Farmer’s Market. Midtown Farmer’s Market (Sacramento, CA)

The town where we are doesn’t have a year-round farmer’s market. That being said, we sort of like the challenge of finding new and interesting farmer’s markets during the months that ours isn’t going. Recently, we got invited to come see what the Midtown Farmer’s Market was all about in Sacramento. We jumped at the opportunity after hearing friends raving about the regionally curated market.

The market is held in a corridor of midtown flanked by uber cute new eateries and boutiques. I love this stretch of Sac with it’s twinkly lights strung though the trees and adjoining patios that create a downtown area that’s livable and safe for families with tots. It’s not a large size market. It’s just big enogh to get in and get out with what you need or stroll slowly and make a morning out of it.

What we loved most about this market was it’s nod to families with kids. In the center of the market there is a complete tot land with astro turf grass, bouncy toys, food theme placemets to color and child-sized chairs with umbrellas. We had to pry our two shoppers out of there when it was time to leave and we ended up spending much longer than we anticipated just because we actually got the chance to. Breath.

My Husband might have even been caught lounging in a chair, coffee in hand smiling from ear to ear laughing and joking. (If you know a Capitol employee during the summer you know how rare this behavior can be).

There was a waffle man selling right out of a vintage cherry red volkswagon van just like my in laws had in the 70’s and the most amazing gluten free baked goods from Davis. There were farm style flowers and mushrooms. There was fresh lemonade and chimichurri. This market had every flavor imaginable and we were digging it.

The Midtown Farmers Market is located on 20th Street, b/t J & K Streets in Midtown Sacramento. Parking is available for market patrons at 2020 J Street, adjacent to the market.

Free bike valet is a feature component of the Midtown Farmers Market, run by Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA). Bike valet will located every Saturday at the Market.

Farmstands and Farms Open This Month. June

Farms are opening quickly now! Here is a list of open farmstands and farms this month in the Sacramento and surrounding areas. We are going to be adding more as they open so keep checking back to see the latest.

  1. This list includes only farmstands that are open to the public and don’t require reservations.  Look for a list of farm visits by appointment in a future post.
  2. These are farmstands and farms that are open for business in June.
  3. We didn’t include produce stores, just traditional stands.
  4. In the next month or two this list is going to get much longer so stick with us.  For now, try to visit a farmstand you haven’t tried yet.
  5. Some local farmstands don’t just feature their own produce, they source selections from around the state and beyond.  If you are trying to just eat organic or just local (or both) make sure to ask questions and choose carefully.  I still like buying my produce from a farmstand instead of a big grocery store, even if it’s not all local.

El Dorado County

American River Cherry Company
2240 Dias Drive
Placerville CA

Boa Vista Orchards (Farmstand)
Open Daily
2952 Carson Road
Placerville, CA

Once in a Blue Moon Berries (You-Pick Blueberries)
1820 Arroyo Vista Way
El Dorado Hills, CA

Pine ‘O Mine (You-Pick Blueberries)
Open Daily, Closed Mondays
2620 Carson Road
Placerville, CA

Rainbow Orchards (You-Pick Blueberries)
Open Saturdays and Sundays
3010 Snows Road
Camino, CA

South Fork Farm (Farmstand)
941 Cold Springs Rd.
Placerville, CA

Placer County

Delta Farm (Farmstand)
8315 Horseshoe Bar Road
Loomis, CA
no website

Ikeda’s California Country Market (Produce Stand)

Open Daily
13500 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA

Otow Orchard (Farmstand)
Tue-Thu 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and Fri-Sun 10:00 am to 6:00 pm 6232 Eureka Road
Granite Bay, CA

Sacramento County

Davis Ranch (Farmstand)
Open Daily
13211 Jackson Road
Sloughhouse, CA

Kingbird Farms (Farmstand CSA)
Digital Farmstand, Order Between Monday-Thursday On Website, Pick Up Friday afternoon-Saturday
8869 Orr Road
Galt, CA

Soil Born Farms
Open Saturdays 8:00 am-12:00 pm
3000 Hurley Way
Sacramento, CA

The Farmer’s wife
5701 Winding Way
Carmichael, CA
No Website

Yolo County

Full Belly Farm (Farmstand)
Open Fridays from 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
16090 County Road 43
Guinida, CA

Ikeda’s California Country Market (Produce Stand)
Open Daily
26295 Mace Blvd.
Davis, CA

Impossible Acres Farm (You-Pick and Farmstead)
Open Wednesday-Sunday, 9:00 am-6:00 pm
26565 County Road 97D
Davis, CA

Loving Nature Farm (Farmstand CSA)
Open Daily
38883 Z Line Road
Clarksburg, CA

Pacific Star Gardens (You-Pick Strawberries and Berries and Farmstand)
20872 County Rd 99
Woodland, CA 95695
Pacific Star Gardens Facebook Page

Pedrick Produce (Produce Stand)
6850 Sievers Road
Dixon, CA
no website

Yolo Fruit Stand (Produce Stand)
Open Daily
46710 County Road 32B
Davis, CA
no website

All Counties in the Sacramento Surrounding Areas

Strawberry Stands All Counties (Farmstands)

A Google Map was created to find strawberry stands throughout the Sacramento region and surrounding areas. I found the stand in our neighborhood. Can you find yours?

Don’t see your favorite farmstand on our list? It could be closed this time of year or maybe it slipped by us! Leave us a comment if you want to see a farmstand added to our list. We love hearing from you.

Getaway. Dream Inn (Santa Cruz, CA)

Vacations don’t come often enough around here and usually entail sneaking off for a night or two at best. This summer we wanted to celebrate the last day of school and Grandma’s birthday so we took off on a quick midweek getaway. Destination. Santa Cruz. The Dream Inn.

I haven’t spent a ton of time in Santa Cruz. I mean TBH it’s been grammar school camping, cheer camp in high school and a day trip with my brother in sister when they were in high school. So my knowledge of the area isn’t extensive, even if I did grow up in the Bay Area. So lame right. For some reason my parents didn’t take me to Santa Cruz. Like. Ever. I inquired about this with my Mom as we sat on the beach this trip and she laughed and said maybe she spent enough time there in her teen years for the both of us. Hmmm. Allrighty then.

I booked our reservation by phone and you should too. Here is why. The online prices for this hotel are quite high. It runs about $300/night for a two queen room and up depending on what night you are looking at. I found much lower rates online so I called the hotel directly to see if they could price match and they offered me a lower rate of $239/night that I took.

Getting to the Dream Inn by way of my trusty GPS was precarious so make sure to familiarize yourself with a map of Santa Cruz before leaving. The boardwalk facing streets are one way and for some reason had me going \crazy ways and definitely not ending up anywhere near my destination. Parking at the hotel is valet or self park and both run $25 so save yourself the hassle and just valet. The beach is crazy and most parking is pricey.

Checking into the hotel I was immediately transported to another time. I completely relaxed and allowed myself to become part of the flow. This is a difficult task after spending almost four hours in a packed Subaru with two screaming tots. Our room was available early so we were able to drop our bags and find the pool. Midweek during the first week of summer the place was so quiet you could hear the waves crashing and the sea lions barking under the pier. We opted for a poolside lunch. The bar serves lunch and is ordered by way of a poolside bar cabana. Options were limited as expected and did have some nice options. We got turkey burgers with homemade chips and the kids got grilled cheese sandwiches (off menu) and fries. The bar itself is sparse. The only wine was a partially full box of wine so I went for a margarita instead. It came in a cheapie plastic cup which was sort of sad except the bartender made up for it. That was a completely surprisingly perfect margarita! Deserved. So deserved after that drive.

We spent the majority of the afternoon at the beach which is accessible from the pool area. There is one flight of steep stairs that leads right to the lifeguard protected stretch of sand that all the hotel rooms look out over. The beach has gentle waves as it is actually part of the Monterey Bay so it’s perfect for tots that just want to play in the sand and do some water time. The crowd around the beach is roughish at times. I stayed close to the lifeguard stand. Definitely don’t bring valuables and keep personal items to a minimum.

There is a basic outdoor shower just inside the door that leads back up the stairs to the pool area so you can shed some of the sand collected at the beach.

The fact that the beach is so close to your room really is kind of amazing. There aren’t many hotels in California with this set up and with toddlers it’s a game changer.

We retreated to our room. Got cleaned up and ordered room service for dinner. The adults got Cobb Salads and the kids got chicken fingers and vegetables. The salads were basic. Ingredients seemed fresh. The kids meals were more impressive and the vegetables were a nice variety and steamed and my tots polished them off without hesitation. I really don’t see vegetables like this offered to children much and it was a refreshing option! The room service staff was extremely polite and patient and gave me lots of options by phone. We took a stroll around the property after eating and got in our beds. Listening to the sound of the waves at night is magical and we were all ready to sleep.

There are two basic room designations to keep in mind. The tower rooms are further from the front desk and close to the adjacent cliff. We toured a tower room and it was exactly the same as ours except for location. For couples or anyone looking for privacy or romance. Stay in the tower rooms. They are definitely quieter and further away from the action. We stayed in one of the rooms in the non tower area or the poolside rooms. These rooms look directly out over the pool and beach. These rooms can be nosier and have more going on outside. There was a rowdy bonfire group in the evening except with our door closed we could barely hear anything. The kids loved being part of the action and liked being on this side of the hotel. There are also higher floor rooms and suites available.

Overall our stay at the Dream Inn was worth the room price. Being that close to the ocean with small children is no small feat and worth the extra money. The hotel is a restored historic property so it does seem a bit worn in some places and in need of some additional upkeep. Then again it is a beach hotel and gets sand happy guests nightly so keeping the place in top shape could not be the easiest of feats. The guest rooms are a mix of retro and new so expect what Joie de Vivre hotels are famous for. Authenticity and imagination. This hotel is deeply rooted in it’s authentic boardwalk past and used some creative imagination to give it a modern flair.

We chose to stay at the Dream Inn as part of a trip to get to know more about farming in the area and visit Gilroy Gardens. See more about this on a later post.

The Dream Inn is located at 175 W Cliff DrSanta Cruz, CA 95060 or can be reached at 831-426-4330