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Nourish Yourself at the Davis Farmers’ Market

greeny leaf from the Davis Farmer's Market

Fresh produce is the star attraction at any farmers’ market. But the Davis Farmers’

Market offers so much more. It offers a sense of community, of togetherness. It

allows customers to nourish not only their bodies, but their sense of wellbeing.

Randii MacNear, executive director of the Davis Farmers’ Market, says attending

the market isn’t just an errand to be checked off a to-do list — it’s an experience.

“A lot of people tell me they come and they get healed by coming to the market,”

MacNear added. “The food nourishes you but also the community and the

friendliness and the safety and the beautiful setups they also nourish you.”

Music and crowds at Davis Farmer's Market
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Now in its 47 th year, the Davis Farmers’ Market is unique in that it’s open year-

round and it doesn’t slow down during the winter season. It’s held every Saturday,

rain or shine. A permanent shade structure protects shoppers and vendors from the

elements, whether rain in the winter or heat in the summer.

Mixed vegetables being sold at the Davis Farmer's Market

“We really have a great advantage and it makes it so customers can come year

round and feel no matter what the weather is they can come and shop at the

market,” MacNear says.

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One of the best things about shopping at a farmers’ market is the great variety of

foods available. Growers offer unique products that you won’t find in the

supermarket. Everything sold at the market is seasonal and grown locally, so you

go home with the freshest produce available.

two guys, one of them holding a popcorn at the Davis Farmer's Market

Many customers make a day of visiting the market. They take their time browsing

the stalls and chatting with the vendors to learn more about what they grow. Many

pick up a pastry or a coffee to enjoy while they shop, or pick up food to go to enjoy

in the park. May through September, the market is open on Wednesday evenings

with live music.

“Farmers’ markets nourish communities, they nourish sellers and customers and

families,” MacNear says. “People feel whole when they come here.”

a variety of wine at the Davis Farmer's Market

With 90 vendors each week, the Davis Farmers’ Market is one of the largest in the

state. It was also one of the first, and today is one of 840 certified organic markets

in California. Not only can you get fresh fruit and vegetables, but also nuts, cheese,

wine, honey, meat, eggs and other foods. There are also local artisans selling their

handmade gift items.

The Davis Farmers’ Market Cookbook

Not sure what to do with those persimmons or bok choy? The Davis Farmers’

Market Cookbook can help! Originally released in 2012, the book — which has

since been updated — was co-authored by former Davis mayor and food activist

Ann Evans and James Beard Award-winning author Georgeanne Brennan. It

features more than 80 recipes using ingredients you can pick up at the market.

What’s unique is that it’s divided by season, so you always know what’s fresh.

“It takes you through every single season and what’s available at the market and

how to cook it, so you can eat healthfully all year round,” MacNear says.

The Davis Farmers’ Market Cookbook can be purchased at the market.

MacNear has been heading the Davis Farmers’ Market Alliance for nearly four

decades. Since that time, it has expanded to include six markets in both Yolo and

Sacramento counties. It also operates the Davis Farm-to-School Program, which

promotes seasonal, locally grown ingredients, farm-based education, and school

gardens within Davis-area public schools.

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“Children are able to eat produce from the market in their school meals,” MacNear

adds. “All of Yolo County works to nourish our children through local produce and

Davis is a big partner in that.”

MacNear said attending the farmers’ market is one of the best things you can to do

nourish yourself, your community, and your world.

“This world is such a challenge right now and everybody is feeling like they can’t

do anything. Well, there is one thing you can do. You can start shopping at a

farmers’ market.”

Davis Farmers’ Market Hours

  • Central Park: Saturdays from 8 a.m.–1 p.m., year-round, rain or shine.

    • Wednesdays from 4–8 p.m. for Picnic in the Park, mid-May through

mid-September, and Wednesdays from 3–6 p.m. mid-September through mid-May.

  • U.C. Davis Student Community Center: Wednesdays from 10 a.m.– 1:30

p.m., during fall and spring quarters.

  • Sutter Davis Hospital: Thursdays from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. May through


  • Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento: Thursdays from 2:30–5:30 p.m.


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