Updated with revised start date of May 5th for the Farmer's Market
By Jonathan Goetz
Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report
March 30, 2018 (La Mesa) – La Mesa residents will soon be able to stroll the heart of the downtown village to shop for fresh produce, crafts and other items on Friday afternoons and evenings. The La Mesa City Council voted 4-1 at Tuesday’s meeting to move the Farmer’s Market to the downtown village on a six-month trial basis. It will be run by the La Mesa Village Association instead of the city as a special event each Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. starting May 5th, with street closures from 1 to 8 .p.m.
The change has drawn support from many shoppers and some businesses, but has also engendered opposition from restaurants concerned about losing regular patrons on their busiest night of the week and neighbors with noise and parking concerns.
The new market is projected to be approximately double in size of the current Friday night farmer’s market near the civic center, which must ultimately move due to redevelopment plans.