Sacramento Area Farmers Markets

If you talk to a Sacramentan for more than a few minutes, one of the things that you’ll discover very quickly is our obsession with our famer’s markets. We are beyond lucky to have so many to choose from, all over the city and surrounding areas, with many of them being year round. Positioned between two rivers, the Sacramento has always been a rich agricultural region.

Eating field to table has become a way of life here because of the close proximity to fresh, inexpensive, seasonal produce but beyond our dinner tables, farming has also sustained many of our families financially. My own grandmother used to travel from Placerville, via Folsom Blvd before Highway 50 existed, when she was a teenager and pick pears in the along the river during the summers.

Although access to local produce is abundant, it also can be overwhelming because there are so many options. I’ve rounded up quite a few (though not all) local farmer’s markets and and a couple of neighborhood farm stands – mostly inside the city but I included a few in the surrounding, more suburban, areas – and listed them below. I’ve even marked the markets that are my personal favorite with an asterisk. These are the markets you can find me at most weeks, especially during the summer when I forgo the grocery store and rely heavily on shopping outdoor markets.

Tuesday:

Roosevelt Park

10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

9th and P Streets

Open May through September

 

Fremont Park*

10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

16th and P Streets

Open May through September and Accepts EBT

 

Roseville Farmer’s Market at the Fountains

8:30 AM – 1 PM

Parking Lot Near West Elm and Whole Foods at The Fountains

Galleria Blvd and Roseville Pkwy

Open All Year

Wednesday:

 

Chavez Park

10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

10th and J Streets

Open May through October and Accepts EBT

Thursday:

 

Capitol Mall

10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

6th and Capitol Mall (between 5th and 6th Streets)

Open May through September

 

Florin Sears Store

8:00 AM – Noon

Florin Road & 65th Street – South Sacramento

Open All Year and Accepts EBT

Saturday:

 

Oak Park Farmers Market*

9 AM – 1:00 PM

McClatchy Park, 35th Street and 5th Avenue

May through October and Accepts EBT

 

Midtown Farmers Market*

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

20th Street between J and L Streets

Open Year Round and Accepts EBT

 

Davis Farmers Market

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Central Park

(Davis, CA)

Open Year Round

 

North Natomas Regional Park – NEW MARKET!

8:00 AM- Noon

2501 New Market Drive

Open June 3 – September 16

 

Country Club Plaza

8:00 AM – Noon

Watt and El Camino

(Butano Drive Parking Lot)

Open All Year and Accepts EBT

 

Sunrise Light Rail Station

8:00 AM – Noon

Folsom and Sunrise Blvd.

(Light Rail Parking Lot)

Open All Year and Accepts EBT

 

Laguna Gateway Center

8:00 AM – Noon

Laguna and Big Horn Blvd

(Elk Grove, CA – Front of Dick’s Sporting Goods)

Open All Year and Accepts EBT

Sunday:

 

“Under the Freeway” Market aka The Big One*

8:00 AM – Noon

8th and W Streets, State Parking Lots

Open All Year and Accepts EBT

 

With the farmer’s markets and urban gardening becoming popular, urban farm stands have started popping up, adding to the famer’s market landscape in the Sacramento area. The idea is to simply share the bounty of your garden with neighbors instead of it going to waste.

We’ve all planted zucchini thinking it was all fun and games until harvest and you have bags and bags of squash that you are just begging for people to take. The idea behind urban farm stands is to spread that wealth and encourage community. The city restricts the ability for these stands to charge for their produce but bring something to trade and/or make a monetary donation (that gets reinvested back into the gardens) to the farm stand is highly encouraged.

Below are a few of the local urban farm stands that I know of in our area. Check their social media feeds for more information about when they’re open and what produce they offer seasonally. When they’re open; stop by say hello and support these local urban farmers.

East Sac Farms

56th Street between J and M, Sacramento

Farm Stand Open Tuesdays

Instagram: Kyle @urbanfarmstead and Morgan @dailyflourish

 

Purdy Urban Farm

63rd and Tahoe Way, Sacramento

Farm Stand Open Wednesday

Instagram: @purdy.urban.farm

 

The Yisrael Family Urban Farm

4625 44th Street, Suite 38, Sacramento

Instagram: @yisraelfamilyfarm

Facebook: www.facebook.com/yisraelfarm

ps. If you live in the Sacramento area and know of more neighborhood farm stands that are popping up, let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.

A guide to find a Farmers Market any day of the week in and around Sacramento.

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Hydrangea Help

Hydrangea Help

Hydrangea HelpThis spring, I posted photos on Instagram of freshly cut hydrangeas from my garden and received a lot of questions about how to care and grow them.  I originally planted 12 Nico Blue hydrangeas nine years ago in the front garden bed.  At the time the bed was about half the width as it is now and it didn’t have anything but a small palm that I removed when I widened the bed before planting.  I purchased the hydrengeas at Target, back when Target had a garden center, and they had one bloom on a stem per plant with a couple of leaves and cost $2.99 per plant.  At the time I planted these, my front yard was full sun that was a little too intense and the first few years the bushes did get burned but over time the front of my house has become more shaded as the trees around my house have grown in size and I now have more of desirable area for them and they do much better throughout the hot summer months.  In the nine years since I’ve planted them they have grown from one blossom and 8″ high to hundreds of blooms to close to 6 feet tall! Here are my tips for growing hydrangeas ~

  • Water every other day.  Water the roots only, I don’t water the leaves or the blooms as that can set the plant get burnt by the sun.  I flood the front bed with water and let the water seep into the roots of the plant.  I think this might be why my plants have done so well and have grown so tall.
  • When cutting blooms for vases, cut 12″-15″ below the bloom and clip above a leaf cluster and use clippers that are sturdy and made for woodier stems.  Do not use scissors since that will not result in a clean cut.  I clip as many blooms as I like, it doesn’t seem to effect the amount of blooms the next year.
  • In the late fall, you’ll need to tend to and clean up the plants.  Clip off all dead blooms and remove any leaves that may still be on the plant, leaving the bare canes long.  Clean up the base of the plant by removing leaves and debris that may have collected at the root of the plant.   With garden clippers remove canes that are old, dead or diseased.  Don’t clip off all canes, only those that aren’t healthy anymore.
  • After pruning and cleaning up the plants, fertilize with a fertilizer that is specific for hydrangeas and high in acidity.  If the colors of the blooms aren’t the color that you desire, you can change that with the acidity of the soil.

That’s it!  I keep it as simple as I can and it’s paid off with prolific blooms.

How to have beautiful blooming hydrangeas

Peonies

Summer Peonies

Summer Peonies

Summer PeoniesPeonies are my favorite flower and it’s season is coming to an end. I plan on stopping by my local Trader Joe’s tomorrow to pick up my final bunch of the season, I love purchasing my peonies at Trader Joe’s since they tend to be very fresh and affordable.  These are some of the blooms I’ve been lucky enough to have grace my nightstand this season.

My Favorite Place to Buy Peonies

Springtime


Cara Crowley Spring 2013

Cara Crowley Spring 2013

Cara Crowley Spring 2013 I love this time of year when spring and winter overlap.  Bulbs start to bloom, mandarines are still widely available and the lilacs start to arrive.   It’s such an optimistic time of year, the promise of spring is around the corner and summer plans start to come together with friends and family.  I always try to slow down before the summer heat to enjoy this time of year.  These are some photos from around my house as I bring spring inside my little cottage.