ATASCADERO — After several years of operating out of the parking lot of Smart & Final (formerly Albertsons), the Atascadero Farmer’s Market made a move this week to a new location at downtown’s Sunken Gardens, the market’s original home.
With vendors selling out left and right, the new location was an obvious win for all involved.
“Today was really, really great,” said Farmer’s Market manager Robyn Gable. “A lot of people sold out — it was very good.”
Katie Reynoso, with Eclair Bakery out of Arroyo Grande, said that they company rarely sold out of product a the market’s old location, but Wednesday they sold out halfway through the event.
“We weren’t quite prepared for the amount of bread that was going to go out today,” she said. “So we sold out half an hour in. It’s been an absolutely great thing for us.”
Gable said that vendors should be prepared with more stock on hand for next week’s market. She added that if business remains as consistently good as it was Wednesday, she would consider adding more vendors from the Farmer’s Market Association’s large pool of 98 members.
“I can build this thing,” she said. “I can bring anything that anybody could possibly want, but we need shoppers to support the farmers and the vendors that come here. I’m going to see how it goes the next couple of weeks and if it stays consistent like this we could go all the way around the park.”
Templeton Hills Beef owner Will Woolley was at the market selling locally-raised, grass fed beef and he said that business was much better than it was at the former location.
“It’s been absolutely incredible,” he said. “There was a lot more activity.”
Alle Pia Fine Cured Meats owner Antonio Varia brought his selection of salamis and other cured meats to the market for the first time Wednesday and said that he was happy the market was happening at Sunken Gardens.
“I like the feeling of the green grass and the fountain — it’s really nice,” he said. “I’m pleased that we’re here. We did very well.”
The next Atascadero Farmer’s Market is set to take place Wednesday, April 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Sunken Gardens.