Old Cheney Farmer's Market

The Old Cheney Road Farmer's Market, which launched in 2005, will move to a new location in College View next season.

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When the Old Cheney Road Farmers' Market began 13 years ago, there were just a handful of vendors. It's grown to more than 60 vendors and is running out of space.

Sunday marks the final day for this year's market, which will be renamed when it moves to College View next season.

"We've outgrown our location, and the new location will provide flexibility with space and parking," market manager Sarah Smith said.

The market's board of directors is in the process of finalizing a new location at the Seventh-day Adventist church parking lot on 48th Street between Prescott and Lowell avenues, Vice President Kevin Loth said.

"We're really excited about the opportunity to work with new groups and sponsors that are very enthusiastic to have us be part of that neighborhood energy," he said.

While Loth said he's sad to leave the current location, he and the board are proud to see such monumental growth and success for the market and its vendors. The board decided last month to consider moving because of the continued growth. 

"It's an exciting time, but change is challenging," he said. "We loved where we were, but the circumstances of its growth and success called for us to look at alternate locations. And I think we've found a great new opportunity here to meet goals from all angles."

Earlier this year, the neighboring Lincoln Athletic Club began charging nonmembers $5 to park during the farmers market. Free parking was still available in the Old Cheney Center, but at times was congested with only one entrance and exit off Old Cheney Road.

While the name will change, Loth said he hopes to find a way to transition the market into a new identity without losing current customers. The new name is still being decided, but will likely include something about the College View neighborhood.

The College View Farmers Market began last year and runs every Thursday. Loth said he could see the two markets potentially working together. 

The Sunday market plans to continue running the same 28-week season and will likely maintain the same hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While the new location will be an adjustment for customers and vendors, Loth looks forward to watching the market continue to flourish in a bigger space, which is just 1½ miles away from the current market at 55th Street and Old Cheney Road alongside Beal Slough.

"There's a certain sadness because it's been such a lovely site and it has treated us so great," he said, "but there's also a sense of pride that we've done a really good job and we've just grown too far."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7241 or twilliams@journalstar.com.

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