Get your reusable bags, baskets and dancing shoes ready. Friday Night Farmers Market returns to Old Town Clovis next week, May 13, and continues through Sept. 30.
From 5:30 to 9 p.m. every Friday, about 30 local growers will sell a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables on Pollasky Avenue between 3rd and 5th streets in the heart of Old Town Clovis.
But the weekly event isn’t purely a place for produce.
Live concerts will entertain dancing crowds at the corner of 4th Street and Pollasky Avenue. Pamela Henri and the Big Boss Band will kick off the season on May 13, said farmers market manager Kirsty Wimbish.
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Children are invited to jump in bounce houses and take a ride down the inflatable slide in the kids zone on 4th street.
Nearby, dinner is served by six food vendors: Yosemite Concessions, Salsa’s Restaurant, Bobby Salazar’s, Bowlzeye, Lumpia Hut and Mattie’s Pizza.
About 30 for-profit craft vendors and businesses will sell their wares, as well.
Specialty food vendors will also return for the season, including favorites like Baba’s Foods, Glacier Bay Shave Ice, Good Time Kettle Korn, Sanchez Corn, Raw Fresno, Smokehouse Wood Barbecue Sauce and Scoop, Soups & More.
Those with a sweet tooth can visit Sweet Izzy’s, Renegade Snacks, Butternut Bakery and Aunt B’s Toffee. Guests craving caffeine can stop by Amber Avenue Coffee Roasters.
Friday Night Farmers Market supports the NOSH program, a partnership between the Business Organization of Old Town Clovis (B.O.O.T.) and six Clovis food pantries run by local churches, Wimbish said.
“It’s our buy one, give one program,” she explained. “The idea is that customers can — at all of the farmers’ booths — buy two bunches of grapes (or any produce item), keep one and donate one to the NOSH program.
The donated fruits and veggies will be given to the local pantries for those in need of food.
“A majority of the donations are from the farmers themselves at the end of the night,” Wimbish said.
In addition to the seasonal Friday evening market, year-round Saturday Morning Farmers Market will continue weekly from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at Bullard and Pollasky avenues.