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Farmers market on the move
Summer event moving to Orchard Valley
Bulmaro Campuzano of B&L Campuzano Farms out of Stockton stocks fresh corn at last year’s farmers market at Library Park. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Manteca’s farmers market is departing Library Park for the plaza of the theater at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley.

The move is being predicated by the city’s $894,000 expansion of Library Park now underway that won’t be completed until September.

Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau - the organizer of the summer market - explored other downtown sites such as Wilson Park and Sycamore Avenue but found they either required closing two streets or would impact too many store still open for business during the market’s Tuesday run from 4:30 to 8 p.m. A third proposal to move to the Civic Center near the Parks & Rec office was nixed due to insufficient lighting.

CVB Executive Director Linda Abeldt said the organization’s ag commission recommended the move to Orchard Valley “for now.”

“The plan is for 2011 at the moment,” Abeldt said.

The organization in the past has toyed with the idea of moving to Orchard Valley after a series of incidents where several homeless people were harassing market attendees.

Poag & McEwen, owners of Orchard Valley, are preparing to launch a farmers market of their own that would take place Saturday mornings. That, however, isn’t expected to materialize until 2012.

The weekly Tuesday market often draws upward of 1,000 people weekly.

Abeldt said the summer market will continue to have its weekly entertainment plus farmers selling locally grown produce and other vendors.

She said there is plenty of space to accommodate the farmers market in the area in front of the theater near the water feature.

For more information on the market, contact the CVB at 823-7229.