Farmers Market Update – June 2021

by Dan Foster

While there is no set date yet, we anticipate the return of seating, tables, and entertainment to the Grand Lake Farmers Market in the near future!

New Market Participants:

Raised Roots – One-man operation farming in Livermore and in Oakland at Castlemont High School. Check him out in the center aisle across from Alexandre Family Farms and next to J & J.
Coolinaria – Oakland-based, inspired Mexican cuisine food truck has started at the market! Find them on Lake Park.
Sea to Sky Farm – Top-notch organic farm from Santa Cruz with eclectic offerings. Find them in the center aisle across from Cap’n Mikes and next to Twin Girls.

Returning Market Participants:

Aricham Artisan is back with their Moroccan pastries after an extended hiatus. You can find them in the center aisle next Lucero across from J & J.
Balakian Farms season has begun, and they’ve got a ton of organic stone fruit and some squash. Keep an eye out for their famous heirloom tomatoes , which should be in soon. Find them under the overpass next to Rodriguez and across from Marshalls Honey.
Feather River Farms is returning next Saturday. You can find Jimmy in his usual spot or just follow the sound of a loud voice that never stops talking. I wonder if watermelons have come in yet?
Bowl’d Acai is back from a long hiatus. You can find them on Lake Park. Look for additional protein options (chicken, steak) to be available with their Poke Bowl soon!

Manager’s Picks:

If you haven’t tried it (or even if you have!), treat yourself to a hot or iced charcoal vanilla latte from Red Bay Coffee (you can find them on Lake Park). It’s one of my favorite things in the whole market.
Grace Nursery is back with a gorgeous selection of orchids under the freeway overhang.
Anne’s Toum is proof positive that good things come in small packages or, in this case, a mobile cart.

Dan Foster has been a market manager with AIM since 2017 and is currently managing the Grand Lake Oakland Farmers Markets. Prior to his time with AIM, Dan spent eleven years in produce/retail management at Whole Foods Market. Dan lives in Novato with his wife and two (soon to be three) daughters. Dan studied Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In his free time, he makes music, plays games, or hoops it up in a local basketball rec league.

Contact: dan@agriculturalinstitute.org