The aroma of Lockeford Sausage wafted over the white tops of tents that housed hundreds of fresh fruits and vegetables as the annual Downtown Lodi Farmers Market started Thursday evening.
Oldie-but-goodie tunes from rock-and-roll legends like Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Beach Boys echoed above the bevy of voices that indicated the market was in full swing.
Families strolled with their little ones, and others called out to friends to come and have a sip of wine.
Whether locals wanted a big box of Bing cherries or a clump of carrots, the Farmers Market had a little bit of everything for everyone, including music, a bounce house and some food truck delights.
Thursday marked the 17th time the market has hit the historic Downtown area, and this year new vendors offering items including crepes and tacos spiced the market up.
New vendors this year include Lockeford Sausage, A Moveable Feast, La Bamba Taco Truck, Midtown Crepes and B&K Bodacious Burgers. Other new vendors included Henna Zenna, which provides henna tattoos, Carriage Shed, which offers homemade soaps and lotions, and Luxury Patio.
In total, 85 vendors, including farmers, will bring the market to life each week. In addition to fresh produce and other foods, visitors will find non-food vendors like Total Bettie and Stogie's Cigars.
"The market will continue to offer everything it has in the past," said Jaime Watts, director of the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership. "We have a wide range of quality vendors and also some great entertainment and theme nights planned."
More than 3,000 people were expected to attend the opening night of the Farmers Market. By 6 p.m., hundreds were already lining the streets scouring for the best apricots or the most pungent garlic.
The Farmers Market will run from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays until Sept. 27.
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