Farmers’ Markets in San Joaquin County offer family outings and make produce shopping fun!

 

With summer almost upon us, it’s time to set sail for the various farmers’ markets that are open from summer and early fall throughout San Joaquin County. 

Within a few miles from about any home in our county, you’ll find a family-oriented, lively farmers’ market! As an example, we spent three hours at the Lodi Thursday farmers’ market this past week, running from 5 to 8 PM on School Street in Lodi’s downtown. Shoppers had a huge choice of fresh produce, from squash, onions, brussels sprouts, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, almonds, walnuts, specialty agricultural products and more. Scores of arts and craft vendors, food purveyors and music (as well as the businesses open along School Street) made for a festive atmosphere, with something for almost everyone!

Farmers market produce has generally been picked the same day, prices are inexpensive and you help support local agriculture! Shop with an eye to good nutrition (let your kids help if you have kids) and buy produce that you can turn into healthy family meals!   We’re heading into peak farmers market season!

Here’s a list of the markets throughout San Joaquin County:

Downtown Stockton Friday Certified Farmers’ Market: Fridays, May 1- October 30, 8 am to 2 pm, on the 400 block of East Main Street (between California and Sutter Street).

Downtown Stockton Saturday Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday, year round, 5:30 am until 11:00am (or sold out) Under the cross-town freeway, between El Dorado & San Joaquin Streets Across from St. Mary’s Church (203 E Washington St, Stockton, CA 95202-3288)  

Weberstown Mall Market Locations, Stockton: Thursdays, April 2nd to November 25th 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, on the corner of Claremont  and Yokuts, and, Sundays, Year round. 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, on the corner of Claremont and Yokuts Ave., rain or shine!  

Park West Place Sunday Farmers’ Market: Every Sunday, 9:00 am until 2:00 pm, May 10th through December 27th, Park West Shopping Center, off of I-5 and Eight Mile Road in front of Lowes garden center (10342 Trinity Parkway Stockton, CA 95219)   Stone Creek Village

Tuesday Farmers’ Market in Stockton: Every Tuesday, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm , Stone Creek Village (5757 Pacific Avenue Stockton, Ca 95207) May 12- October 27

Lodi Thursday Farmers’ Market: Every Thursday starting May 21 through September 3, from 5 pm to 8:30 pm, on School Street in the heart of Lodi’s downtown.  

Lodi Sunday Farmers’ Market: May 3rd to October 25th, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Samuel D. Salas Park, 2101 South Stockton Street Lodi, CA 95240  

West Valley Mall Sunday Farmers’ Market {in Tracy): Every Sunday, 9:00 am until 2:00 pm West Valley Mall In Tracy (3200 Naglee Rd  Tracy, CA 95304)  

Tracy Saturday Farmers’ Market: Saturdays, April 4th to November 21st,  8:00 am to 1:00 pm, 10th street between B Street and Central Ave, downtown Tracy  

Lathrop Sunday Farmers’ Market: Sunday Mornings, May 3rd to October 25th, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Manuel Valverde Park, 15557 5th Street Lathrop, Ca 95391  

Manteca Certified Farmers Market: Tuesdays, 4:30 PM to 8 PM in  Library Park, 100 Manteca Ave.  

Ripon Farmers Market: Thursday, 4 PM to 7:30 PM! All in shady Stouffer Park; Bring a picnic and beat the heat!!  

Mountain House Farmers’ Market: The Mountain House Tuesday Market has been postponed until further notice.  

Grab your spouse, kids or grandkids, and plan to take in many of these varied farmers’ markets this summer!  

For additional travel destination inspiration, see my blog: http://blogs.eSanJoaquin.com/Valley travel; to contact me, tviall@msn.com.  Happy travels in the West!

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