Warren Farmers' Market is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a trip.
During every one of its previous years, the market has been held at the Midtown Parking Lot. When Farmers' Market opens Saturday at 8 a.m., it will be located in the 200 block of Liberty Street.
Warren Main Street has offered to sponsor Farmers' Market in the hopes that having the event in the midst of downtown businesses will generate additional foot traffic into the stores. In past years, Farmers' Market officials have estimated that 1,000 customers pass through on a nice-weather Saturday.
Main Street will pay the $100 special event fee for the season and act as a conduit for liability insurance. A downtown business will also provide storage space for Farmers' Market materials.
Michele Bango, who sells herbs and homemade dog treats, said Main Street and the market are working well together.
The Farmers' Market season will run every Saturday from June 14 through Oct. 25, including July 5.
The first vendor to arrive will close off the street at Second and Third avenues. Vendors will park along the west side of Liberty Street and set up their booths in the southbound lane. Customers and other foot traffic will be able to walk on either sidewalk or in the northbound lane. The street will be closed to vehicle traffic every Saturday from about 6 a.m. to about 1 p.m.
Frair suggests market patrons park near the middle of the midtown lot and walk between the buildings at the Santa House alley.
Although it's not a big change, vendors are concerned. They hope the move isn't bad for their business.
"Hopefully the community will come out and support us," Bango said. "That's the only way we're going to stay."