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Certified Farmers Market Starts Thursday

POSTED June 6, 2012 12:09 a.m.

The City of Oakdale Certified Farmers Market begins Thursday, June 7 and will run weekly through Aug. 30. The Farmers Market will be from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings at North Third Avenue and has been expanded this year to run between D and F streets.

Nancy Smith of the Oakdale Parks and Recreation Department said that there has been an interest of local farmers, bringing in five new farmers to this year’s market for a total of 14 to the weekly event.

A variety of seasonal fruits, nuts and vegetables, along with food vendors, baked goods, and entertainment will line North Third Avenue. Because of the expansion, there has also been an addition of food booths with some new vendors now offering pizza and roasted corn for this year.

Each week there will be different styles of live music on each end of the farmer’s market.

“I’m excited about this year’s market,” said Smith. “We’ll be having someone with fresh cut flowers and even a farmer specializing in Asian vegetables.”

Visitors to the weekly market have the chance to purchase some of the freshest fruits and vegetables around, some coming in from the fields shortly before heading to retail facilities.

A “certified” farmers market means the county agriculture department inspects the farms for quality and that the produce is grown in the area.

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