Sneaking in this month’s edition of the downtown Farmer’s Market just before the heat wave arrived on Friday, the turnout for the Thursday, June 9 event in Escalon was another good one.
The Chamber of Commerce is hosting the markets, one a month, for the summer and kicked it off in May. The June event was well attended, with some booths added to expand the offerings, and the July market is scheduled for July 14.
From there, the Chamber is looking at a couple of special downtown events, with a harvest-themed gathering in October and the festive Christmas on Main also in the works for December.
There was live music, food, beverages and a popular shaved ice booth, though a cooling breeze made the late afternoon-early evening market a pleasant place to visit.
“We’re back,” market attendee Andrea Ainsworth said of herself and her family, which made it out to the first market of the season on May 12 and enjoyed it, making a point to come back this month.
Valley Home resident Onan Rice had a booth featuring goat milk soaps, handcrafted by his wife.
“She’s a nurse and she got called in to work,” he explained. “She asked me, ‘can you do this?’ so here I am.”
He said the soaps would probably have been more artfully arranged if his wife had been able to attend, but said he expects she will be there in July.
“Next month we’ll have more varieties,” Rice added. “She has some curing right now.”
Items available at the Vault and Terra booth were handmade and unique, everything from cutting boards to key chains.
Elsewhere in the Main Street Park, Ansally Stuyt of Stuyt Dairy in Escalon had several varieties of cheese and other products to sample and purchase and other booths offered flowers, skin care products, fresh vegetables, fruits and more. Face painting, tacos, and the popular ‘Suds and Floats’ booths were back as well.
Several people took advantage of the hay bales set up in front of the Main Street Park stage, sitting down to enjoy the live music while they enjoyed some food and beverages.