparency and accountability to the embattled group.
The VMCFM proposal was presented by Pat Coleman, who pointed to a track record of success. She promised a diversity of vendors and said the area to the north of City Hall will be used for youth programs.