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Farmers markets offer bounty to us all

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From page A8 | May 05, 2013 |

Farmers market season opened this week with a degree of pomp.

Mayor Harry Price, accompanied by some children, cut a ceremonial ribbon Thursday to mark the start of Fairfield’s farmers market.

The pomp is warranted.

Solano County growers and ranchers produced a whopping $291.7 million in combined crop and livestock value in 2011, the most recent year for which information is readily available.

Samples of that bounty can be found at the various farmers markets across the county, and at the roadside fruit and vegetable stands that open for business each spring.

That season is upon us.

Fairfield’s farmers market takes place on the green at the corner of Texas and Jefferson streets. The last Fairfield market of the season is Oct. 3. Vacaville’s farmers market opened Saturday on Main Street between Parker and Dobbins streets. It runs through Oct. 12.

Both markets are certified, which means they meet the requirements of the Pacific Coast Farmers Market Association. The association sanctions 68 farmers markets in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Consider it a stamp of approval that you’ll see only the best produce at these farmers markets.

Summer will see the launch of this season’s Green Valley farmers market, which takes place the first Saturday of the month, July through October, on Green Valley Road at Vintage Lane.

Farmers markets also set up shop in Benicia, Vallejo and Dixon, as well as just across the Sacramento River from Rio Vista.

The season is upon us and the pickings are ripe. So get out there and get it while the getting’s good.

You won’t be disappointed.

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