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.
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.