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Newsfront - May 18, 2007

Market time

Thursday evening Farmers Market opens with a song

by Jordan M. Doronila

Fresh fruit and smoking ribs are now available on Thursday late afternoons . The summer evening Farmers Market has returned to Danville for business once again.

Farmers from Northern and Central California brought fruits and vegetables to downtown Danville during its grand reopening Thursday, May 10, at Railroad Avenue and Prospect Street.

The opening included a ribbon cutting, with members from the Danville Town Council and the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce attending the event. It also had kids' Mothers Day crafts and activities, and live music performed by the band Big Dog and the Bite.

The market will operate each Thursday from 4-8 p.m. through Aug. 16, in the town parking lot near the Museum of the San Ramon Valley and Lunardi's. The Saturday market is open year round at the same place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"The community was anxious for the market to open as one of the vital elements of the Thursday night downtown Danville event schedule," said Max Timms, marketing manager with the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association.

Special events have been planned for the summer, including recycling awareness, a senior citizens night, transportation night, and the Emergency Awareness and Summer Solstice Health Fair. In addition, there are three special "Kid's Nights" for the first Thursday of each month.

The Thursday Danville Farmers' Market is a partnership between the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association, which operates the market, and the Town of Danville, the market's sponsor.

The Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association (PCFMA) is the state's largest operator of Certified Farmers' Markets, running more than 40 Certified Farmers' Markets weekly in the Bay Area. These markets offer only California-grown products, which are sold directly to consumers by the farmers that grow, nurture and harvest the crops. Visit its Web site at www.pcfma.com.

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