(UPDATED 10/20/17) Sacramento and the Sacramento Region is blessed with numerous farmers markets, both year-round (such as the Sunday Central Certified Farmers Market under the freeway at 8th and W Streets) and seasonal. The Central Certified Farmers Market has just celebrated its 35th Anniversary. It is the busiest Certified Farmers Market in the state with over 100 participating farmers.
Tip: The California Department of Food and Agriculture has a list of certified farmers markets listed by county. California Grown has a helpful list of local certified farmer’s markets listed by market days.
Complementing the year-round farmers markets are numerous seasonal farmers markets that open for the year in the spring-early summer. These markets are scattered around the city and the surrounding region.
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By patronizing your local farmers market you are not only helping small farmers make more of a profit for their hard work (by cutting out the middle-man), you are also helping the local economy. A recent U.C. Davis study reports that Sacramento-area farmers and ranchers who sell their products directly to consumers generate twice as much regional economic impact per dollar of output as do area food producers who don’t engage in direct marketing.
I tend to frequent either the Central Certified Farmer’s Market (Sunday) or the year-round Midtown Farmers Market (Saturday) on 20th Street between J and L Streets. The Midtown Farmers Market is sponsored by the Midtown Business Association.
As a general rule I like to do a quick stroll around the market, checking the prices and quality of the produce I want to buy. Then, I make my way around the market once again to make my purchases. I always take assorted coins and $1’s and $5’s as opposed to larger bills as I know that the farmers appreciate it.
(UPDATED 10/20/17) The Midtown Farmers Market was voted #1 in the Sacramento Magazine 2017 Best of Sacramento survey.
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