Folsom, California is host to a pleasant farmers market at the railroad turntable in historic downtown.
One of seven markets managed by BeMoneySmartUSA, the Folsom Farmers Market runs each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., across from 915 Sutter Street. It’s open year-round, rain or shine.
The Sierra foothills town of Folsom sprang up during the California gold rush and is perhaps best known for its prison (thanks to Johnny Cash) and lake on the American River, which recently has been exposing its pre-dam foundations thanks to the state’s four-year drought.
The Historic Folsom Farmers Market retains much of that small-town feel and is very easy to visit, with plenty of free parking available in the adjacent parking garage.
The vendors here are varied and friendly, offering up samples and details about their organic fruits and vegetables, baked goods, preserved fruits, meats and cheeses, teas, crafts, fresh flowers, eggs, honey, mushrooms, nuts, oil and vinegar, and starter plants.
One of the original vendors is Carolyn Boyd, whose Butte Mountain Farm produces fruits and vegetables, fresh herbs, seedlings of vegetables and flowers, organic eggs and meats, and beeswax candles.
Teresa Koslosky’s jams, crafted right in her Orangevale kitchen, are made from fruits grown on her property or acquired at farmers markets and other trusted sources. A taste of her thick blackberry jam, made refreshingly low-sugar with berries bursting with flavor, just begs for a biscuit.
An elaborate display of vegetables from Rio de Parras Organics sports colorful cauliflower and rainbow chard, and super-sweet navel oranges from J & J Ramos Farms demand a stop.
Crafts round out the vendors’ wares, leading down to the picnic tables and bandstand at the lower end of the market.
On this day, guitarist Jordan Lewinski adds to the market’s pleasant atmosphere. I’m no music critic, but as a tried-and-true Joni Mitchell lover, I fell right into Jordan’s polished indie soundtrack. (Hear more from Jordan on SoundCloud.)
The market’s seasonal farmers are due to return soon with stone fruits, says market manager Allan D’Anneo.
“We’re anxiously awaiting cherries,” he says.