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Don’t miss these 4 Big Island Hawaii farmers markets

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One of the best parts of visiting a new area is sampling its unique foods. And when in Hawaii, what else gets top billing but fresh, ripe tropical fruits? Mangoes, papayas, pineapples, of course—but I was eager to find the exotic (for a mainlander!) dragon fruit with its bright pink skin and pure white flesh dotted with black seeds. And find them I did. In three varieties! On a recent…

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Cotati Farmers Market a refreshing summer treat

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Every Thursday afternoon in Cotati, California, the locals gather in La Plaza Park for the weekly farmers market–a bit of good, old-fashioned small town fun. The clean Sonoma County breeze is crisp and refreshing—a sweet mix of fir trees and kettle corn. The vendors all arrange themselves on the green grass of the park, with a bouncy house and pony rides for the kids set up behind the market. Certified…

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Napa Farmers Market: celebrity chef-worthy produce

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Before grabbing a gourmet breakfast or taking that first taste of wine in California’s premier wine country, make a stop at the Napa Farmers Market. You’ll find ample parking at 500 First Street (next to Oxbow Public Market) in the historic district of Napa. The certified farmers market runs from May through October on Tuesday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. The Napa summer mornings are quite delightful,…

Beautiful pink radishes from Fiddler’s Green Farm at Davis Farmers Market. Photos: Kristi Garrett

Davis, Calif. Farmers Market: The first in the country?

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If the farmers market in Davis, California’s Central Park isn’t the first in the country, it’s certainly one of the first. Founded in 1976 under the guidance of Ann Evans and Annie Main, the market is arguably the beating heart of the university town. On Wednesday evenings from spring through fall, the park is packed with families and locals who stroll over for the festival atmosphere during Picnic in the…

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Sacramento’s Soil Born Farms is a community affair that grows more than food

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Nestled between the American River and a cozy residential neighborhood, Sacramento’s Soil Born Farms is more than just a field of squash and kale. It’s one of a new breed of nonprofit agricultural enterprises, devoted to teaching community members where their food comes from, how to grow it, and best of all, how to enjoy it. All sustainably, of course. Attracted by the Saturday morning farm stand, residents stream in—some…