Would you like to fulfill the American dream and set up your own certified farmer's market even if you don't sell produce during the cold season, but instead are an artisan or sell crafts or are a food vendor? Would you like to set up a seasonal farmer's market in your area?
California Certified Farmers' Markets (CCFM) provides services that help farmers sell and market their produce directly to consumers. The organization also provide similar services to artisans, crafters and food vendors. Some farmers' markets are seasonal, and others operate all year. It's best to check with the particular market in your area to see which farmers' markets operate during the winter.
Certified farmers' markets
CCFM specializes in setting up Farmers' Markets, for the benefit of small Californian certified farmers, local government agencies and the neighborhoods where the markets are run. CCFM's data bank of farmers and growers exceeds over 3000 producers and over 45,000 consumers.
If you want to set up a seasonal farmer's market in Sacramento, you don't have to sell farm produce now that the autumn season is about to start at the end of September. Instead, you can provide services as a crafter, artisan, or food vendor. Or during the summer, you can add produce. Check out the website of CCFM, California Certified Farmers Markets if you're interested in becoming a member. Or maybe you'd just like to find a farmer's market near you in Sacramento.
Find out more about Sacramento's food protection program at the website, Food Protection Program-Sacramento County Environmental. Or find an organization that focuses on green health goals such as Ubuntu Green — Where Sustainable, Equitable Communities Unite. Maybe you want to locate nearby Sacramento coops and "green-health minded" people. Then check out the site, Food Coops - Green People.
Are you interested in transportation and green health? See, Sacramento Regional Transit District Home Page for information on when free rides may be offered on public transportation on days when the air is heavily polluted such as "Spare the Air Days."
Check out the site, Farm Fresh to You. The farm is in Capay, CA, in Yolo County, near Davis. at Farm Fresh to You has organic produce home. Check out information about the farm's delivery service. The farm was founded in 1976.
Directions from Sacramento are to take Interstate 5 North through Woodland to the Highway 16 W/Esparto exit. Take the exit and turn left; then travel three miles to second stoplight. Turn right onto Highway 16. Follow Highway 16 through Esparto and Capay. The farm is a 1/4 mile past the town of Capay on the right.
Look for the Farm Fresh to You event signs and turn onto the gravel road that leads to the parking area. The farm is located 90 miles northeast of San Francisco and 30 minutes northwest of Sacramento. The farm address is 23800 State Highway 16, Capay, CA 95607. Check out when farm tours resume, usually around March each year.
Directions From the Bay Area:
Take Interstate 80 East to Interstate 505 North. Go approximately 20 miles; exit on Highway 16/Esparto, turn left at the light. Follow Highway 16 through Esparto and Capay. The farm is a 1/4 mile past the town of Capay on the right. Look for the Farm Fresh to You event signs and turn onto the gravel road that leads to the parking area.
About Farm Fresh to You
Farm Fresh to You was founded in 1992 by Kathleen Barsotti to bring organic produce from the farm to customers at home. Today, Farm Fresh to You is run by her sons, Noah, Thaddeus and Freeman. Originally, Farm Fresh to You had just a few delivery routes, but the company now delivers to thousands of customers in Northern and Southern California. The company also farms in the Imperial Valley in Southern California. Farm Fresh to You also has a retail store in San Francisco’s Ferry Building.
Resources and Helpful Sites
Where are the farmers' markets in Sacramento that are members of the California Federation of Certified Farmer's Markets?
Check first which farmers' markets are all year round and which are seasonal
Sundays Sacramento Central CFM 8th & W Streets under Highway 50/80
Tuesdays Sacramento Fremont Park CFM Fremont Park, 16th & P Streets
Sacramento Roosevelt Park Roosevelt Park - 9th & P Streets
Wednesdays Sacramento Chavez Plaza CFM Chavez Plaza - 10th & J Streets
Thursdays Capitol Mall CFM 6th Street and Capitol Mall along the street
East End State Capitol Park CFM 15th and L Sts
Sacramento Florin CFM Florin Sears - Florin Road and 65th Street
Fridays Sacramento Kaiser CFM Cottage Way and Morse Avenue
St. Rose of Lima Park CFM 7th and K Sts
Saturdays Del Paso Heights Farmers' Market
Norwood Avenue and San Juan Road
Natomas Certified Farmers' Market Inderkum High School parking lot in N. Natomas.
Oak Park Farmers Market McClatchy Park, 35th Street and 5th Ave
Country Club Plaza Farmers Market: All year 'round
Sacramento Country Club Plaza CFM Country Club Plaza, Watt and El Camino Avenues
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