SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A Thursday night tradition is returning to San Luis Obispo. The famous Downtown SLO Farmers' Market is finally reopening with a new modified format.
The popular event has been a long time Thursday night tradition in the city since 1983, but has been closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Downtown SLO, the nonprofit organization that runs Farmers' Market, said it is bringing back the event in phased reopening plan.
According to a press release, visitors during the first reopening phase can expect to see:
- Certified Farmers offering fresh local produce
- Food Artisans offering pre-sealed to-go food items/ingredients such as bread, pastries, salsa, and more.
- Craft/Home goods such as soap, salves, candles, and more.
There will be no live entertainment or meals available to purchase. Other categories deemed non-essential will not be included at the market during the first reopening phase.
All visitors, as well as vendors, will be required to wear masks at all times. In addition, pets are not allowed, with the exception of service animals.
The market is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be smaller in size, located on Higuera Street between Chorro and Osos streets. Some vendors will be located on Morro Street between Monterey and Higuera streets.
Downtown SLO said it will monitor the conditions over the next several weeks and months with the hope of adding vendor categories and additional street closures once updated guidance is received from County and State public health.
Market organizers are also encouraging visitors to check out the May Flower Initiative, a
downtown community art project featuring artist-painted windows on more than 85 storefronts, as well as a Plaza
Pop-Up in partnership with the City of San Luis Obispo.
For more information on Downtown SLO Farmers' Market, click here.