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Entrepreneurs fight over fate of decades old farmers market

Posted at 10:36 PM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-20 01:36:02-04

LA MESA (KGTV)- Friday evening could have been one of the last times the community sees the farmers market on La Mesa Boulevard. On Tuesday the La Mesa City Council will vote to determine the future of the farmers market.

Scott Strickland is a vendor at the La Mesa Farmers Market and has been for four years.

Strickland tells 10News, “it would be about probably 25 percent of my gross revenue.”

Strickland does not want the farmers market to leave La Mesa Boulevard.

The farmers market has been at this location for one year and Strickland says it’s been the best location for the vendors, “I would say maybe 10 times the money we were making over there.”

Friday, 10News tried talking with business owners who oppose the farmers market being on La Mesa Boulevard. They all have brick and mortar locations that they say are suffering on Friday evenings.

One restaurant owner showed us empty tables during their happy hour, another shared they had to cut down staffing on Friday nights because they were losing about three thousand dollars.

Both sides are prepared to attend the meeting on Tuesday night and share their concerns and financial burdens with city councilmembers.