The energy was high at the opening day of the Farmers’ Market in Jackson on Sunday, May 22. Hundreds of customers who had been anxiously awaiting the return of the market showed up to be pleasantly surprised by the variety of products to choose from. The lovely weather was also a pleasant surprise for vendors and customers alike. Customers enjoyed the music of Harry Jordan, who was in fine form. The market opened in style with the presence of Shenandoah Valley winery Vino Noceto and Roseville writer Richard Calhoun. Mr. Calhoun was on hand to discuss and sign copies of his book California Olives, Olive Oils, and Vinegars, and he generously donated a portion of the proceeds of sales of his book to the Farmers’ Market. Jim Gullett of Vino Noceto introduced customers to his wines, pouring tastes of the refreshing Pinot Grigio, the trademark Sangiovese and OGP Zinfandel, and the wildly popular Frivolo.
Dewey Turner and Zella Redus of Five Brothers Farm hosted an arts and crafts table for children, offering coloring pages and ceramic tiles for painting. Children who missed this event on opening day will get another chance, as the couple will be offering these and other activities at the Jackson and Pine Grove markets throughout the season.
The Jackson market is open from 10 am to 1 pm on Sundays in the Busi Municipal parking lot, next to Mel and Faye’s Diner.
The Sutter Creek market will be opening on Saturday, June 11 with an Artists’ Day. Several local artists will be showing their work and painting scenes of the market on site. To add to the festivities, there will be tasting of local sparkling wines. The Sutter Creek market runs from 8 am to 11 am on Saturdays in the Eureka Street parking lot.
“Kids are Our Future Day” will be the kickoff for the Pine Grove market on Wednesday, June 15. This event will include ceramic tile painting, seed planting, seed identification, story telling, and coloring. The Pine Grove market is Wednesdays from 3 pm to 6 pm in the Pine Grove Community Park.
The Amador Farmers’ Market is operating this year in part due to a generous donation from the Amador Community Fund, which will cover the additional management fees of the new assistant manager, Vicki Bray. The Market is grateful for the support of the ACF.
For more information about these and other events at the markets, please go to www.amadorfarmersmarket.com, or call the market manager at 419-2503.