FLINT (WJRT) -
(06/10/14) - In less than two weeks, the Flint Farmer's Market will make the big move into its new downtown home.
This week, though, is your last chance to visit the market at it's current location of more than seven decades.
After 74 years, The Flint Farmer's Market is spending its last week on Robert T. Longway.
"I'm going to miss the ice cream and the location, but still, just as long as I get fresh vegetables, if it's good for the city, I'm all for the move," said customer Alfred Cook.
Many of the market's vendors are already making the transition over to the Market's new downtown home in the old Flint Journal Printing press building, and getting ready for the June 21 grand opening.
For others, this week is still business as usual.
"I've got a lot of fresh fruit ready to sell, ready for the people to come out still, and also very excited for the move," said Clinton Peck, vendor.
"Our family has been down here since 1950 and there's going to be some sad feelings, but there's going to be a lot of good feelings because it's a new place we're moving into, and it's going to be a lot of fun," said Melody McCarron, vendor.
One vendor that won't be making the move is Howard Farms. The owners have decided to retire.
"With everything changing, it was a good time to say, OK, 37 years, we're going to be finished," said Melinda Howard.
No big plans have been made for Saturday's final day, just the hope that people will come out with cameras in hand.
"We're going to say goodbye here gracefully, and with a lot of fond memories," said Dick Ramsdall, Flint Farmers' Market manager.
As for the building - the market staff has promised to maintain it and provide security until a new tenant can be found.
"We are working very hard to get someone into this building, because there are so many memories. We don't want anything to happen to this place," Ramsdall said.
The Farmers' Market is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with vendors packing up and moving out on Sunday.