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Central Coast Living: SLO farmers’ market celebrates 40th anniversary

Posted at 3:57 PM, Oct 04, 2018

Farmers’ markets in the United States that turn busy intersections into shopping zones were popularized here in San Luis Obispo, according to local historians.

Every Thursday, weather permitting, many head to downtown San Luis Obispo to enjoy farmers’ market.

There, you can find fresh produce, delicious food, music, and more.

San Luis Obispo’s first market began in a parking lot on Broad Street in 1978.

The San Luis Obispo County Farmers’ Market Association is now made up of five markets throughout the county.

From the vendors to the customers, everyone enjoys the face-to-face interaction as part of the farm to table transaction.

“It’s great to see customers frequent multiple markets during the weeks,” said Virginia Rose, a vendor at Wednesday’s market in Arroyo Grande.

“I get to talk with them and hear about the process of their meat, how they’re raising it, what they’re feeding them. When you go to your traditional markets you have no idea,” said Elizabeth Silva, a customer at the AG market.

Saturday, Oct. 13 is the 40th anniversary of the San Luis Obispo County Farmers’ Market Association.

The association will hold a bash that morning from 8 to 10:45 in the Embassy Suites and World Market parking lot in San Luis Obispo.

It will include a cooking demonstration from Novo, a floral demonstration by Cal Poly and live music.