RIPON — The Ripon Farmers Market was in full bloom on Thursday.
Locals and visitors alike made their annual visit to Studio Joy, home of the once-a-week event benefitting the nonprofit community garden at 929 W. Main St., picking up anything from fresh locally grown or organic produce and other goods, to dinner or snacks from one of several food vendors.
The Ripon Farmers Market also features live music.
Even a guest craft beer producer was on hand for what's been grown to known as “Thirsty Thursdays” by organizers.
All told, about 30 vendors and an estimated 200 folks have been regulars for the return of this summertime family-friendly gathering.
The Ripon Farmers Market was on hiatus of sort last year due COVID-19.
“We’re back with 100 percent proceeds going to Garden Joy,” said president and founder Sarah Darpinian.
Founded in 2016, Garden Joy was built to cultivate wellness and community via hands-on garden program.
Local youngsters, in particular, benefit from this program by learning how to garden, including planting and harvesting produce, in turn, donating what's grown here to local food pantries.
According to Darpinian, Garden Joy offers a children's education program on the third Saturday of each month.
The Ripon Farmers Market will continue operating each Thursday beginning at 5 p.m. through early fall.
For more information, call 209.818.7177 or log on to www.GardenJoyCA.com.