The Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market, which has drawn a faithful following of thousands who have visted their Alamo Quarry Shopping Center location for the past 3 1/2 years, will move to The Yard next Sunday, Dec. 14.
The past couple of weeks have been a roller-coaster ride for farmers market co-founders and directors, Heather Hunter and F. David Lent. The Alamo Quarry on Basse Road pushed them out of that venue, citing reasons of traffic and parking congestion. The challenge was to find another venue without missing a beat — and that they did.
Sunday morning, a blackboard sign next to Hunter’s Cowgirl Granola booth at the market announced the move to customers and vendors alike.
The Yard, at 5300 McCullough Ave., will be their new home, a smaller shopping center which houses Olmos Perk and Urth Juice Bar, among other businesses.
“This location seems like a better fit for us in that the market will now be surrounded by locally-owned and independent businesses. We feel this new location better serves the surrounding communities,” says market co-founder, F. David Lent.
The roller-coaster ride happened just a few days ago after the founders had an encouraging meeting with a possible sponsor that didn’t work out. Fortunately there was a plan B.
“It’s been a stressful couple of weeks,” said Hunter. “But The Yard recently repaved their parking lot, they have space for us and they want us. We’re just happy we could make the move without missing a Sunday,” she said. The market’s name will change to The Yard Farmers and Ranchers Market.
Today, the founders talked to press and public about the move, which is located just a few minutes drive east from the Quarry. “Everyone has been so supportive and encouraging, it’s been amazing,” Hunter said. And, the vendors — such as Ming’s Thing, Shrub Drinks, Peaceful Pork, La Panaderia and many more are expected to make the move, too.
Late last month, Hunter and Lent received word from American Assets Trust, corporate ownership for the Quarry asking them to leave. That notice gave them only a few weeks to find a new location.
“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,” said Lent.