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14 options within easy drive of Manteca

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FARMERS MARKETS GALORE

A young customer checks out the offerings at last year’s Ripon Farmers Market.

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POSTED June 1, 2014 9:43 p.m.

California is considered the world’s Mecca when it comes to variety of fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

And when the weather turns warm, the number of opportunities to buy fresh produce, local food products such as honey, specialty almonds, and olive oils as well as to enjoy a bit of free entertainment soars along with the temperature. In a few weeks, there will be 11 farmers markets - many with entertainment components - within an easy drive of Manteca. And that is in addition to the five fresh produce stands that line the 10-mile stretch of East Highway 120 between Manteca and Escalon.

Manteca’s farmers market returns this Tuesday. It will run every Tuesday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. through the end of August at Library Park in downtown Manteca and includes entertainment.

For more information on the Manteca market, contact the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 823.7229.

Ripon’s farmers market is moving this year to Stouffer Park. It starts this Thursday and runs through July 17 and will include wine tasting. The Thursday market is from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

.And if you want a half day excursion, the market Saturday in Pleasanton may be the perfect destination. It literally livens up Pleasanton’s downtown thanks to it being one of the largest around and the fact it is within a block of restaurants with large expansive outdoor seating under stately trees as well as nearby specialty shops.

A quick rundown of the 11 farmers markets are as follows:



TUESDAY

MANTECA: The Manteca farmers market is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through the end of August.

STOCKTON: The University Park farmers market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harding Way and California Street.

WEDNESDAY

LATHROP: The Lathrop farmers market is from 4 to 8 p.m. through October in the Target parking lot at Louise Avenue and River Island Parkway.

TRACY: The Wednesday Tracy farmers market is from 4 tom 10 p.m. at 10th Street between Central and B Street through Nov. 19. The quickest way from Manteca is to take Interstate 205 to the Tracy Boulevard exit and turn left. Take Tracy Boulevard to 11th Street and then turn left. Next turn right on B Street and then take first left to 10th Street.  It should take 23 minutes to cover the 13.9 miles

THURSDAY

RIPON:  The Ripon farmers market is at Stouffer Park from 4 to 7:30 p.m. through July 17. From Manteca, take Highway 99 south to Main Street exit and turn left. Turn left after crossing the freeway onto East Main Street and travel to Stouffer Park.

MODESTO: The Modesto farmers market is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 20  alongside the Stanislaus County Library in 16th Street between H and I streets in downtown Modesto. From Manteca take Highway 99 south using Exit 226A for Central Modesto and merge (go straight) onto 5th Street. The turn left on I Street and it will take you to the market.  It should take 26 minutes to go 18 miles. It should take 13 minutes to cover the 12 miles.

LIVERMORE: The Livermore farmers market is from 4 to 8 p.m. through Oct. 16 at Carnegie Park at Third & J Streets in downtown Livermore. From Manteca take Interstate 205 which turns into Interstate 580 to Exit 52B for N. Livermore Ave. and then turn left on Livermore Avenue. Turn right on Second Street to reach the market. It should take 40 minutes to cover the 35 miles.
ESCALON: The Escalon farmers market is at the Main Street Park from 4:30 to 7 p.m. through August. Take Highway 120 east to Escalon and turn right at  the second traffic signal onto Main Street.

FRIDAY

STOCKTON: The Stockton farmers market is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on East Main Street in front of the Bob Hope Theatre and runs through Oct. 28. The quickest way from Manteca is to take Highway 99 north to the Cross-town Freeway (Highway 4 West). Take Exit 66B form Stanislaus Street and turn right. Turn left at the second cross street to reach East Main. It should take 21 minutes to go 15 miles.

SATURDAY

MODESTO: The Modesto farmers market is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Nov. 20 alongside the Stanislaus County Library in 16th Street between H and I streets in downtown Modesto. From Manteca take Highway 99 south using Exit 226A for Central Modesto and merge (go straight) onto 5th Street. The turn left on I Street and it will take you to the market.  It should take 26 minutes to go 18 miles

STOCKTON: The Stockton farmers market is from 5:30 to 11 a.m. under the Cross-town Freeway between El Dorado and San Joaquin streets across from St, Mary’s Catholic Church and is open year round. The quickest way from Manteca is to take Highway 99 north to the Cross-town Freeway (Highway 4 West). Take Exit 66B form Stanislaus Street but go straight and merge into Washington Street. The destination is on your right. Turn left at the second cross street to reach East Main. It should take 20minutes to go 14 miles.

PLEASANTON: The Pleasanton farmers market is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Main and W. Angela Street in downtown Pleasanton year round. From Manteca take Interstate 205 which turns into Interstate 580 to Exit 47 for Tassajara Road toward Santa Rita Road. Turn left onto Tassajara Road and continue onto Santa Rita Road which turns into Main Street. Then turn left onto W. Angela Road. It should take 48 minutes to go 42 miles.

SUNDAY

TRACY: The Sunday Tracy farmers market is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Valley Mall  through the end of October. The quickest way from Manteca is to take Interstate 205 to the Naglee Road exit and turn right.

LIVERMORE: The Livermore farmers market is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at  the Historic Train Deport at Railroad Avenue and L Street in downtown Livermore is open year round. From Manteca take Interstate 205 which turns into Interstate 580 to Springtown Boulevard/First Street and keep left at the fork and follow signs for First Street/Downtown Livermore Avenue. Turn right on First Street and then right on Railroad Avenue to reach the market. It should take 40 minutes to cover the 35 miles.

STOCKTON: The Park West Place farmers market is open every Sunday through Dec. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pak West Shopping Center. From Manteca take the 120 Bypass and head north on Interstate 5 to the Eight Mile Road exit. Turn left and travel to Trinity Parkway where you will turn left. The market is in front of the Lowe’s garden center.

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