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Farmers Market Fun Touches Down On Wednesdays
Heather Crooker of Oakdale was among the vendors setting up shop for the Oakdale Farmers Market last year, with her E & H Farms mushrooms. The market opens its summer run this year on May 5. Brooke Chau/The Leader

The Oakdale Farmers Market is a summer staple in the community during Wednesday nights. The Oakdale Farmers Market takes place on North Third Avenue every Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the months of May through September. Traffic on North Third is shut down between F and D streets to accommodate vendors and shoppers. Despite COVID-19, the vendors are still working hard selling their products and services to the community.

E & H Farms is an organic gourmet mushroom business located in Oakdale owned by Jason and Jeremy Ellis for six years. E & H Farms has participated in the Oakdale Farmers Market for three years now. Employee of E & H Farms, Heather Crooker, was out at the market on a recent Wednesday evening.

“The first year at the farmers market was slow. But now we have our regulars who can educate anyone on mushrooms,” laughed Crooker.

E & H Farms participates in 10 Bay area farmers markets as well, but loves to keep it local on Wednesday nights. For more information on E & H Farms’ mushrooms you can reach them at or at 10031 Pioneer Ave. in Oakdale.

A new vendor at the Oakdale Farmers Market that has already built a popular name for itself, is California Gold Olive Oil Company owned by locals Kevin and Neis Tazelaar. The California Gold Olive Oil Company is a family run, cold pressed, unfiltered extra virgin olive oil business. This is their first year participating in the local downtown weekly farmers market and they already have some best sellers which are the garlic and lemon flavored olive oils.

The olives are grown on the Tazelaar’s property in Oakdale as well as almonds and walnuts. California Gold Olive Oil Company also sells their products on their website

While these are just a couple of vendors, there are also a wide varsity of fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, pastries, cheeses, merchandise from lip balm to Tupperware and more. Food is also typically available from a few different booths, along with the popular kettlecorn, hummus, cool treats and other selections, depending on the week. Some local businesses have information booths set up and often there is live entertainment as well.

For vendor and sponsor information regarding the Oakdale Farmers Market call (209) 403-5043 or find them on Facebook at Oakdale Farmers Market.

Owner, Nies Tazelaar of Oakdale, alongside her daughter Tina, are promoting their olive oil business for the first time this year at the weekly Wednesday night Oakdale Farmers Market. Brooke Chau/The Leader