Economic Opportunities

Farmers' Markets in the Sacramento Region

Farmers' markets are an integral part of the rural-urban connection. They give consumers access to locally-grown, fresh produce, and create a connection between the farmers who grow our food and consumers who are increasingly interested in buying food from within our region's foodshed. The Sacramento region hosts over two dozen farmers' markets every week.

Directory of Markets

At the California Federation of Certified Farmers' Markets webpage, you can find a city-by-city directory of the farmers' markets in the region: cafarmersmarkets.com

Map of Farmers' Markets

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Farmers' Market Snapshots

Below is information about a sampling of market opportunities within our region. The Web site links provide even greater detail, and offer photos of the events. This list is not an endorsement of any particular market, but rather a taste of our region's cultivated wealth.

Sunday Folsom CFM

The Sunday Folsom Farmers' Market is more than a weekly gathering of produce vendors. At the market buyers are able to learn directly from the growers about their produce. "When you come to the Folsom Farmers' Market you talk to the people who grow the food you eat," according to market manager Seana Hartsell. The market provides a perfect setting to get to know your produce and those who grow it. The Folsom Farmers' Market is more than a good place to buy produce and baked goods-it is a place to connect with people. edc-farmtrails.org/market.html

Sacramento County CFMs

The ten Sacramento County farmers' markets managed by Dan Best focus on helping people "get in and out" with a wide variety of produce. Some of these farmers' markets happen on weekdays in downtown parks, convenient for office workers shopping on their lunch break. In addition to typical produce one might expect to find in a supermarket, the markets are enhanced by produce native to other countries, grown and sold by our region's ethnically diverse growers. In spring months, and particularly at the Sunday downtown market, many growers also carry a nice variety of herb and vegetable plants. california-grown.com

Capay Valley Regional CFM

Established in 2004, the monthly Esparto Capay Valley Regional CFM is a social event, with a good mix of produce, events, crafts, and activities. Their two produce vendors offer seasonal produce including peaches, cherries and apricots. Later in the season the market also offers tomatoes, melons, and nuts as well as jams. In addition to the growers, the event is attended by local artisans, nurseries, and wineries. The market also includes a book sale, live music, and themed events such as the honey festival. The market's Web site, capayvalleyfarmersmarket.com, has an events calendar as well as a seasonal calendar which lets buyers know what produce is in season.

Woodland Farmers' Market

The 13-year-old Woodland Farmers' Market offers a wide variety of regional produce. The market's most popular produce are strawberries, eggs and tomatoes because of their freshness. The vendors pick the fruit the night before or the morning of the market to maximize freshness, according to Christine Lynn Levings of the market's administrative office. The market also has large monthly events such as a grilling exhibition with grilled market fresh vegetables and an auctioned-off grill. The market recently moved to Freeman Park on Main Street in downtown Woodland. This new location has great street parking and a playground for kids. The playground compliments the child-oriented activities of the market. The Woodland Farmers' Market is only a summer market, and is open May through October. woodlandfarmersmarket.com

Davis Farmers' Market

The renowned 32-year-old Davis Farmers' Market is a popular regional event featuring fresh produce, crafts, events and live music. Both the Saturday and Wednesday markets are open year round rain or shine. The produce available is typically cultivated within an hour's distance from the market. The produce and crafts of the market are provided by eighty different vendors. On Wednesdays from March to November residents from all over come out to enjoy Picnic in the Park. This weekly event features an International Food Faire, kids' activities, cooking demonstrations, live music and a beer garden. The market also collaborates with the University of California at Davis for a quarterly East Quad Farmers' Market in an effort to make fresh produce more accessible to students and faculty. davisfarmersmarket.org

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