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Market Draws More Vendors And Buyers
Riverbank Farmer's Market on Saturday morning showed a distinct improvement both in the number of vendors and buyers.

Soria's Produce, Escalon Berry Farm and Riverbank Community Gardens Association, of course, had their stalls up again. Soria's sells a variety of vegetables and fruit bought from Bava Farms. The berry farm was promoting Wye berries that look like blackberries but taste like a combination of blackberry and raspberry.

But there were also several newcomers in the shape of Sarah's Little Farm of Modesto selling honey, Michelle's Golden Brown Bread of Manteca selling flavored bread, Smith Brothers of Oakdale dispensing olive oil and squash, Sun Blest Orchards of Patterson offering apricots, apricot jelly and apple butter, V.M. Berry Farm of Hollister displaying strawberries, blackberries and raspberries and Delta's Garden of Modesto selling onions and garlic.

Community Gardens Association leader Dotty Nygard said she hopes to have "Anne of Green Gardens" (a television gardening expert) give a presentation on container gardening or "garden in a pot" at the next market on July 9. There will also be musical entertainment.

For the hungry, Carnivores BBQ of Denair set up a stall to sell barbecued sandwiches, tri tip sandwiches, chili dogs and nachos. They hope to be back next Saturday. A stall selling Salvadorean Purpusa delicacies has been there for several weeks in a row as well.

Apart from the produce stalls, Riverbank Police were offering Fourth of July flags plus decorations for bicycles and holding a drawing to win bicycle helmets. Firefighters of the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District were also there displaying a river rescue boat on its trailer.