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REAL FARM FRESH

Alissa Vickers of Nature’s Country Corner restocks displays. The produce stand is located east of Manteca and north of Ripon at East Highway 120 and Jack Tone Road.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED August 12, 2013 1:29 a.m.

One of the advantages of living in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop is access to fresh produce,

The three communities are part of the fertile San Joaquin Valley that’s considered the most bountiful agricultural region on earth.

And even as farmers markets in Ripon and Manteca are preparing to wind down by month’s end, there are still farmers markets that will continue with one market in Stockton going year round. And if you don’t like the idea of waiting for a specific day, the 10-mile stretch along East Highway 120 between Manteca and Escalon offers no less than five produce stands highlighting locally grown crops.

Among the area’s farmers’ markets are:

TUESDAY

MANTECA: The Manteca farmers market is from 4:30 to 8 p.m. through the end of August at Library Park in downtown Manteca. Take Highway 99 west on Yosemite Avenue.



WEDNESDAY

STOCKTON: The Downtown 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 the end of October. Take Highway 99 north to the Cross-town Freeway (Highway 4 West). Take Exit 66B from Stanislaus Street and turn right. Turn left at the second cross street to reach East Main.



THURSDAY

RIPON:  The Ripon farmers market is from 4 to 7 p.m. through the end of August. Take Highway 99 south to the Jack Tone Road exit and turn right. Travel to Main Street and turn left. The market is at Stockton and Main Street.

OAKDALE: The Oakdale farmers market is from 5 to 8 p.m. through the end of August on Third Avenue between E and F streets.

MODESTO: The Modesto farmers market is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. alongside the Stanislaus County Library on 16th Street between H and I streets in downtown Modesto. 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.  Then market runs through mid-November



FRIDAY

TURLOCK: The Turlock farmers market is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the end of October on Broadway between Olive Avenue and A Street in downtown Turlock. Take Highway 99 to Main Street and head east.



SATURDAY

MODESTO: The Modesto farmers market is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. alongside the Stanislaus County Library on 16th Street between H and I streets in downtown Modesto. Take Highway 99 south using Exit 226A for Central Modesto and merge (go straight) onto 5th Street. Then turn left on I Street and it will take you to the market. The market runs through mid-December.

STOCKTON: The Stockton Certified 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. Take Highway 99 north to the Cross-town Freeway (Highway 4 West). Take Exit 66B from Stanislaus Street but go straight and merge onto Washington Street. The destination is on your right. Turn left at the second cross street to reach East Main. This is a year-round market.

TRACY: The Tracy farmers market is from 8 to 11 a.m. on 10th Street between A Street and Central Avenue. Take Interstate 5 to the next exit northbound after Interstate 205 and take 11th Street to East Street where you will turn left and then take the second left to 10th Street. The market is open through the end of October.



SUNDAY

STOCKTON: The Stockton Certified Market at Park West Shopping Center, Interstate 5 and Eight Mile Road across from Lowe’s, is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It is open through the end of December.

TRACY: The West Valley Mall farmers market is from 8 to 11 a.m. at the West Valley Mall entrance on Naglee Road off Interstate 205 through the end of October.

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