Oak Park has successfully begun another year of farmers’ markets and here is the summary of a previous weeks event activities!
“The purpose of the Oak Park Farmers Market is to provide a space for community members around Oak Park and within Oak Park to actually access healthy fruits, vegetables, eggs, cheese,” said Joany Titherington, Oak Park Farmers Market Manager.
During the beginning of the day, a cooking demonstration was being held to show shoppers different dishes they could make with their farm-fresh ingredients.
Suburban Harvest had a booth selling vinegar, and The Drunken Loaf sold various types of bread. Heavy Dirt Farm had a vendor selling lettuces, strawberries, and herbs along with many other farmers, including RHJ Organics who offered strawberries as well.
“I am selling all sorts of mixed fruits and vegetables here at the Oak Park Farmers Market because I love the Oak Park community,” said Sarah McCamnan, a farmer with Heavy Dirt.
The market also had a live band playing at the festival, under a patio with tables to eat at. There were food stands to buy from as well as tables set up handing out pamphlets about other programs in the park.
The farmers market will be every Saturday until October, starting at 9:00 am and running until 12:00 pm. Different farmers come by every week to sell their produce offering different options to residents of the farm fresh foods this season.
The Oak Park Farmer’s Market is a big part of the Sacramento community. This was their last event for the season. Let check up on them to see what they been up to!
The Mack Road Farmers market is at 6100 Mack Road Sacramento, CA 95823 every Friday from 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM but only for two more weeks! Check them out in the video below and take a look at their facebook site here.
Oak Park’s farmers market is celebrating its 7th year and still running strong! On August 20th from 10 AM to 1 PM, they are hosting a Oak Park Skills Fair. It’s a great opportunity for community members to come show others their ability with food.
There is three competitions for anyone to participate in. At the Homegrown Produce event you can enter your own self-grown vegetable or fruit. The categories for this event are Largest Home Grown Veggie or Fruit, Ugliest Home Grown Veggie or Fruit, Smallest & Largest Egg, and Play with your food – Food Art. The other two events that community food growers may participate in are the photography challenge in which you take a picture of your garden and show it off and a cooking/baking event where you may enter either an appetizer, entree, dessert, jam, or non-alcoholic drink. Of course, all ingredients for your dish must be grown by you or bought from the Oak Park Farmers Market. There will also be a scavenger hunt for the kids where they may earn a fruit or veggie gift bag.
The reason for the fair and for the competition is a simple one; it’s to bring more attention to the need and the greatness that comes in locally grown, home-made food. The Oak Park Farmers Market has been around for a while now and continues to strive for community awareness and unity with food. Every week they’ve got live music, yoga classes, and local chef demonstrations. All of these efforts certainly do not go unnoticed as the community has worked hard over the past few years to make their goals a reality.
“NeighborWorks Sacramento met with Oak Park residents who wanted to achieve the dream of establishing a Farmers Market in Oak Park,” says Sharon Eghigian from NeighborWorks.
“NeighborWorks Sacramento worked closely with resident leaders, including Joany Titherington, a long-time leader and Oak Park Neighborhood Association Board member, to develop a plan for the Market. Several months later, after much hard work, NeighborWorks Sacramento launched the Oak Park Farmers Market in May 2010 with Joany Titherington as the Farmers Market Manager.” So if you’re a fan of locally grown food, or if you just want to have a good time with your community members and bond over the food and the love that it brings to your families, check out Oak Park Farmers Market at 3500 5th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95817, or attend the Skills Fair on August 20th starting at 10 AM. You can also visit their website here.
The Oak Park Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9AM – 1PM at McClatchy Park through October. Check out their farm-to-fork quality food options, as well as the live entertainment and cooking demonstrations before the program ends for this year.
On Friday, August 7th, North Natomas celebrated the grand opening of their farmers market at the North Natomas Regional Park. Although North Natomas already has a farmers market running on Saturday mornings, this is an additional, separate market in a different location. The addition of a second farmer’s market is great for the community because it promotes healthy living by providing the option of fresh and organic produce at an inexpensive cost.
For the event’s first day there was a large turnout. There were many things for a person of every age to do. The event provided face painting for children, a beer and wine garden for adults, and a live band playing music for everyone to enjoy. Vendors could been seen selling a variety of produce such as Italian ice, fruits and vegetables, and even fresh flowers. Prices ranged anywhere from $1 to $10, making fresh produce easily accessible and affordable.
“Great, great food from the food trucks!” said Allyson, a North Natomas community member who attended the event. “Produce is a bit limited, but a good amount for the first start.”
Local business and organizations also benefited from the farmers market. Local law enforcement was present enjoying their time and engaging with the community. A local wine and beer stand was selling alcohol with proceeds going to the Front Street Shelter. These were just some of the few ways that the community was giving back.
The farmers market is expected to run throughout October. Here is more information if you would like to attend the farmer’s market.
Location and time:
North Natomas Regional Park
4989 Natomas Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95835
Every Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Every Thursday, the UC Davis Health Systems Campus off of Stockton Boulevard in South Sacramento holds a community farmers market in their parking lot. With new agriculture reforms in Sacramento, farmers markets may be more popular than ever before.
Earlier this month Sacramento passed agricultural laws that allow its residents to grow and sell fruits and vegetables that were grown on their property. These locally grown healthy foods may start circulating around these farmers markets. Farmers markets are a good push towards making a healthy lifestyle easy.
I talked to Julie Gross, a physical therapist at the UC Davis Health System, and she says “We started the farmers market because want our staff to live healthy lives, and also as a community relations neighborhood outreach.” One of the goals of this farmers market is to make fresh foods available to the public.
The farmers market is filled with good times. This market contains vendors who sell products such as home-made soaps and hand woven baskets. There are stands where people can buy hot food to eat and people can enjoy some live music.
While the capital’s urban agriculture scene is making a comeback, many communities, especially in south Sacramento, are still being left behind. There are, however, many who are working to change that. The Mack Road Partnership and Kaiser Permanente have teamed up with others in the area to bring back the Mack Road Valley Hi Farmer’s Market on Center Parkway, open Thursdays 4 to 8 pm.
“The farmer’s market and the new community center are important additions to our South Sacramento community,” said Patricia Rodriguez, Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento. “Part of Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve.”
After recognition of partners who helped make the farmers market possible and the ceremonial ribbon cutting, the market was officially open for the season.
The farmers market offers live cooking demos, on top of a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, flowers and more, at sensible prices for one of the south Sacramento communities that needs it most. In addition, it accepts WIC and CalFresh/EBT thanks to Alchemist CDC, a non-profit that among other things helps introduce quality produce into low income areas. They will even match produce bought with these programs dollar-for-dollar.
The farmer’s market is an addition to the Partnership’s community center, which already has basketball courts donated by the Kings basketball team, a playground, and a chess club. These are all efforts on the part of the Mack Road Partnership to transform the community’s reputation as a low income, high crime area compared to the rest of the city.
Though the farmer’s market is a great addition to a struggling community, there is one thing it can always use more of: customers. Local vendors need the support of the community to not only come back, but to grow, so give the Mack Road’s community farmer’s market a try and stop by Center Parkway any Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00.
The Sacramento City Unified School District is working their hardest to make school lunches fresh and healthy. SCUSD is hosting an event called “California Thursdays”, the first of which will be held this Thursday at John Stille Elementary School from 7:30-10am. The event will consist of a free breakfast from 7:30-8am. The breakfast will include quesadillas, a fresh salad bar, yogurt, and fruit. Parents are welcome to come and bring their children to the breakfast and afterwards a farmers market.
SCUSD is collaborating with the Center of Ecoliteracy, other school districts, and community organizations to allow students to have fresh and healthy lunches. The fresh food will come from local farms that have fruits and vegetables.
The Center of Ecoliteracy is a non-profit that was founded in 1995 and focuses on education such as K-12. They also help other organizations such as foundations and filmmakers.
“I’m excited for having fresh food at our school,” says Elliana Rangel, a student in the SCUSD system.
SCUSD is also applying for a grant that will provide funding for the “California Thursdays.” This is SCUSD’s first “California Thursdays.”
Anyone who wised to attend this event should RSVP by following the instructions on the flyer that is attached.