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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

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. 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.