Found: Sacramento Farmers’ Markets (updated)

Source: Awake at the Whisk
Source: Awake at the Whisk

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



  • State Parking Lot, 8th and W Street (under the freeway) | Year round, 8:00am-12:00pm 

Quick Tips:

  • 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.

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  1. Lizzy Hastings says

    There’s also a great market on Saturday mornings at Country Club PLaza in the back parking lot. I live nearby and walk there every Saturday.

  2. Fluke says

    YAY GOTG! I found you through Sacramento Connect and am a new fan!!! Thanks for the Farmer’s Market info. Should come in handy.

  3. Ashlee Gadd says

    And don’t forget…if you want to tour the farmer’s market with a pro, join Chef Tuohy from Grange every Wednesday in Cesar Chavez park for Follow the Chef. Tour + three-course lunch in Grange (with wine) for only $35!

    Okay, done with the shameless plug.

    The rice bowls are to die for!

  4. darcy says

    Can we get an updated update for Spring 2011? I know there is a new one at Compton’s market in E. Sac.

    1. admin says

      Absolutely! We will do an updated one very soon.

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