Valley merchants gather for Farmers Market
by Erick Torres
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Patterson residents peruse the local merchants for fresh produce and goods on a cool summer evening in the parking lot of True Value Hardware on Wednesday, June 11.
Patterson residents peruse the local merchants for fresh produce and goods on a cool summer evening in the parking lot of True Value Hardware on Wednesday, June 11.
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The popular food truck Doc’s Q’in Pit Stop serves local residents original barbecue recipes.--photo by Erick Torres/Patterson Irrigator
The popular food truck Doc’s Q’in Pit Stop serves local residents original barbecue recipes.--photo by Erick Torres/Patterson Irrigator
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Husbands and wives, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters and many other local growers and farmers came from across the Central Valley to join in on the weekly Farmers Market featured every Wednesday in Patterson.

Products such as kettle corn, doughnuts, barbecue 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. Potential customers can also find various fruits to suit all their summer needs with peaches, strawberries, nectarines, blueberries, and apricots galore— all locally grown and harvested.

The Farmers Market runs from 4 to 8 p.m. and will continue until October at 1040 West Las Palmas Ave.

The local Farmers Market is organized by Patterson residents Marion and Caroline Bogdanich, whose family has been in Patterson since 1963. After noticing a lack of essentials on the West Side, the couple decided to host their very own Farmers Market throughout the summer solstice for the last few years. The result—healthy family fun.

“We decided that Patterson deserved a Farmers Market so residents didn’t have to travel to Modesto or Turlock to buy fresh local produce,” said Caroline Bogdanich. “We try to provide fruits that aren’t available, and also we try to invite as many local growers and vendors.”

The Bogdanichs also participate in the summer activities by selling their own locally grown and processed goods, including a variety of local honey.

According to Caroline Bogdanich, however, the Farmers Market wouldn’t be made possible without the help of sponsor Fred Nichandros, owner of the Patterson True Value Hardware store.

Nichandros helped the Farmers Market come to fruition by advertising and making space available in the company’s parking lot.

As if all the lovely fresh fruits and popcorn isn’t enough to fill one’s desires, the roaming barbecue merchant Derrick and Janya Taylor often show up with their food truck named Doc’s Q’in Pit Stop. The incredibly popular barbecue merchant draws Patterson residents to the market just for Doc’s food.

The Taylors have been in the food business together for over 12 years, and have been a mainstay at the Farmers Market since its inception five years ago. Doc’s Q’in Pit Stop features original recipes and sauces to local residents, and has been a weekly attraction that draws residents searching for the black food truck.

With freshly prepared sauces, including his humorously named “hella hot” sauce, Doc’s Q’in Pit Stop provides award winning ribs, tri-tip, chicken, and pulled pork barbecue to the Patterson community.

To encourage a friendly atmosphere, the Bogdanichs often try to invite musicians to add flair and energy to the evening’s mood.

The evening of June 11 featured the musical act of Rich C. Olds. Olds, a Santa Cruz native who now resides in Oakdale, can be found making stops throughout the valley, performing musical acts that feature a wide variety of country and classic rock.

As local residents are shopping from tent to tent, and the music flows in the air providing a milieu for shoppers, visitors can enjoy a summer evening in the valley as the sun dips away. Should any local residents feel the need for some fruits sown right here in the rich valley soil, then feel free to come out and spend Wednesday evening’s watching the sun melt behind the soft hills, and enjoy some kettle corn, fruits, music, and barbecue along the way.

Contact Erick Torres at 892-6187, ext. 28, or erick@pattersonirrigator.com.
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