WALNUT CREEK -- The Diablo Valley Farmers Market's 2013 Nissan van reported stolen Thursday was found the next day in Pittsburg, reeking of garbage but mostly intact, a market director said.
But approximately $6,000 worth of kids' craft tables, portable awnings and other market supplies were still missing Monday.
The van, having been obtained by the market organizers only a few months ago, was stolen Wednesday night or early Thursday morning from the Citrus Center parking lot at Oak Grove Road and Citrus Avenue. It contained most of the supplies used to put on the weekly farmers market at the Kaiser Permanente medical offices in the Shadelands Business Park.
Farmers Market Director Gail Hayden said police in Pittsburg found the van in the 1200 block of Columbia Street, after a resident there called police after reading a report on the theft.
In the back was a huge load of garbage, said Hayden, adding that a professional cleaning will be required.
She said last week the Saturday morning farmers market would go on, and it did. Some market goers on Saturday donated tables for the kids crafts, she said, and the market received $113 in donations to replace stolen tables and supplies.
"It was really a story of the community coming together," Hayden said.