Tracy farmers market goes year-round
by Justin Lafferty/ TP staff
Nov 09, 2009 | 2419 views | 7 7 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Beatriz Palacios of Cecchini & Cecchini Farms and other vendors will be able to sell their goods year-round at the expanded farmers market in downtown Tracy.   Press file photo
Beatriz Palacios of Cecchini & Cecchini Farms and other vendors will be able to sell their goods year-round at the expanded farmers market in downtown Tracy. Press file photo
Organizers of Tracy’s downtown farmers market have decided to spread their offerings year-round, mainly because of increased attendance this year.

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.
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November 10, 2009

I don't really buy a whole lot of produce at Farmers Market. But what I have noticed is that the stores in the downtown get busy during the Farmers Market.

I think that will offset the problem you are talking about.

And besides, there's really no sales tax on produce. So it is a moot point to argue about city losing revenue.

If anything, the city is gaining revenue, because people are walking around with lattes they bought from the downtown stores.

The stores seem busy enough. In fact, they just put in a new Raleys and it was packed full of people ever since it opened for business in Tracy, CA.

It's really a moot point from all angles.
November 10, 2009
I really like Farmers Market. Nothing beats fresh, seasonal produce.
November 09, 2009

We hope many of you will still buy your produce at your grocery stores. These stores create jobs for people who work and create revenue that stays in each city.

We hope you get the drift.

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November 09, 2009
Good idea, people could get hungry after seeing all those appetizing fruits and veggies! And attractive presentation in front of the stores/windows just might encourage people to stay longer downtown! Eye appeal is important in attracting customers.

I want those asparagus in the picture!!!:)

November 09, 2009
This is one terrific success story.

How about the businesses in downtown Tracy finding a way to capitalize on this positive draw to the area? Every time I turn around people complain there is no reason to go to downtown. Obviously there is! It's been a long time since I've been in retail, but if the businesses in downtown could to bring customers from the Farmer's Market into their stores to spend a little $$$$, then it seems it would be a "win-win" for everyone.

Just thinking out loud.
November 09, 2009
I really enjoyed getting the fresh produce at Farmers Market when I was in Tracy, ones here reminded me of Tracy.

The comradie among people will be stronger seeing that there are many who do the same, to shop wisely for healthier foods.

My mom is here from NY and she is in love with the West, next she is going to TRACY to visit with my brother! Have told her the places to see and I know she will enjoy going to Tracy's Farmer's Market since she is a Nutritionist.

Get your children to enjoy fresh vegetables, like cut raw carrots, celery, sugar snap peas (great snack), it will boost their immunity where carbohydrate suppresses it. (just turns into fat if not burned off by exercise) "You are what you eat", want to look svelte like a carrot or look like a potato chip bag?

Biking to Farmers Market was a treat for me.

November 09, 2009
This is great news as the Farmers Market has been a huge success for the Downtown.

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