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Kiwifruit’s the thing at Ariza Farms in Orland

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Perhaps you’ve passed up those odd-looking fuzzy brown fruits at the market. Kiwifruit, or just kiwi, don’t do as much to advertise their sweetness as, say, a rosy peach. I’ll admit I’ve never been a big fan of kiwis. But I was won over the other day when Mike Ariza handed me a taste at the Certified Farmers Market at Laguna Gateway Center in Elk Grove, south of Sacramento. Picked…

Land Park Farmers Market creates a sensation in Sacramento suburbs

Land Park Farmers Market creates a sensation in Sacramento suburbs

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If ever there was a neighborhood ready for a farmers market, Land Park in Sacramento, California’s southern suburbs is it. Despite the cool fall weather, the crowds flocked to the grand opening of the Land Park Farmers Market on November 23. It’s an ideal location for a market, with vendors set up along the park’s empty streets that are usually used as parking for the nearby Sacramento City College. It…

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Kids are the farmers at this novel school market

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Their backpacks brimming with chard, the smiling students at Waggoner Elementary School in Winters, California are some of the happiest farmers market shoppers I’ve seen. Each Tuesday, the kids line up after school to “shop” at this innovative market provided by the Yolo Food Bank. It’s another way to help children in the county — 65 percent of whom are eligible for free and reduced-price meals — have access to nutritious fresh…

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Always a festival at San Luis Obispo farmers market

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Midweek evenings can be quiet in the downtown shopping corridor of many towns, but that’s certainly not the case in San Luis Obispo on Thursdays. Five blocks of Higuera Street are closed to traffic, allowing crowds of pedestrians to enjoy a thriving farmers market and food vendors galore. Students from Cal Poly — the nickname of California Polytechnic State University, one of the nation’s premier agricultural schools — help keep the atmosphere…

Santa Monica’s model farmers markets inspire culinary creativity

Santa Monica’s model farmers markets inspire culinary creativity

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An early entry to the farmers market movement in the early 1980s, the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market retains its title as one of California’s best. Year-round on Wednesday mornings, stroll down Arizona Avenue between 4th Street and Ocean Avenue in the seaside province and you’ll see everyone from chefs and produce buyers to office workers and retirees loading their larders for the coming week, many with large bouquets of…