SALINAS, Calif. -- Twenty-five hundred people were at the Oldtown Farmer's Market on Saturday. It was the market's first time at its new location on Gabilan Street. The vendors that are a part of the farmer's market, as well as the surrounding businesses in Oldtown, saw a noticeable change.
However, the Farmer's Market is one shortfall for some Oldtown merchants.
Brian Higgins, director of the Oldtown Salinas Association, said: "The businesses on this block are very happy, but the businesses not on this block are ready for us to grow."
The Oldtown Farmer's Market only expands from Salinas to Main Street due to Caltrans regulations; therefore, businesses between Main and Monterey streets were initially upset that they would be missing out on potential customers.
Jessica James, owner of Fluff Cupcakery, found a temporary solution to get people to come to her block until the expansion of the Farmer's Market. James had wine tasting at her cupcake shop, and advertised her business in the area by directing people to come down to her shop.
Despite the market not being outside of her window front yet, she said: "Business has been really good today. I have noticed so many more people walking by because of the market. It has been great."