More change is coming to the Turlock Certified Farmers’ Market this season. Not only will the farmers’ market move from Friday mornings to Saturday mornings this season, but it will also move location.
Since its return to Turlock in 2010, the market has been located on S. Broadway between Market Street and Olive Avenue. Starting this season, the market will move just down the street to E. Main between Center and Palm streets.
According to Turlock Farmers Market Manager Derek Griffin, the move was a collaborative effort between the market, the Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association and the City of Turlock.
"We're moving back to the original location on Main Street," said Griffin. "It was the best location with the most room to grow."
Griffin said the farmers’ market committee reached out to the businesses along E. Main Street that would be affected by the move before the final decision was made.
Although the owners La Mo Cafe — located at 310 E. Main — have been frequent customers of the Turlock Farmers’ Market purchasing fresh produce and bread from the market for use in their downtown restaurant, they were initially tentative about supporting the move of the market to their end of Main Street.
According to La Mo co-owner Hillary Smith, the farmers’ market committee really listened to the business owners' concerns and tried to mitigate any negative outcomes. Now, La Mo is fully behind the move.
"We are really excited and we think it's great for downtown," said Smith. "We're a little worried about traffic, but hopefully it'll be worth it."
Smith said she is also looking forward to literally stepping out the front door of the restaurant to purchase locally grown items for use that day.
The farmers’ market will return this season with "quite a few new vendors," said Griffin.
A few of those newcomers to the market will include a Latif's pie booth, a milk vendor and locally made goat cheese. Along with new vendors, the market will feature more themed days, food demonstrations and a chili cook-off in the fall.
The Turlock Certified Farmers Market will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays starting May 2 and running through October.