The Wednesday Farmers Market in San Ramon is back for its second season and has grown to feature about 25 vendors each week from 4 to 8 p.m. at the San Ramon Sports Park, 5261 Sherwood Way off East Branch Parkway.

Opening a full two months earlier than last year, the market is bursting with fresh produce and delicious ingredients from local Asian growers in addition to hot prepared foods and other artisan foods.

Returning vendors include market favorite Nyia Yi Farms, of Fresno which grows more than 150 varieties of Asian vegetable and herbs without the use of pesticides or herbicides. You'll find okra, bitter lemon, Chinese long beams, sinqua, moqua, meethi leaves, red cane sugar, Japanese/Chinese eggplant and more throughout the season.

Also the regular list of growers are Calvillo Organics, Smit Orchards, Steve's Bees, Medina Berry Farms, Ortiz Farm, Diaz Farms, Resendiz Farms and Asian grower Pa Vang from Fresno.

Blue Oven Pizza and their wood-fired pizza and Indian Tandoor barbecue from Shandy's Catering join other vendors who are dishing up hot prepared food including Ofa's Island Barbecue, Budda Bing's mini doughnuts, Green Lantern Catering and Sabores Del Sur.

Don't forget to stop by for a tasty treat from Cobblestone Bakery, Danville Old Town Bakery, Hummus Heaven, Kettle Pop and Heidi's Pies.

Positive comments from a market survey of nearby residents and schools supported the return of the Wednesday Farmers Market, according to Kim Hickey, market director. The market will be open through Sept. 24.


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The year-round Saturday market continues at 2680 Bishop Drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Thursday market is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2641 Camino Ramon.

APPLY SOON: The deadline to apply for scholarships offered by the Dublin/San Ramon Women's Club is fast approaching. Graduating high school seniors attending school or living in Dublin or San Ramon are eligible to apply by April 25. Visit www.dsrwomensclub.org for an application and explanation of criteria.

rOBIN hOOD SHOW: It's not too late to catch a performance of the San Ramon Community Theater's production of "Long Live Robin Hood" at the Front Row Theater this weekend. Shows are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Directed by Kai Aikawa, the show retells the legend in Sherwood Forest with the help of audience participation, daring sword fights and dramatic rescues. The all-star community cast includes Andrew O'Mahony as Robin Hood, Ariel McIntyre as Maid Marian, Christopher Riley Larson as Much, Jeff Rackmil as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Lisa Barber as Prince John, Makena Mueller as Will, Nick Vitalis as Friar Tuck, Rene Saroukhanoff as Little John and the ensemble of Joanna Moore and Dillon Aurelio-Perata.

The Front Row Theater is located at 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road. Tickets can be purchased online at www.sanramonperformingarts.com by calling 925-973-3343. Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for children and seniors. Matinee tickets are $11 for all ages.

FLOCK FLEECING: Sheep shearing day at San Ramon's Forest Home Farms Historic Park is April 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come out and enjoy the 16-acre farm and help raise monies to restore The Ole 1850s Barn, one of the oldest structures in San Ramon.

Tickets purchased before April 20 at www.SRHF.org are $5 for adults and $3 for children 3 through 12. Children younger than 3 get in free. Tickets are $3 for San Ramon Historic Foundation members. Tickets bought after April 20 and at the gate are $7 for adults, $5 for children 3 through 12 and $5 for Foundation members.

There will be lots of activities and entertainment including the East Bay Banjo Club, maypole, walnut game, bubble string, vintage games and kids crafts, tractor rides, spinners, wood carvers and farm tours. The Gift Shoppe and food booths featuring hot dogs, vitality bowls and kettle korn will also be open.

Contact Monica Lander at landerfamily@comcast.net.