Aug 9, 2014 9:00 PM by Vanessa Vasconcelos
It was a day of celebration for the Chico Certified Farmers Market. People of all ages gathered to commemorate a new sense of security for the market.
The Farmers Market presented a check of $5,000 to the City of Chico. This is the first of 6 checks that will be given as an annual contribution. Mayor Gruendl was on hand to accept the check and offer his support to the downtown treasure.
After facing possible relocation at the end of the year, the Friends of the Farmers Market wrote an initiative to stay at the E Second and Wall St. location.
The market would have been relocated to the lot behind city hall. The smaller space would cut 20% of the markets vendors. The Friends of the Farmers Market acquired 93,000 signatures of support for the market.
Despite mixed reactions, the Chico City Council voted unanimously to keep the Saturday Market where it's been for the past 20 years. They now have a 6 year lease instead of a year-to-year. Vendors feel that provides some stability. After the 6 year lease is up in 2020, the city council at the time will have the option to renew for 8 years or leave it up to the voters.
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