In years past, the market started at the beginning of May and ended the week before Thanksgiving, but more people visiting the downtown market means more Saturdays of shopping.
King Ly, the manager of the Tracy market, said as many as 2,000 people walked along 10th Street between Central Avenue and B Street on Saturdays in 2009 to buy fresh produce and other goods, a higher turnout than the previous two years. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“It was stronger than last year, so we thought maybe it would be good to try year-round,” Ly said.
Pacific Coast Farmers Markets operations manager Vince Scalise said it’s probably the economy that has introduced more people to the markets
“For the farmers, it was an excellent year, in all our markets,” Scalise said. “People are staying close to home, people are enjoying communities. … It’s just that good feeling of going to downtown Tracy and getting breakfast and having fresh produce.”
Ly said each week, about 25 farmers and vendors come to Tracy from the Central Valley, Bay Area and other parts of the state.
Scalise said the market has some special plans for the holidays. Vendors will have more arts and crafts for sale, as well as poinsettias, olive oil and jams. An information table will offer holiday recipes and tips on how to cook a turkey, Scalise said, and a 6-foot-tall stocking full of toys will be raffled off, as well.