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Farmers market returns today to downtown
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The downtown farmers market is starting its 2017 season under a new name, Central Park Market Turlock, and at a different day and time. The market plans to run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays starting May 4 at Central Park. - photo by Journal file photo

The weather is just what Mary Mueller would have ordered for today’s launch of a new version of the downtown Manteca certified farmer’s market.

With the high expected to top out at 74 degrees Manteca Avenue will be lined with stately sycamore trees to serve as the setting for the market from 4 to 7:30 p.m. today and then every subsequent Tuesday through the end of August.

Manteca Avenue that is bordered by Library Park and Old City Hall between Center Street and Yosemite Avenue will be lined with 30 vendors in addition to three farm produce booths — Delfa Farms out of Escalon, DePalma Farms out of Ripon and newcomer King Organic Farms out of Bakersfield that will have three booth spaces. Other certified farmers will be joining as the season progresses and they have crops ready to pick.

Students of GK Music Studio will be providing entertainment in addition to a beer and wine garden and food options. Those at the market will be:

Food vendors: Pupusas, The Lemon Box Lemonade Trailer, Kettlecorn/Lumpia, The Rock Pizza Oven, Taco Fiesta, and Fagundes Meats

Crafters: Starchild’s Treasures, Holly’s Kitchen Dog Treats, YM Finds, NoKoOi, Creativity by 

Vendors: Mary Kay, Paparazzi, Signature Homestyles, Lularoe, Color Street, Tupperware Ruth, and Loved Skin Beauty

Specialty booths: Olive Drop Olive Oil, Thirsty-Bear Coffee, Hummus Heaven, Alison’s Brittle, Rosas Bakery, Dutch Roots Farms Flowers, Master Gardeners of San Joaquin, and Honey.

White Crane Winery will handle the wine and brew offerings.