Shopping for quality fresh food items can sometimes be hit or miss at a grocery store depending on how long items have been on a store shelf and where the item originally came from. I’ve had the misfortune of occasionally buying what looks like fresh packed produce only to find it spoiled or rotten within a few days of the original purchase. That can be a major disappointment, especially when spending top dollar for those poor quality items.
As much as I love Trader Joe’s, I’ve found their produce to sometimes be too old to use and frankly they should not even be stocking that produce on their shelves after the item has reached a certain age after it’s been harvested.
Produce sold at a Certified Farmers’ Markets is freshly picked and very nutritious. Unlike store produce which is picked many days in advance and hundred of miles away, most produce at Certified Farmers’ Markets is picked within hours of market days. And the visitor can talk directly to the farmer and learn about new varieties of fruits and vegetables, farming practices and special preparation suggestions.
A Certified Farmers’ Markets is not just a place of shopping but is a community event. Friends meet friends, swap recipes and visit with the farmers who have become their friends.
The Placerville, Cameron Park, Folsom, South Lake Tahoe, and El Dorado Hills Certified Farmers’ Market Association, Inc. (CFMA) is an association of over 75 growers and producers who participate.
For more information about The El Dorado County Certified Farmers Market check out their website at http://www.eldoradofarmersmarket.com/
Folsom has a season farmers market that usually starts in June and is held every Sunday morning in old town Folsom on Sutter Street.
Sacramento hosts a dozen different Certified Farmers Markets on various days at several different locations in the area. A complete list of all Farmers Markets can be found at the following website: http://www.california-grown.com/Market-times.html
One of the largest local Farmers Markets is held on Sundays 8am to noon in Sacramento at 8th and W streets under the highway 50 over pass. This one has gotten some rave reviews and I plan to go there next weekend to check it out and report back with more details and photos.
Another local Sacramento place to check out is Denio’s Market.
A good farmers market usually has more then just produce, so you can do all your shopping at once in one place. Many markets also have local vendors selling beef, poultry, fish, shelfish, baked breads and goods and a whole lot more. Check out your local farmers market soon and you’ll discover an abundance of some of the best food products to be found… at the best prices to be found.
Until next time, Cheers!