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Galt Parks and Recreation employee Ashley Holbrook and Special Event Coordinator Jackie Garcia man the information booth at the inaugural Friday Farmers Market on Friday, June 5 in Old Town.

More than 100 residents ventured outside of their homes last Friday, June 5, for the first official public event since the March Sacramento County public health order telling residents to stay at home to help flatten the coronavirus curve. The event was held on the Fourth Street Promenade in Old Town.

The Galt Parks and Recreation Department planned the Friday Farmers Market “to help revitalize our downtown area, encourage local business to take advantage of the influx of visitors, stimulate the local economy and boost social interactions within the community,” according to Special Event Coordinator Jackie Garcia.

Various produce vendors were joined by flower vendors and food merchants at the now weekly event.

Some attendees donned masks, and most were respectful of each other’s personal space.

Many fellow residents warmly greeted each other and appeared delighted to be out and about.

“It was so good to feel like there was life back in town,” Galt resident Cheryl Mitchel said. “I feel like there hasn’t been anything going on in town besides Facebook posts. I’m glad the city stepped up and did this for our town.”

Yasmine Chavez also enjoyed her time outside with friends.

“It was so much fun,” Chavez said as she carried bags of produce, a bouquet of flowers and to-go boxes of barbecue dinners from the local vendors. “I can’t wait until next week, I may even bring the kids out. I’ll think about bringing my husband.”

The Friday Farmers Market will take place each Friday from 5-9 p.m. through Sept. 25.

Garcia said that future markets would see a variety of new food, farmers and artisan vendors.

Garcia is also looking for local entertainment that may want to participate.

“We are calling out to local entertainment to provide an array of sounds for customers to enjoy while shopping,” Garcia said. “We are looking forward to the great things to come at the Friday Night Farmers Market.”

Parks and Rec would like to thank those involved with helping to make this inaugural event a success.

“We would like to thank San Joaquin Certified Farmers Market for their willingness to partner with the Galt Market and city of Galt,” Garcia said. “Also, thanks to our vendors and community for making this first Friday Farmers Market a success.”