Adventist Health Bakersfield is back in the market for providing healthy shopping resources downtown. Now through September, it will host monthly farmers markets in its parking lot off Chester Avenue.

Shop amid the soothing sounds of a string quartet, which will play during the market that will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Pick up fresh produce, local products and snacks from vendors including Sweet Tree Farms, Finster Farms, Fachin’s Honey, EcoCentric Farms, Ayden’s Eggs, Pure Sourdough Kitchen, Better Bowls, Rio Acai Bowls, Nature’s Food Market and Bakersfield College. And don't forget your four-legged friends that can pick up nibbles from Stuart’s Dog Treats. 

Other community groups and efforts will be on hand including The Mission at Kern County, Adventist Health Bakersfield Nutrition Services, Bike Bakersfield and Cope Health Solutions. There will be a number of rotating wellness offerings, ranging from hands-only CPR tips, fitness activities and health screenings.

Free valet parking will be available for the market, which takes place in the hospital's parking lot across from the ambulance bay. 

Markets will be held the second Thursday of every month now through September. Dates are April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 12.

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

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