Shoppers could pick up vegetables, plants, cheese, bread — even a balloon fashioned in the shape of a dog — fresh from local growers and artisans.

Dozens took advantage of a warm, sunny day to peruse the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market, which opened for the season Tuesday. Shoppers could pick up vegetables, plants, cheese, bread — even a balloon fashioned in the shape of a dog — fresh from local growers and artisans. The market will continue Thursday in Medford. Ashland market hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Ashland Armory, 1420 E. Main St. A Saturday market will open May 1 at Lithia Way and First Street. For more photos, see www.dailytidings.com/photos.