WRITTEN BY STEPH RODRIGUEZ

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The bounty on display at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market in Sacramento. Photo courtesy of Oak Park Farmers’ Market

Open-air farmers’ markets bring the bounty of seasonal harvests from the farms to the people. Farmers who sell baskets and bundles of homegrown fruits and veggies oftentimes pick a majority of the fresh produce on display early that morning, which ensures the crunchiest carrots and juiciest berries are up for grabs each week.

 

 

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Photo by Joan Cusick

With more than 25 farmers’ markets operating Tuesday through Sunday, waking up early to grab a few healthy ingredients to add to any meal becomes a regular family affair or a nice break from the office during lunchtime in the America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.

While a handful of markets operate year round, such as the bustling Certified Farmers’ Market located under the freeway underpass at W and 8th streets, others run on a more seasonal basis, such as the Cesar Chavez Plaza Farmers’ Market that runs from May through October in the heart of downtown across from City Hall.

As mentioned above, the Certified Farmers’ Market on Sundays is another opportunity to snag some seasonal veggies to throw on the barbecue during spring and summer afternoons. Plenty of parking is available at this market, but a pro tip is to park across the street and simply walk over. The earlier you arrive to this location the better, and there’s a vendor who brews plenty of coffee and also sells homemade pastries to boot to keep everyone well caffeinated and satiated. Besides $4 baskets of berries, you’ll find mushroom, olive oil, honey and cheese vendors, grass-fed meat and sustainable fish companies, and also small-batch breads, soft pretzels, and a true smorgasbord of everything edible under the sun.

There also are about a dozen pop-up veggie markets available during the mornings and afternoons on weekdays. The market located in Fremont Park at 16th and Q streets beckons those stuck inside the many offices that surround Midtown to take advantage of fresh air (and fresh produce) by strolling through the park to peruse some new lunchtime options. At this location, colorful wildflower bouquets, cannolis from Rosa’s Bakery, vegan Sunberry bread from The Upper Crust Baking Company, and even homemade gyros line its perimeters. It’s a delectable hub of farm-grown food and handmade bites.

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Photo courtesy Oak Park Farmers’ Market

On Saturdays, the Oak Park Farmers’ Market sets up farm stands and artisan food vendors, seasonally, under a canopy of trees within McClatchy Park (3500 5th Ave.). This quaint neighborhood market hosts live cooking demos from the likes of Sacramento restaurateurs like Magpie Café’s Ed Roehr, who blistered shishito peppers last year on an outdoor grill. Heavy Dirt Farm from Davis sets up shop every weekend selling sun-kissed heirloom tomatoes, rustic potatoes, spring onions, and Chinese eggplants.

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Ed Roehr of Magpie Café does a cooking demonstration at Oak Park Farmers’ Market

Yolanda’s Tamales serves up the homemade Mexican staple along with ice-cold aguas frescas and homemade salsas, while Purple Pig Eats’ savory, California-style smoky barbecue wafts from booth to booth. These are just a few tempting features that make this market one of Sacramento’s best.

Find a farmers’ market near your neighborhood or workplace in edible Sacramento’s guide below. Step out into the sunshine and discover something delicious.

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Photo by Joan Cusick

Tuesday

Freemont Park Farmers’ Market

16th & P streets in the park • 916-442-8575

Godowntownsac.com/events/signature-events/farmers-market

Open 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., May through September

Roosevelt Park Farmers’ Market

9th & P streets, Downtown Sacramento • 916-442-8575

Godowntownsac.com/events/signature-events/farmers-market

Open 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., May through September

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Photo by Joan Cusick

Wednesday

Cesar Chavez Plaza Farmers’ Market

910 I St., Downtown Sacramento • 916-442-8575

Godowntownsac.com/events/signature-events/farmers-market

Open 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., May through October

Davis Farmers’ Market

301 C St. in Central Park, Davis • 530-297-1900
Davisfarmersmarket.org

Open 4:30 p.m. – sunset, March through October

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Photo by Joan Cusick

Thursday

Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market

6th and Capitol Mall between 5th & 6th streets • 916-442-8575

Godowntownsac.com/events/signature-events/farmers-market

Open 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., May through September

Florin Farmers’ Market

Florin Road & 65th St., Sacramento • 916-688-0100

California-grown.com/Market-times.html

Open 8 a.m. – noon, year round

UC Davis Health System Farmers’ Market

45th & Y Streets, Sacramento • 916-734-5441

Facebook.com/FarmersMarketatUCDavisHealth

Open 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., April through October

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Photo by Joan Cusick

Friday

Denio’s Farmers’ Market & Swap Meet

1551 Vineyard Rd., Roseville • 916-782-2704

Deniosmarket.com

Open year round, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fri., 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sat., 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun

The Market at Power Inn

3925 Power Inn Road, Sacramento • 916-484-7000

Powerinn.org/market-power-inn

Open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., April through October

 

Saturday

American River Ranch Farm Stand

2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova 916-363-9685

Soilborn.org

Open 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., May through November

Auburn Old Town Courthouse Farmers’ Market

Auburn-Folsom Road at Lincoln Way, Auburn • 530-863-7487
Placergrown.org/farmers-markets/

Open 8 a.m. – noon, year round

Country Club Plaza Farmers’ Market

2400 Butano Dr., Sacramento • 916-688-0100

California-grown.com/Market-times.html

Open 8 a.m. – noon, year round

East Sacramento Farmers’ Market

3330 McKinley Blvd., East Sacramento • 916-203-0146

Eastsacpreservation.org/mckinley-park-farmers-market

Open 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., April through October

Folsom Farmers’ Market

200 Wool St., Folsom • 916-806-3989

Facebook.com/HistoricFolsomFarmersMarket

Open 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., year round

Laguna Gateway Center Farmers’ Market

Laguna and Big Horn Boulevards • 916-688-0100

California-grown.com/Market-times.html

Open 8 a.m. – noon, year round

Midtown Farmers’ Market

1050 20th St., Sacramento • 916-442-1500

Godowntownsac.com/events/signature-events/farmers-market

Open 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., year round

Natomas Promenade Farmers’ Market

8637 N. Freeway Blvd., Natomas • 916-688-0100

California-grown.com/Market-times.html

Open 8 a.m. – noon, May through September

North Natomas Regional Park Farmers’ Market

2501 New Market Drive, Natomas • 916-808-7001

Facebook.com/NNFarmersMarket

Open 8 a.m. – noon, May through September

Oak Park Farmers’ Market

3500 5th Ave., Sacramento • 916-704-2843

Facebook.com/oakparkfarmersmarket

Open 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., May through October

Rio Linda Farmers’ Market and Peddler’s Fair

6852 Dry Creek Road, Rio Linda • 916-991-7521

Facebook.com/riolindafarmersmarket

Open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., May through September

Rocklin Blue Oaks Center Farmers’ Market

6636 Lonetree Blvd., Rocklin • 530-863-7487

Placergrown.org/farmers-markets

Open 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., June through October

Sunrise Light Rail Station Farmers’ Market

Folsom and Sunrise Boulevards, Rancho Cordova • 916-688-0100

California-grown.com/Market-times.html

Open 8 a.m. – noon, year round

Sunrise Marketplace

6041 Sunrise Mall, Citrus Heights • 916-806-3989

Sunrisemarketplace.com/event/sunrise-farmers-market/2018-03-31

Open 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. • year round

 

Sunday

Asian Farmers’ Market

431 Broadway, Sacramento

Open 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., year round

Certified Farmers’ Market

W St. & 8th St., Sacramento • 916-688-0100

California-grown.com/Market-times.html

Open 8 a.m. – noon, year round

 

Steph Rodriguez is an award-winning freelance journalist who keeps a close eye on the food and music scene in Sacramento. With more than 10 years’ experience as a writer, she crafts stories that mirror the vast and diverse culture of the region. From entertainment and lifestyle features, to profiles with a farm-to-fork interest, she aims to capture the simplicity of Sacramento peppered with delicious moments.

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