If there is one benefit to living in Sacramento it is the access we have to amazing produce. I’ve lived elsewhere is this great country of ours and I can speak first-hand to the abundance of fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables we have here (and don’t cost us a small fortune) that other states just don’t have.
Sacramento and the surrounding areas offer several farmers’ markets throughout the week so you’re sure to find a time and location convenient for you.
In addition to bringing home food that is super fresh, you can rest easy knowing you are supporting the community locally by purchasing directly from local farmers. Another plus? Most of the produce is organic, so no yucky pesticides making their way into your children’s mouths or seeping into the ground water.
Here is a quick summary of the farmers markets closest to East Sacramento:
Sunday – 8AM-12PM at the State Parking Lot at 8th and W
Tuesday – 10AM-2PM at Fremont Park at 16th and P
Wednesday – 10AM-2PM at Cesar Chavez Plaza at 10th and J
Click here for a complete listing of locations and times for the Sacramento area.
A few helpful hints:
– Be prepared to walk. You may not find parking too close to the venue but even if you do, you’ll walk quite a bit around the market itself.
– Bring your sunscreen! And remember to lather up before hand.
– A water bottle comes in handy, especially for afternoon summer-in-Sacramento heat.
– Don’t forget your own grocery bags. Cloth, plastic, reusable, it doesn’t matter.
– Stop by the ATM before you go. Most vendors accept cash only and a very select few will take a check.
Most importantly, have fun! Use the farmers market as an opportunity to teach your children about what the oh-so popular terms “organic”, “sustainable”, and “locally grown” really mean.
Click here for the California Farmers’ Market website and more information.