Sacramento Farmers Markets: Where to Shop for Fresh Fruits and Veggies

Stock up on fresh fruits, veggies, and more all year long

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Sacramentans are lucky to have several choices when buying fresh flowers, fruit, and vegetables from Northern California farmers. A popular way to buy the agricultural bounty of the Central Valley is at local farmers markets peppered throughout the city and outlying areas.

A few are open all year long, while others are seasonal, mostly opening in May and running through October. Some are morning markets, while others operate in the afternoon.

Farmers offer a variety of fruit and vegetables, but shoppers can also buy fresh tulips, irises, and other flowers; organic cheeses, artisan breads, and pastries; raw and seasoned nuts; cut and planted herbs; and other specialty food.

Before heading to the market, make sure you have prepared for your shopping trip. Once you are ready to go, all you have to do is choose where to start.

Sundays

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If you can manage to wake up early on a Sunday morning, make your way to the Sacramento Central farmers market where you’ll find Asian produce, cheeses, olive oil, eggs, and more. Shoppers will find great prices at this Midtown market, which is among the larger markets in the area.

Guide Tip: Get here early. Since this is a popular market, on a few of my visits, some vendors ran out of food.

  • Location: 8th and W streets, underneath Highway 80

  • Hours: 8 a.m. to noon all year

    Tuesdays

    Roosevelt Park

    Roosevelt Park is among two farmers markets along P Street. Along the perimeter of the park, shoppers can buy vegetables, fruits, nuts, meats, herbs, flowers, baked goods, and cheeses.

    • Location: 9th and P streets

    • Hours: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., from May 5 through September 29

    Fremont Park

    Just down the street from Roosevelt Park is Fremont Park. Vendors are spread along the perimeter of the park.

    Guide Tip: Finding a parking space can be a challenge at both of these parks. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a metered spot. Remember to keep track of the time to avoid getting a ticket.

    • Location: 16th and P streets

    • Hours: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., from May 5 through September 29

    Wednesdays

    Casear Chavez Plaza

    Caesar Chavez Memorial Plaza is abuzz with shoppers from area office buildings at this downtown market.

    • Location: 10th and J streets, in front of City Hall

    • Hours: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., from May 6 through October 28

    Thursdays

    Florin Mall

    The Florin Mall farmer’s market is located at Sears.

    • Location: Florin Road and 65th Street

    • Hours: 8 a.m. to noon all year long

    Capitol Mall
    South Sacramento residents can hop over to the Capitol Mall during their lunch break for pizza, barbecue, tamales, and a variety of food truck vendors.

    • Location: 6th Street and Capitol Mall

    • Hours: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May 7 to September 24

    Saturdays

    Country Club Plaza at Arden-Arcade

    Another popular farmer’s market is located at Country Club Plaza. Shoppers can find that market in the parking lot on Butano Drive.

    • Location: Watt and El Camino

    • Hours: 8 a.m. to noon all year long

    The Promenade at Natomas
    Enjoy this open-air market when the weather is nice.

    • Location: 3637 North Freeway Boulevard, North Natomas

    • Hours: 8 a.m. to noon, May 9 to September 26

    Laguna Gateway Center
    This intimate market features fresh vegetables, fruits, and hormone-free meats. It’s convenient for people who work during the week and like to do their shopping on the weekends.

    • Location: Laguna and Big Horn Boulevard, Elk Grove

    • Hours: 8 a.m. to noon all year long

    Sunrise Light Rail Station
    A well-stocked farmers market with fruits, vegetables, nuts, meats, mushrooms, and more.

    • Location: Folsom and Sunrise Boulevard, Fair Oaks-Rancho Cordova

    Hours: 8 a.m. to noon all year long