Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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North County Farmers Market

Announces New Location in Atascadero!  

 
The City of Atascadero and the North County Farmer’s Market are extremely pleased to announce the relocation of Farmer’s Market to the Sunken Gardens in Downtown Atascadero! The move from the Smart & Final location to the Sunken Gardens will take place on Wednesday, April 5th, and then Atascadero’s Farmer’s Market will be held at the Sunken Gardens every Wednesday from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. The City and the North County Farmers market will team up for a Grand Opening celebration on April 5th with food trucks and entertainment to welcome everyone back to the downtown location.
 
The timing of the move is perfectly positioned to “Spring into Fresh Produce”, as it takes place just prior to Spring Break for the surrounding schools.  While school is in session, families picking up students will have the  advantage of  stopping in for fresh
dinner items as they pick up their children from school. “The return of Farmer’s Market to our downtown will be a welcomed addition for our merchants and restaurants in the surrounding area. We are excited with their decision as this location offers a great opportunity for growth and residents to enjoy a central location along with the beautiful surroundings of the downtown area.” said Mayor Tom O’Malley.
 
The idea of returning the market to the downtown location began in November 2015, however, timing is everything and changing a location is tricky. “We wanted to make sure that the current customer base was open to the change and that our farmers saw the opportunity and from a timing perspective were comfortable to make the move to a new location,” said Robyn Gable, Manager for North County Farmers Market. The market had previously been located at the Sunken Gardens, however after the impact of the San Simeon earthquake, the North County Farmers Market Board decided to move to what was then Albertsons, and then Haggen’s and is now Smart & Final.
 
The impact of the move resulting from the 2003 earthquake and the resultant closure of City Hall, together with the multiple changes in the grocery stores has had an impact on the market. With Historic City Hall beautifully restored and open to the public, the market’s return to the Sunken Gardens is seen as a good move.
 
The North County Farmers Market will continue to be at its current location at Smart & Final through March 29th. There will be plenty of signage and reminders that the market will be moving over the next four weeks. More information will be forthcoming on the details of the Grand Opening to be held on April 5th.
 
If you have any questions about the move of the Farmers market, please contact Robyn Gable at Robyn@northcountyfarmersmarkets.com or Terrie Banish at tbanish@atascadero.org
 
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