Fresh Pro­duce And Fun Due At Farm­ers’ Mar­ket

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@oak­dale­leader.com

Sunny skies and sum­mer-like tem­per­a­tures pre­dicted for to­day will greet at­ten­dees at the first of the sea­son River­bank Cer­ti­fied Farm­ers’ Mar­ket.

Mar­ket Man­ager Gar­nette Martin of the River­bank Cham­ber of Com­merce said the weekly mar­kets will run each Wed­nes­day star­ing to­day, May 18 and con­tin­u­ing through Sept. 7. Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the mar­ket set up around the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 3600 Santa Fe, between Sixth and Seventh streets.

“Our whole con­cept is that this is a ‘Fam­ily Night Out’,” said Martin. “Our farm­ers are the plus; you’re com­ing to have a fun night out with the fam­ily and you can pick up those fresh toma­toes at the same time.”

Mu­sic, food, ac­tiv­i­ties for the kids and more will be fea­tured dur­ing the weekly events, with

sev­eral ‘theme’ weeks also due dur­ing the sum­mer, in­clud­ing some clas­sic car shows, and there will be movie nights as well.

“This week, there is open swim at the pool for free, from 5 pm. to 8 p.m.,” Martin added of the Wed­nes­day night mar­ket event.

The com­mu­nity pool is ad­ja­cent to the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, where the mar­ket booths are staged.

Mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment for the first Wed­nes­day mar­ket will be pro­vided by the Ryan Rus­sell Band, per­form­ing on the stage/ plat­form area on the side of the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

“We’re still fill­ing in the ven­dors, we don’t have an ac­tual count yet,” Martin said Mon­day of get­ting final pa­per­work in for the

pro­duce booths for the first week.

Other booths will in­clude food and mer­chan­dise ven­dors, the food rang­ing from a taco ven­dor to BBQ tri tip, ham­burg­ers and hot dogs to a ket­tle corn ven­dor.

“You can come and get din­ner or you can come and just get snack food,” noted Martin.

Much like the farm­ers mar­ket in neigh­bor­ing

Oak­dale – which kicked off on May 4 – Martin an­tic­i­pates adding fruit and veg­etable ven­dors as the sea­son moves along and their prod­ucts will also vary, de­pend­ing on what is in sea­son.

“Our em­pha­sis is on be­ing a com­mu­nity event,” she said. “This is a fun fam­ily night out.”

Mean­while, the Area Agency on Ag­ing will be dis­tribut­ing Se­nior Farm-

ers Mar­ket Nu­tri­tion Pro­gram Coupons again this year. El­i­gi­bil­ity for the coupons in­clude: Must be 60 or older and have a lim­ited in­come ($1,815/month for one or $2,456/two). The coupons will be given out on a first come first serve ba­sis.

Each book­let con­tains a to­tal of $20 worth of coupons to buy fresh fruits, veg­eta­bles, herbs, and honey.

They may only be used at a cer­ti­fied farm­ers’ mar­ket and are lim­ited to only one book­let per per­son/ year.

Coupons will be avail­able at the River­bank mar­ket on Wed­nes­day, June 15 but can also be ob­tained as early as Thurs­day, May 26 at the Modesto Down­town Mar­ket/Se­nior Aware­ness Day Event in front of Modesto Li­brary, 1500 I St., from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

MARG JACK­SON/THE NEWS

River­bank will host the first in a se­ries of weekly Fam­ily Night Out – Cer­ti­fied Farm­ers’ Mar­kets tonight, May 18, with the Wed­nes­day night mar­ket run­ning from 5 p.m. to 8 pm. each week through Sept. 7. Fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles will be just one of the of­fer­ings at the mar­ket, sit­u­ated around the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

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