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Rio Vista Farmers’ Market returns for third season with a special guest for the kids!

A festive Grand Opening celebration of the downtown Rio Vista Certified Farmers’ Market is slated! Scheduled to appear on Saturday May 14th is the children’s entertainer that can routinely be found at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, Kenny the Clown! He’s the most decorated Triple Crown Winner in the history of clowning. He’s the reigning “Most Balloons Made” and “Fire Torches Juggled” Champion. Kenny also performs magic tricks and rides a unicycle. Check him out online at

Performing music is the one-man band from Pittsburg who will be on hand for Opening Day, Muzeke.  He became a regular at the Rio Vista Farmers’ Market in 2015 and a skilled musician who plays a wide variety of instruments and runs the gamut of musical stylings!

The 2016 Rio Vista Certified Farmers’ will be featuring an outstanding selection of new and returning vendors that will excite the farmers’ market faithful! New produce vendors include Esquivel Organic Vegetables (Gilroy), Thao’s Family Farm (Sacramento) will provide delicious Asian veggies, J&J Ramos (Hughson) will make available stone fruit including peaches, nectarines and cherries as well as delectable walnuts and almonds. Alpine Blue (Stockton) will offer luscious blueberries, blackberries, cherries and apricots. V&V Farms (Lodi) will bring their distinct, exceptional assortment of apples and cherries!

Also joining the Rio Vista Farmers’ Market is Bonami Baking Company (Pittsburg), offering baguette style loaves, sliced breads, Danishes, scones, croissants, muffins and much more.  Bonami supplies baked goods to the San Francisco International Airport, Cache Creek Casino and the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.  Please welcome them to our farmers’ market!

Looking for a delicious lunch to enjoy while shopping the market?  Look no further than Farmers’ Market Bistro (Waterford).  They offer handmade tamales, salsa and chips as well as flavorful pistachio and lemon muffins.  If you prefer some back home southern style cooking, then you may want to check out Freddie Covington Barbeque (Fairfield) who will be providing mouth-watering barbequed tri tip, ribs, chicken hot links hamburgers and chicken tacos for your lunching pleasure!

Of course we want to welcome back the following returning vendors:  Bay Fresh Producers (Salinas), Resendiz Farms (Hughson), West Coast Producer (Salinas), Olio Bello d’Olivo (Byron), and Hummus Heaven (San Leandro), Cobblestone Bakery (Riverbank) and Wowie Worms (Isleton).

The Rio Vista Certified Farmers’ Market will be open every Saturday, on Main Street and 2nd, May 14th through November 19th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. rain or shine.  If you have any questions or are interested in selling at the farmers’ market, feel free to contact Bill Harlow at (408) 831-8741. The farmers’ market is organized by the All Bay Farmers’ Market Association and sponsored by the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce.

Rio Vista Watering Guidelines Ordinance From Last Year Still in Effect


Rio Vista City Hall has been inundated with phone calls asking if the water ordinance is still in effect. The answer is YES. Even though California has had much needed rain this season. We are making up for the dry years in the past and still need to conserve!!!  >> READ MORE

Rio Vista Community Center Draws Another Enthusiastic Audience


The Rio Vista Community Center hosted another well-attended community meeting on Monday, April 4, 2016 at D. H. White School. About 100 residents and interested parties came to hear the latest updates resulting from the large gathering on February 25, 2016. On that date, over 125 folks showed up, divided themselves into eight discussion groups, and came up with over 325 suggestions for the community center.  >> READ MORE

First Congregational Church of Rio Vista Welcomed New Interim Pastor


On February 1, 2016, the 147- year- old, historic First Congregational Church of Rio Vista welcomed its’ new interim pastor, Dr. Frank D. Ward, and his wife Lynn. >> READ MORE

Rio Vista Fire Department Annual Firefighter Appreciation Banquet and Awards Ceremony


On Saturday, March 5th the Rio Vista Fire Department had its annual Firefighter Appreciation Banquet and Awards Ceremony at Sir Flair’s 19th Hole Bar & Grill. This gala event, sponsored by the Rio Vista Fire Hot Shots Volunteer Program, was an evening to reflect on the accomplishments of 2015 and to bestow the Firefighter of the Year Award to a deserving firefighter who was elected by a vote of his peers.  >> READ MORE

Solano CHP Marrow Drive


The Solano Area CHP office will be holding a Marrow Drive at 3050 Travis Boulevard, Fairfield, 03/15/2016, from 8:00am until 4:00pm.  A statewide drive, “Stand Up for Keith – Team Meter Marrow Drive,” is being organized by CHP Headquarters and the CHP Santa Ana Area office to try to find a marrow donor for Officer Meter, an 18-year veteran of the Department. In 2014, Officer Meter was identified as a potential marrow donor for a young girl with marrow cancer.     >> READ MORE

Mayor’s Corner

By Norman Richardson -3/9/2016
I have promised to write about Highway 12 and the bad shape it is in. A few months ago I wrote a Mayor’s Corner describing the Highway 12 Gap Closure project from Summerset Drive to Drouin Drive (the Arco Gas Station). That stretch of highway is to be widened with 12 foot travel lanes and 8 foot shoulders.     >> READ MORE

American Pickers to Film in California


Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to California! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout California with filming scheduled for March 2016.  AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History.     >> READ MORE