Riverside’s farmers market will move to a new location this summer and will feature more variety from vendors, including one selling meat and eggs and another baking made-to-order pizzas using produce from the market.

The market will still be held on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 7 p.m., starting June 29, but it will now be held in the parking lot between the Riverside Public Library and the Riverside Township Hall.

In addition to some familiar vendors returning, like Lyons Fruit Farm from South Haven, Mich., and Wild Sands Farm, the microfarm operation of Riverside resident Cindy Gustafson, there are a few new vendors as well.

Westmont-based The Farm, known for their tomatoes and sweet corn, will be one of the larger vendors at this year’s market. Farmer Nicks from Walworth County, Wis., will sell pork, chicken, eggs and turkey raised on the small family farm near the Illinois border.

Also new this year will be Primo Pizza and Catering of Barrington, which will make pizzas to order onsite using a mobile brick pizza oven. Organizers are also still trying to recruit a cheese vendor and baked-goods vendor.

The 2011 edition of the farmers market represents something of a new era for the three-year-old operation, which had a rough season last summer in its former spot on East Burlington Street.

The season ended with the market’s future in doubt. When the village’s Economic Development Commission, its official sponsor, decided to channel its energy in a different direction, the market was rudderless.

It also didn’t help that there was some behind-the-scenes strife when one of the market’s founders accused a fellow vendor of selling produce not grown on the farm, a charge never substantiated. That vendor, M&D Farms was angered by the charge and won’t return in 2011.

And Randy Brockway, who leveled the charge against M&D Farms, won’t be back either. Throughout the winter and spring, Brockway has repeatedly emailed farmers market organizers to complain about the switch in venues and his perception that not enough is being done to promote the market.

To him, it’s counterintuitive to move the market farther from the central business district.

“The main focus was to help revive the downtown,” said Brockway. “I just don’t think it’s going to work. It goes against what markets are often set up for. They are [located by] small business and have that overflow.”

But this year, more legwork has been done to organize the farmers market than in any past year, says Cathy Haley, the administrative assistant to Riverside’s village manager. She’s has been the point person for the market and organized a committee of volunteers to recruit vendors and seek ideas for improving the market. Brockway is not on the committee.

“I totally get it,” said Haley of Brockway’s reaction to the changes. “He’s concerned about it. He wants a good market, but he thinks no one cares as much as he does. I want to assure him that we do. I don’t know what I can do to alleviate his concerns.

“We’ve done a lot more this year in terms of planning and reaching out to the community and vendors.”

In addition to better signage, market volunteers will pass out fliers at the Riverside train station and have created Facebook and Twitter accounts to help spread the word.

The new location is more visible from the train station, said Haley, and there’s a possibility that the market could end up being located in Guthrie Park.

“It is possible we might do that,” Haley said.

One of the reasons for the change in venue, said Haley, was resistance from Riverside Foods, which is located on East Burlington Street.

“Riverside Foods absolutely saw it as a threat,” said Haley. “The village doesn’t want to antagonize their business owners. It factored into the decision.”

Stephanie Boutsikakis, the owner of Riverside Foods, did not return a phone message left for her at the store.

Haley’s impression was also that the Riverside Chamber of Commerce was ambivalent about the market.

But chamber President Dave Moravecek said he supports the market and would have liked to keep it on Burlington, although he didn’t think its location in the parking lot next door to Riverside Bank was the best place for it.

“The vacant lot on Burlington might be ideal, or by the post office,” Moravecek said, “because it does draw people. But I’m not opposed to the village hall either. Foot traffic there wouldn’t hurt Quincy [Street] either.

“I think anytime you’ve got something going on that brings people in doesn’t hurt.”