Those attending the Farmers Market were greeted this past Wednesday with two main features, one old and one new.
The Aug. 5 edition of the Certified Farmers Market featured a cooking demonstration inside the Riverbank Community Center, while the rest of the market continued outside, in the adjacent park.
Perry and Sons, a family farming operation in Manteca since 1925, one of the largest shippers and handlers of seedless and regular watermelons, pumpkins and a variety of hard shell squash in the state provided the demonstration, including information on how to handle and prepare their food. Spokesperson Marlene Champlin also presented a series of recipes that feature their produce.
Farms all over Southern California and Arizona are part of the Perry & Sons group, closely following their farming, shipping and marketing standards.
Running concurrently outside the center, market goers mingled among a group of classic Chevrolet automobiles, and with a couple of English cars, that were restored or hot-rodded, and one later model Ferrari.
Karaoke musician Bob Hopper provided the entertainment for the evening.
Music scheduled for tonight’s market, Aug. 12, will feature Patty Castello Davis.
The Riverbank Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and is held each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community Center Park. It is scheduled to continue through Sept. 2, with vendors providing farm fresh fruits and vegetables, in addition to special activities and music.
The summer free movie schedule concluded July 29. Chamber officials said they didn’t want to be interfering with school night activities, with classes resuming for the 2015-16 school year as of Monday, Aug. 10.