Issue 16pulseUncategorized

Countywide Farmers Markets

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 11.51.01 AMBY ALEX CANTATORE

The heart of the world’s most productive agricultural region.

No, it’s not Christmas. But if you ask a local foodie, you might hear that Farmers’ Market Season is actually the most wonderful time of the year.

Across Stanislaus County, in the heart of the world’s most productive agricultural region, a slew of farmers markets begin to hit their peak in late spring and early summer. New varieties of fruit come into season every week, with unrivaled freshness at every stand. It’s easy to taste the difference with fresh-picked fruit, at the peak of its flavor.

Though the delicious local fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and snacks remain the same as you remember, a few local markets are making some changes this season.

The Turlock Certified Farmers Market has moved from Fridays to Saturdays, much to the delight of working Turlockers. The market has also moved locations, from Broadway to Main Street, right in the heart of Downtown Turlock.

The changes are subtler at the other local markets, where new vendors have moved in as most markets have grown.

Despite the drought, there’s still a bounty available at these local markets. On opening day, April 1, the Modesto Certified Farmers Market offered a wide range of vegetables, from bok choy to kale, beets, leeks, and radishes. Craftsman also offered their prepared food products, like jams, roasted nuts, pickles, and breads, and miniature kitchens sold everything from lumpia to coffee and burgers.

In high season, there will be no better place in the world to find peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, and cherries – the drupes for which the Central Valley is famous.

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