One of every small farm community’s favorite activities is a farmer’s market.
And Gridley is no different.
Every Tuesday night from 5-7:30 p.m. at the newly renovated Daddow Park, local farmers have the chance to sell their product, make new friends, and get their name out in the community.
A recent warm summer Tuesday night was a prime example of that. Farmers and other vendors started arriving just after 4 p.m., and by 5 p.m. the park was full and buzzing with activity.
Lynne Spencer, President of the Gridley Area Chamber of Commerce said the farmer’s market gets more important by the week.
A lot of people put in a lot of work during the summer to make the event happen, Spencer said. That includes a number of volunteers, some from Gridley High School and other schools in the area.
“It’s one of the things that make Gridley such a great community,” Spencer said as she helped check in vendors and farmers for the weekly event.
Some of the farmers are regulars, coming every week.
And there are always new folks just trying it out for the first time.
That was the case on this recent warm summer night as Richvale Natural Foods was on hand to show off its variety of California rice.
Randall Mattson, one of the company’s owners, said it was nice to find one more way to get the company’s products out there in the community.
“We’re talking about rice, and we’re making some sales and meeting new people,” Mattson said. “We’ll be back.”
The Farmer’s Market in Gridley runs through August 15.
Next Tuesday's entertainment will be Bluegrass music by the Johnson Grass Band.