Every Thursday from 4:00pm to 9:00pm the Lodi Chamber of Commerce hosts the Downtown Farmers Market. The market is quite large, spanning 4 city blocks. Local farmers bring out their finest fruits and vegetables along with street vendors, food trucks, and live music. Joy and I love attending Farmers Market because there are thousands of people who attend, lots of food, drinks, family, and friends. Oh, yah...and we buy some fruits and vegetables on occasion.
We started this Thursday's Farmers market by meandering down the middle of brick paved School St. checking out the local vendors. Since the temperature was topping 100 degrees outside we decided to stop at one of Downtown's newest tasting rooms, Scotto's Wine & Cider. Inside you will find a warm friendly environment with a huge chalk wall, exposed brick and rustic wood accents. We were greeted by our long time friend Janice, who knows almost everyone in town. Janice is quite the social butterfly. Wanting something cold we ordered a "blueberry zin" cider. It was cold and refreshing but not too sweet served in a cute little mason jar. The cool thing about Scotto's is the collapsing front window/door which opens up to bring the outside inside. We sat and socialized with several people we knew until finishing our cider.
We braved the heat once again and began walking down School St. when we received a text from a friend at the Lodi Chamber of Commerce who asked us to stop by. Since we were only a few hundred yard from the chamber we stopped by. After visiting for about 30 minutes we all decided to get a bite to eat at Dancing Fox. A short walk down School St. and we were at Dancing Fox where we ran into the Mayor and his wife. We found a table on the patio covered by wisteria and were joined by Mayer Doug Kuehne and his wife Robbie. We shared a bottle of the old vine zinfandel. We ordered a chicken salad...proving red wine can pair well with salad. We sat socializing and people watching until the end of the market.