could soon be expanding as Monrovia looks for new ways to attract business downtown on Sundays, but the city, shopkeepers and residents agree that the event should stick to its farm-fresh roots.
Conceived as a way to bring more people to Old Town during a typically slow business day, the Sunday farmers market allows vendors to set up shop along Lime Avenue to sell fresh produce, flowers, baked goods and food products.
But attendance at the event remains low and the market could use some fresh ideas, said Monrovia Old Town Advisory Board president Brian Whelan.
"It does need to expand," Whelan said. "It's not going to attract people as it is. As you drive by, the attendance is pretty sparse."
City spokesman Dan Bell said attendance has been steadily increasing at the market. He said the city was open to expanding it by possibly allowing makers of handmade jewelry and peddlers of incense to set up tables.
The city has been tinkering with the market since its inception about a year ago, he said.
"We wanted it to be something that attracts folks to downtown on Sundays, which is typically a slow day in Old Town," Bell said. "We want to provide an attractive show and a show worth coming to."
Residents voiced their displeasure via Facebook this week with the idea of including other wares at the market, such as clothing and hair pins. Market patron Jen Havens said she was troubled at the sight of a clothing vendor selling merchandise on Sunday. Havens and others said the market should remain distinct from its Friday counterpart, the .
Bell was aware of the vendor Havens was referring to and said he asked that person to stop selling the merchandise. He said the Sunday market was a "much different concept" than the Friday festival and that the city would continue to ban sellers of clothing and trinkets.
Whelan also said he'd prefer that the Sunday market stick to fresh produce and handmade crafts.
"I would like to see it always maintained either grown or handmade," Whelan said. "Nothing commercial, because that kind of takes away from the essence and the purity of it."
The Market in the Park is held Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along the 100 block of West Lime Avenue next to .