Fans of the Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market have three more Sundays to visit this popular market at the Alamo Quarry.
But, after an outpouring of support and offers of help on Thursday, the founders, David Lent and Heather Hunter, say they expect to find a great location sooner — rather than later.
The Alamo Quarry Shopping Center informed Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market founders that the last farmers market will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7 due to an early termination of the license agreement.
Market co-founder and co-director, F. David Lent, says, “For an unexplained reason, despite requests for information and a willingness to work with the center on this issue, we have been asked to leave the Alamo Quarry Shopping Center.
“American Assets Trust, corporate ownership, has given us just three weeks to find a new home. The last market at the Quarry will be Dec. 7.
“We were particularly surprised at this turn of events in light of the fact that they approved our request for expansion—of almost double our size—and encouraged us to add more vendors two months ago at the end of September.
“We are most concerned about our farmers and ranchers and their possible loss of income only a few weeks before Christmas. All of our members count on the market to feed their families and run their farms and ranches,” Lent said.
Since May 2011, the Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market has brought life to this center on Sundays, a day that is traditionally slow for retailers. What started with just 10 vendors has grown to feature nearly 40 of the best farmers, ranchers and artisan food producers in South Texas.
Considering the growing importance of local foods, farmers markets around the country are the most popular venues to coalesce a sense of community, of place and support for local farmers.
“We pay our rent on time and in full and are excellent leasers and neighbors. Any time the center has asked us to do anything, we have complied,” said market co-founder and director Heather Hunter.
“The farmers market welcomes between 2,500 and 4,000 shoppers each week and has received national, regional and local accolades and recognition. When we surveyed our shoppers, we learned that 95 percent also visit other stores within the center when they come to the market,” Hunter said.
“The outpouring of support we have received in calls, texts, emails, messages and in social media is incredibly humbling. We are so thankful to have such passionate and vocal supporters. We are honored that we have served and will continue to serve such an appreciative community,” said Hunter.
“We ask the citizens of San Antonio to help us find a new home and to continue to show your support by joining us every week,” she said.
The Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market has become an important “foodie” destination for people who love to cook and eat in San Antonio — and they are committed to continuing this valuable addition to and tradition in the community, said the founders.