Farmers' Market Association expected to regain control of produce section of Thursday market

The Farmers' Market Association will likely regain control of the produce section of Thursday Night Farmers Market.

The board of directors of the Downtown Association and the Farmers’ Market Association met over the weekend to discus the issues that evolved when the Downtown Association assumed control the produce vendors in late January, according to a press release issued Monday by the Downtown Association.

The two boards will meet Tuesday to formalize the agreement with an annual contract, according to the press release.

The Downtown Association, which is contracted by the city to manage the Thursday night event, informed farmers in mid- January of the takeover -- emphasizing that the change would not mean any fee increase for farmers or any change in the availability of selling space in the next year.

The San Luis Obispo City Council heard more than two hours of public testimony Feb. 2 in support of keeping the Farmers’ Market Association in control – which led the council to recommend that the association should continue to play an integral role in the produce section of the market.

--AnnMarie Cornejo