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Farmers market back downtown on Maple
Farmers Market
A vendor at last Tuesday’s farmers market conducted on Maple Avenue

Bulletin staff report

The Tuesday farmers market is back in downtown Manteca through the end of August.

The weekly event from 5 to 8 p.m. is taking place on Maple Avenue where the main Manteca Post Office is located.

Maple Avenue is where the original farmers market was conducted nearly 20 years ago when it was organized by the now defunct Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was shifted to Library Park after two years to see more shade and upgraded ambiance.

Since then, however, the major upgrades of the downtown streetscape took place in 2003 creating not just shade but also set the stage that has turned the 100 block of North Maple Avenue into a successful retail corridor complete with a plaza.

The farmers market in recent years has had attendees and vendors that were uncomfortable with homeless that often gather in a portion of the park. The move to Orchard Valley next to AMC Showplace Theatres was designed to address that issue but a number of people wanted the market back in downtown. That led to the decision to go back to the market’s roots on Maple Avenue.

Among those that will be selling produce at the market this Tuesday are DePalma Farms, Delfa Farms, CM Strawberry Farms, and Fresno Asian and American Produce. Other vendors include the Fagundes Food Truck, Rock Pizza Oven as well as those offering humus, cheese, brittle, olive oil, fish, ice cream and more.