The Sacramento area is known for an abundance of farmer’s markets during the spring and summer seasons. Farm fresh produce is available during winter months in the Sacramento region too both in open air markets and at selected local grocers. In fact, the area is renown for some of its winter specialties like mandarin oranges, persimmons and squash. At some locations, winter crafts, festive potpourris, and gift ideas are available too.
Auburn, CA – Auburn Old Town Farmers Market Located at Auburn-Folsom Rd. and Lincoln Wy. .across from the courthouse, this market is open year-round. From April to December the market operates on Saturdays from 8a.m. to 12:00 noon. From January through March it is held on Saturdays from 9:00a.m. to 12:00 noon. Growers who produce the sweet mountain mandarins, blood oranges and Asian pears are among those in attendance at this outdoor market. For more information contact (530) 823-6163.
Loomis, CA – The Blue Goose This small produce market is located in the old fruit sheds at the corner of King Rd. and Taylor Rd. in Loomis. It has a small selection of very high quality local produce including locally raised grass fed meats like lamb and beef. Cage-free eggs are sold here as well. Some of the popular winter items are the mandarin oranges and hoshigaki. (916) 652-8341
Newcastle, CA – Newcastle Produce You can find a huge selection of local balsamics, olive oils, wines, produce and plenty of inspiration to create masterful dishes. Before or after shopping, you can eat from their amazing deli that features produce sold in the store. They have been voted one of the Sacramento regions top 5 gourmet grocers for three years straight. (916) 663-2016
Placerville, CA -Apple Hill The Apple Hill Growers Association is an active group of local farmers who together provide combined tours, events and marketing. It is easy to spend an entire afternoon, or even a day in Apple Hill, browsing the selections of apples, apple pies, apple ciders, tasting at local wineries and alehouses, and enjoying the numerous crafts of the season offered as well. See the website http://www.applehill.com for more information or call the association office at (530) 644-7692 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting .
Roseville, CA – Denio’s Open year round weekdays and weekends, 1551 Vineyard Rd. in Roseville, CA this location has everything including meats. You will find produce, flowers, ranch and pet supplies, gardening and décor items and more. It is a fast paced market where vendors are eager to make a sale, which means some items are up for bargaining. (916) 782-2704 http://www.denios.org