Farmers market back in season
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
May 16, 2013 | 1517 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Turlock resident Darryl Bagley buys fruit from the SunBlest Orchards booth at the True Value Patterson Farmers Market on Wednesday, May 15.--Photo by Nick Rappley/Patterson Irrigator
Turlock resident Darryl Bagley buys fruit from the SunBlest Orchards booth at the True Value Patterson Farmers Market on Wednesday, May 15.--Photo by Nick Rappley/Patterson Irrigator
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Farmers were busy courting customers and giving out free samples during the first week of the True Value Patterson Farmers Market on Wednesday, May 15.

Products such as kettle corn, doughnuts, barbeque ribs and fresh produce were on full display and ready for purchase in the True Value shopping center at Ward and West Las Palmas avenues, as customers gobbled up and enjoyed cool weather, sights and smells.

“We really had a pretty good turnout for the first week,” event organizer Carol Bogdanich said. “We’ll have even more vendors next week.”

New vendors this year offered fresh fruit smoothies and mini doughnuts, she said.

Next week, Cobblestone Bakery will serve up cannolis, pies, filled croissants and macaroon cookies, she said.

The community has shown good support, and a sign posted on East Las Palmas Avenue near Old Las Palmas Avenue has not hurt, either.

“People come in to town for something else and see the sign and stop in,” Bogdanich said.

Darryl Bagley of Turlock said he did just that, stopping by to visit after noticing the farmers market sign while visiting family in town. He purchased fruit from Patterson-based SunBlest Orchards, which offered olive oils, honeys and fresh fruit such as apricots and strawberries.

“We’ll be back,” he said.

Vendors from outside of town were doing well, too.

Jessica Sweet of Turlock-based Hamlow Ranches said business was going well just shortly after the market started Wednesday.

“People are so excited to see the stone fruit back,” she said. “We’re doing real well.”

Sweet’s booth featured apricots, white and yellow peaches and cherries.

The key to the market is the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that can’t be picked up in local grocery stores, Bogdanich said.

“Pretty soon we’ll have heirloom tomatoes and different varieties of chilies, too,” she said.

The market will be open every Wednesday evening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. until Sept. 25.

• Contact Nick Rappley at 892-6187, ext. 31 or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.

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