The farmer’s market came home, moved to the new wing and plaza

Shoppers walk inside the new Farmers' Market Pavilion on Saturday, June 4, 2022 in downtown Eugene.

Philip Smith describes it as a “super-duper” to go back to the original home of the Lane County Farmers Market.

About a year and a half after moving to East Fifth Avenue, the market returned to its Eighth Avenue and Oak Street locations on Saturday and moved to its new permanent home – the Farmers Market Pavilion and Plaza.

Smith, who first began selling to the market with Blessed Bee in 1992, has seen the farmers market expand, gaining sellers and a greater selection of products.

The completed suite “seems to be an excellent improvement,” he said, not missing the horns of passing trains as it did when the market was on East Fifth Avenue.

Saturday and Tuesday farmers markets will be the stand and arena from now on.