The second week of the Farmers Market season in Riverbank saw karaoke music, a few classic cars and the first of what is scheduled to be nine movie nights this summer.
As always, there were fresh fruits and vegetables as well as a variety of vendors setting up shop for the June 3 event.
Special feature for the Wednesday, June 10 market will be the Senior Coupon Night. Through this Stanislaus County program, senior citizens can get their booklets of coupons, good at Certified Farmers Markets throughout the region to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, honey or edible herbs.
The Area Agency on Aging has received this year’s coupon booklets and will distribute them to seniors 60 and older that live in Stanislaus County and have a limited income. Eligibility requirements are $1,800 per month or less for an individual or less than $2,426 per month for a household of two.
One booklet per eligible senior will be given out this year, on a first come first served basis. Each booklet contains a total of $20 in coupons, 10 of them worth $2 each. They are available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last and will be available tonight, June 10, at the Riverbank Farmers Market.
For more information on the program, call the Senior Information Line at (209) 558-8698.
At the June 3 market, attendees had the chance to enjoy the first of the summer movies. Just before sundown, the Pixar animated film The Incredibles lit up the side wall of the Riverbank Community Center, next to the park where the markets are held.
Showing the film was not without difficulties, however, with the overcast skies adding to the cool, blustery winds that increased in the area as darkness fell. Some waiting for the movie sat in coats and blankets to keep them warmer.
Earlier, the fruits, vegetables, nuts, crafts, prepared foods and other vendor booths served shoppers with their wares, and Music Man Bob Hopper, a karaoke singer, performed classic songs.
Musical entertainment for June 10 will be the Fun Strummers Ukulele Band performing their music. Tonight’s film will be Up, with Transformers set for next week, June 17.
The Riverbank Certified Farmers Market is held on Wednesdays through the summer, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Community Center Park, across from Cardozo Middle School on Santa Fe Street. It is sponsored by the Riverbank Chamber of Commerce.
News editor Marg Jackson contributed to this report.