Downtown Certified Farmers’ Market opens for season

A sure sign that it’s spring crept up on us downtown workers today. The Downtown Certified Farmers’ Market opened, near the Bob Hope Theatre, for the season.

That means my Friday evenings will be filled full of dinners with fresh fruits and vegetables until the market closes in October.

I took an early stroll before it got too crowded at the location. Lots of seasonal vegetables were ready for the buying.

Need some new plants? Or vegetables for your garden? There’s a nice selection to choose from.

And there were treats, many treats. I resisted the urge to buy a blueberry scone that seemed to be calling my name.

A couple new things I noticed this year that I hadn’t seen before (forgive me if they were there last year) was a booth selling different varieties of hummus and a local olive grower selling bottles of olive oil.

Taste testing avaliable? Yes, please.

I bought a bottle of George Cecchetti’s olive oil. It’s a nice consistency. It also has a solid, yet refreshing taste. He had bottles of lemon and orange flavors too on hand for $20. (He’ll refill it for less than that, he said.) My Italian husband will likely agree it was worth the price.

I grabbed some red potatoes and suddenly my dinner for the evening was planned. (Baked chicken topped with olive oil, red potatoes and some leftover French bread from soup earlier this week.)

I didn’t stay long, but there was live entertainment.

And already-prepared food to eat as well. That hadn’t been the case in recent years. I’m glad it’s back. It’s not exactly conducive to my diet, but I think partaking every Friday might not be so bad.

I stopped at my favorite Filipino food booth and brought back a chicken adobo plate.

The market runs every Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October 26. It’s one of many local Farmer’s Markets, including a new one that opened in the Lathrop Target parking lot on Wednesday. (I drove by, but didn’t partake, I will be in the future.)

To find a market close to you, visit the San Joaquin Certified Farmers’ Market website.

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