Emotions mixed as La Mesa Certified Farmers Market returns downtown

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LA MESA, Calif. – The signs are up and the streets are blocked. It’s another step toward normalcy in La Mesa.

The La Mesa Certified Farmers Market returned downtown Friday evening after nearly a year away. Taking place once a week along La Mesa Boulevard, the market offers a place for vendors to line the street to sell fresh produce, food and various other offerings to the community.

For much of the pandemic, the market set up shop in a parking lot on nearby Allison Avenue, where business dropped some 30%, according to Brian Beevers of Brian’s Farmers Markets.

Needless to say, he’s happy to be back, but not everyone is thrilled about the market’s return.

“There’s some tension there with some of the businesses,” Beevers said. “Our commitment still is to support them. Our commitment is to send people their way.

Some downtown business owners told…

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