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Posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 12:00 am

After holding the Galt Farmers Market on Sunday for two summers, the city was decided to move it to Thursday in hopes of getting more people to come.

"Since we are a bedroom community, we have a lot of commuters. On Thursday, they can stop in on the way home, versus having to make the effort to go on Sunday," said Ann Ullrich, a member of the Galt District Chamber of Commerce board.

The city started holding the mostly produce and vegetable market during the summer on Sundays in 2008. Over the past two years, it has struggled to consistently attract customers.

By also moving it to a new location, the city is also hoping to attract residents to come downtown, said Boyce Jeffries, parks and recreation director.

The market will be in the new city parking lot on Lincoln Way. For the kickoff market this Thursday, the city will shut down Lincoln Way to make room for an expanded market with a beer garden, the surf band The Vibro Counts, bounce houses and booths for local businesses.

On the second Thursday of every month, the city will shut down Lincoln Way to do a larger market.

Carlos Dutra, Galt market manager, said he hopes that since it is a night market, the city will be able to attract local restaurants as food vendors, and local artists and crafters.

"We know a lot of people go to the Lodi market from Galt, so we kind of hope they will stay in Galt," Dutra said. "We are going to try to make it as fun as possible."

Payne said Thursday was not her favorite choice because it does compete with Lodi, but Galt has to have it on the days that the vendors are available.

She hopes that by including bands and other events, it will encourage Galt residents to come downtown.

"It's always a challenge in Galt to get people to come out to anything, especially on this side of town, but we are going to do the best we can," Payne said.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com or read her blog at www.lodi-news.com/blogs/citybuzz.

Market vendors

The market will start with 18 vendors, and produce will vary depending on what's in season during the summer.

Here is a list of the vendors and what fruits and vegetables they will be selling Thursday:

M&L Farm: carrots, beets, onions, garlic, zucchini, fava beans, turnips, cabbage, broccoli and other leafy green vegetables.

Four Season Flowers: fresh-cut flowers.

J&J Farms: vine-ripened tomatoes, cherries, apricots, peaches, oranges and strawberries.

KD Produce: green beans and a large selection of oriental vegetables.

The Fruit Factory: peaches and apricots.

Aoyama Farms: oranges, summer squash, peaches and mandarin oranges.

DePalma Farms: cherries, red onions, fava beans, olives, pistachios, walnuts and almonds.

4K Farms: flavored nuts and dry fruits.

Mondragon Farms: strawberries and boysenberries.

Lagorios Farms: asparagus, cherries, onions, potatoes, fava beans, cabbage and broccoli.

The Farm: cherries and red onions.

Honey egg Ranch: fresh eggs.

Chue Produce: snow peas and others oriental vegetables.

Samudeo Farms: peaches and apricots.

Mark & Kim Lubisch: cherries.

M & W: pies, breads, deserts and cookies.

Les Croissant: pies, cinnamon rolls and breads.

Rhythm Blueberries: blueberries.

Source: Carlos Dutra, Galt market manager

Other farmers markets

Lodi Lake Farmers Market
When: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays until Sept. 25.
Where: Lodi Lake parking lot.

Downtown Lodi Farmers Market
When: Farmers Market runs from 5 to 9 p.m. until Sept. 30.
Where: Downtown, centered around School Street.

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5 comments:

  • posted at 12:11 pm on Wed, Jun 9, 2010.

    Posts:

    this is the 3rd location in 4 years. stop moving it around from space to space. we are now on another day and in the evening. stop changing that too. i hope this is the last time we have to look for the market. leave it all produce, no furniture, no jewelry, etc.

     
  • posted at 11:53 am on Wed, Jun 9, 2010.

    Posts:

    Don't you think that it would have been smarter to choose another commuter night than the same night as Lodi's Farmer's Market? That way local vendors don't have to make a choice and both cities can enjoy purchasing fresh produce.

     
  • posted at 10:10 am on Wed, Jun 9, 2010.

    Posts:

    This is not the Galt (flea) Market, this is the Farmer's Market, I loved the one that was held on Sundays for the past few years in the bank's parking lot and I will probably love it even more in the new location. T&C you are misinformed and always negative. It must be miserable being you.

     
  • posted at 2:53 am on Wed, Jun 9, 2010.

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    Its no secret that some venders sell "Counterfeit DVD movies at the market! Tell us why GPD doesn't walk around the market Maggie, (Or You yourself) and open up random dvd cases to see a blank DVD inside?That in itself would make a good article and help shut down venders breaking the law.

     
  • posted at 2:51 am on Wed, Jun 9, 2010.

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    By also moving it to a new location, the city is also hoping to attract residents to come downtown, said Boyce Jeffries, parks and recreation director.The market will be in the new city parking lot on Lincoln Way. For the kickoff market this Thursday, the city will shut down Lincoln Way to make room for an expanded market with a beer garden."Sorry I just had to laugh! "the city will shut down Lincoln Way to make room for an expanded market with a beer garden."Desperate times call for desperate measures!

     

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