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March in California. Tot Friendly Food Festivals and Events.

March is here! After a break over the winter we are back and it’s time to start planning for weekend tot friendly family activities. There aren’t many events yet, since weather is changeable this time of year, so make sure to plan early for the events that are happening in our area. If there isn’t any events that your family can attend make sure to get out and support your local farmer’s market or farmstand.

 

Sacramento and Surrounding Area

Davis Pig Day

March 5, 2016, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fourth and C streets in Davis, CA
Pig Day, celebrating all things pork at the Davis Farmer’s Market along with celebrating local agriculture, local farmers and local foods. Bring your appetites for individually priced items from vendors, including breakfast sammies (with bacon or pulled pork), pigs-in-a-blanket, pork fried rice with vegetables, pork ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, piggy pops (French bread on a stick shaped like a pig’s head), pig cookies and bacon-flavored “frozen confections.”
A petting zoo of piglets and other children’s activities will be on site, as well.
http://www.davisfarmersmarket.org

Soil Born Farms Early Spring Plant Sale

March 19, 2016, 9:00am – 01:30pm
Sacramento, CA
Fill your early spring garden with seasonal vegetables, flowers, medicinal and/ culinary herbs and edible perennials, including fruit trees.
www.soilbornfarms.com

Bay Area and Beyond

Petaluma Artisan Cheese Festival Cheese Tasting and Marketplace
March 20, 2016
Petaluma, CA
The last day of the Petaluma Artisan Cheese Festival and one the tots can participate in. A day under the big top for an afternoon like no other! Meet over 90 artisan producers and experience the best of local cheese, wine, beer, ciders and other specialty foods. Discover the next wave of interesting cheese accompaniments, cheesemaking products and books. Pick up new recipes, tips and tricks at chef demos scheduled throughout the day. Bring your pocketbook as there will be an opportunity to purchase your favorite cheeses and artisan products. Your ticket includes admission, access to chef demos and author book signings, the coveted Artisan Cheese Festival insulated cheese tote bag and a festival wine glass. $45 per person, $20 for kids 12 and under.
http://artisancheesefestival.com/

Sacramento Farmer’s Market. (Sacramento, CA)

1452555425_full.jpegThere are no farmer’s markets in our town during the winter so we have to get out to find local fruit and vegetables. One of the largest markets in Sacramento is the Sacramento Farmer’s Market on Sunday that takes place under the freeway at 10th St. and W St.

1452555700_thumb.jpegWe have been going to this market since we moved to the Sacramento area almost 10 years ago. It’s known for being one of the least expensive markets with bulk fruit and vegetable selections from around California available for prices that seem to be slightly less than some of the other local markets.

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There are olive oil vendors, honey vendors, wineries, bakeries and more each weekend and the market gets larger and smaller depending on the season.

Some of our favorite purchases this weekend were large 10 lb. bags of mandarins and oranges, kiwis, broccoli, eggs and pretzels.

Parking is available in free lots surrounding the market along with outhouse style restrooms.

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The Sacramento Central Farmer’s Market is located at 8th and W St. and runs from 8:00 am- 12 pm year-round.

Eat Local. November.

November started with decent rain and cooler days. This means summer favorites like tomatoes are going to be disappearing soon. The wet weather forces farmers to pick tomatoes before the rain to prevent disease. Look for fall crops in local markets like apples, winter squash, persimmons and more.

Market availability varies by region. This is a general guide for Northern California based on Bay Area and Sacramento growers. (more…)

Eat Local. October.

Pumpkins at Davis RanchOctober in California means summer crops are starting to dwindle and cooler weather offerings are starting to come to local markets. Here is our list of what we have been seeing around.

Market availability varies by region. This is a general guide for Northern California based on Bay Area and Sacramento growers.

Summer Crops Making Their Exit

These selections are entering the last phase of their season so grab them while you can or wait until next year.

Basil
Eggplant
Melons
Peppers
Plums
Summer squash
Tomatoes

Fall Favorites

These selections are right at the peak or middle of their season so find them and try out some new recipes while availability is widespread.

Almonds
Apples
Beans
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Celery
Chard
Lettuce
Onions
Oranges
Pears
Persimmons
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Winter squash

Eat Local. July.

It’s July and farmer’s markets and farms are open all over Northern California. Get out and find what is growing in your neighborhood.

Market availability varies by region. This is a general guide for Northern California based on Bay Area and Sacramento growers.

Summer Favorites Available Now
These summer favorites are in the peak of their growing season now.

Basil
Beans
Blackberries
Corn
Cucumbers
Nectarines
Peaches
Peppers
Plums
Snow Peas
Squash
Tomatoes

Late Spring Selections
These favorites are almost gone so get them while you can.

Apricots
Blueberries
Carrots

New Additions
These selections are making their July appearance.

Corn
Nectarines
Peaches

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.

Eat Local. April.

It’s spring!  We have had a warm winter and early spring so some farms are experiencing earlier harvests.  Here is our guide to shopping locally this month.

Market availability varies by region.  This is a general guide for Northern California based on Bay Area and Sacramento growers.

 

 

Fall and Winter Favorites
These selections are entering the last phase of their season so grab them while you can or wait until next year.

Apples
Pears
Potatoes
Citrus

Spring Favorites
These selections are right at the peak or middle of their season so find them and try out some new recipes while availability is widespread.

Artichokes
Asparagus
Avocados
Broccoli
Carrots
English peas
Fava beans
Radishes
Sorrel
Spinach
Spring onions
Strawberries

New Additions
These selections are making their debut now so find them and explore some choices we haven’t seen since last spring.

Parsley
Shallots
Spring Onions

 

 

 

 

Farmer’s Market. Historic Folsom. (Folsom, CA)

Since our city doesn’t have a farmer’s market this time of year we are always trying new places to do our weekly shopping.  This week it was a completely amazing day to head down to Historic Folsom to the Saturday morning market.  If you haven’t been to this market it’s a perfect blend of small size and organic options.  The best part of being in Historic Folsom is it is a short 5 minute drive off Highway 50 and has lots of tot friendly diversions besides food shopping.

My older tot loves trains.  He has visited the Folsom Railroad Museum since we first moved to this area and he doesn’t seem to get tired of it.  If you have a 2-6 year old boy.  I guarantee he would like it too!  The museum is only open on weekends from 11:00 am-4:00 pm and is a short walk from the Historic Folsom parking garage by the market.  On your way over you can also look at the Historic Folsom Turntable that allowed trains that had hit the end of the Sacramento Valley Railroad to turn around and head back the way they came.

Once you have your fill of trains you can walk down the streets of the Historic Folsom District and window shop, grab a coffee or peruse antiques.

Need quick tot friendly place to get a snack or lunch?  We recommend Karen’s Bakery across from the parking garage for homemade pastries, coffee or locally inspired breakfast and lunch options.  There is counter service with indoor or outdoor patio dining.  Karen’s can get crowded so sometimes it is best to select some pastries and premade salads and take them to go for later.  For restaurant style dining right on Sutter St. we love the Sutter Street Grill.  There is plenty of tot friendly indoor and outdoor seating and the funky decor makes it a worry free choice.  The portions are huge so spliting entrees with tots is a cost saving hint.  We love their omelets and biscuits.

 


Folsom Historic District Farmer’s Market

Saturdays Year-Round
8:00 am-1:00 pm
915 Sutter St.
Folsom, CA

Folsom Railroad Museum
Saturdays Year-Round
11:00 am-4:00 pm
198 Wool St.
Folsom, CA

 

Eat Local. March.

Even though it might seem like spring, we have three more weeks of winter to go.  This has been a warmer winter so some farms are experiencing earlier harvests.  Here is our guide to shopping locally this month.

Market availability varies by region.  This is a general guide for Northern California based on Bay Area and Sacramento growers.

Fall and Winter Favorites
These selections are entering the last phase of their season so grab them while you can or wait until next year.

Apples
Pears
Potatoes
Some citrus
Winter Squash

Peak Late Winter Favorites
These selections are right at the peak or middle of their season so find them and try out some new recipes while availability is widespread.

Baby Carrots
Beets
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Fennel
Grapefruit
Kohlrabi
Kale
Lemons
Lettuce
Mandarins
Radishes
Sorrel
Spinach
Turnips

New Additions
These selections are making their debut now so find them and explore some choices we haven’t seen since last spring.

Artichokes
Asparagus
Fava Beans

Tot tip of the month.  It’s been a long winter.  Our tots are so relieved to finally be able to pick out their own selections at our local farms and markets.  It’s amazing to watch them pick out the food we are buying and then make the connection that what is one their plate is what we bought together.  Start conversations at the dinner table about what you are eating.  When we remind our tots about where their asparagus came from they stop being disgusted and start being interested about what is in front of them.  They are eager to try vegetables they picked out and are often surprised that they (gasp) actually LIKE it.  We tell stories about the farm we visited and as we relate our favorite stories together dinner becomes less of a battle ground and more of a family experience.  My picky four year old has decided that this year he loves asparagus and even stole his sister’s last spear when she announced she was full.

 

March. Tot Friendly Food Festivals and Farming Events.

March is here and it’s time to start planning your weekend tot friendly family activities.  There aren’t many events yet, since weather is changeable this time of year, so make sure to plan early for the events that are happening in our area.  If there isn’t any events that your family can attend make sure to get out and support your local farmer’s market or farmstand.

Sacramento and Surrounding Area

Pig Day

Photo Courtesy of Davis Farmer’s Market

Davis Pig Day

March 7, 2015, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fourth and C streets in Davis, CA
Pig Day, celebrating all things pork at the Davis Farmer’s Market along with celebrating local agriculture, local farmers and local foods.  Bring your appetites for individually priced items from vendors, including breakfast sammies (with bacon or pulled pork), pigs-in-a-blanket, pork fried rice with vegetables, pork ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, piggy pops (French bread on a stick shaped like a pig’s head), pig cookies and bacon-flavored “frozen confections.”
A petting zoo of piglets and other children’s activities will be on site, as well.
http://www.davisfarmersmarket.org

Soil Born Farms Early Spring Plant Sale

March 21, 2015, 9:00am – 01:30pm
Sacramento, CA
Fill your early spring garden with seasonal vegetables, flowers, medicinal and/ culinary herbs and edible perennials, including fruit trees.
www.soilbornfarms.com

Bay Area and Beyond

Petaluma Artisan Cheese Festival Cheese Tasting and Marketplace
March 22, 2015
Petaluma, CA
The last day of the Petaluma Artisan Cheese Festival and one the tots can participate in.  A day under the big top for an afternoon like no other! Meet over 90 artisan producers and experience the best of local cheese, wine, beer, ciders and other specialty foods. Discover the next wave of interesting cheese accompaniments, cheesemaking products and books. Pick up new recipes, tips and tricks at chef demos scheduled throughout the day. Bring your pocketbook as there will be an opportunity to purchase your favorite cheeses and artisan products. Your ticket includes admission, access to chef demos and author book signings, the coveted Artisan Cheese Festival insulated cheese tote bag and a festival wine glass. $45 per person, $20 for kids 12 and under.
http://artisancheesefestival.com/