Updated 2:38 p.m.
The East Plaza Farmers' Market, which we announced an hour ago would debut this weekend, has been postponed until Spring 2014, city officials said.
According to Chris Valuckas, senior recreation supervisor for the City of Union City's Leisure Services, the City of Union City and the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association decided Wednesday to postpone the market.
Ed.'s note: An interview with a PCFMA regional manager was conducted Tuesday afternoon.
Though quickly becoming a vibrant center in Union City, the Station District is still a secret to some. The stunning seven-story mural, the bright and unique play pyramid, and the East Plaza with its beautiful golden statues and equally awe-inspiring fountain are all tucked away along 11th Street. Unless you live in the area, you’re likely not going to frequent it often.
That’s going to change this weekend.
Starting this Saturday at 9 a.m., the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association will debut the all new East Plaza Farmers’ Market.
The new East Plaza Farmers’ Market will run concurrently with the Union City Farmers’ Market in Old Alvarado-Cesar Chavez Park — every Saturday year-round from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held near at the intersection of 11th Street and Decoto Road.
“With such a great new location, we are pleased to offer members of the community the opportunity to buy local and eat healthy,” John Silviera, Director of PCFMA, said in a statement.
PCFMA hosts more than 70 weekly markets throughout the Bay Area, including the Old Alvarado market and the Tuesday Kaiser Permanente market in Union City.
The new Union City market will feature local farmers and other producers offering late summer produce like salad greens, pears, melons, tomatoes and Asian produce, along with a kettlecorn vendor and some packaged foods. There will also be food, live music, entertainment and events for children throughout the season.
Though the East Plaza market will run at the same days and times as the Old Alvarado market, organizers are anticipating a large crowd.
According to Greg Pursley, regional market manager for PCFMA, the Old Alvarado market draws about 2,000 people this time of year. He’s hoping a similar crowd will show up for the grand opening this weekend.
“A lot of people like to shop early on Saturdays so they can have the rest of the weekend to play,” Pursley told Patch Tuesday afternoon.