Found: Sacramento Farmers’ Markets (updated)
By Laura Braden
UPDATED from August 4, 2010.
I think most Californians take the quality and quantity of the fresh, local produce they have access to for granted.
I’ll never forget the first time my friend Devon took me to the market at Cesar Chavez park, and I almost fell over: fresh veggies, nuts and fruit at super-low prices – score! Asparagus bright green and 1/2 an inch thick! And ripe avocados pretty much year round!
As someone whose diet consists mostly of meat, cheese and bread, California has opened a whole new door for me to try things like pears, kumquats, white asparagus and raw almonds for the first time (I know, I know – I have the palate of a 7 year old).
And with most of the markets now open, it only seemed fitting to provide a quick and easy guide…
- Fremont Park, 16th & P Street | May 7 – Sept. 24, 10:00am-2:00pm
- Roosevelt Park, 10th & P Street | May 7 – Sept. 24, 10:00am-2:00pm
- Cesar Chavez Plaza, 10th & J Street | May 1 – Oct. 30, 10:00am-2:00pm
- Capitol Mall, 6th & Capitol | May 2 – Sept. 26, 10:00am-2:00pm
- Capitol Park, 15th & L Street | May 2 – Sept. 26, 10:00am-2:00pm
- Midtown, 20th & J Street | Year round, 8:00am-1:00pm (see also KCRA’s profile!)
- Oak Park, 35th and 5th Avenue | May 1 – Oct. 30, 9:00am-1:00pm
- State Parking Lot, 8th and W Street (under the freeway) | Year round, 8:00am-12:00pm
- They have everything from flowers to baked goods to sandwiches/lunch items to free range eggs to produce – go early and often as vendors can change from week to week.
- They’re a great lunch option – take 1/2 hour to get out of the office and into the sun with a few girlfriends!
- If you haven’t made the schlep to Davis for the Saturday AM market, you must go this weekend. Great people watching, activities for the kiddos and usually there’s a dog rescue group or two. A great date or Saturday funtivity with the girls.