Produce party

Illustration by Mark Stivers

It's farmers-market time. And although the city has yet to create a centralized 24-seven farmers market, the capital city is clearly crazy about fresh produce. Last Saturday, the new Midtown Farmers Market Sacramento—hosted by the Midtown Business Association—opened in the parking lot at 2020 J Street ( Offering produce, prepared foods and crafts, the market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, year-round. Sacramento's six seasonal Certified Farmers’ Markets (, which happen weekly from May to September (or October, in a few cases), also started up this month. They'll join five year-round Certified Farmers' Markets already happening every week. That's a dozen—and that number doesn't even include neighborhood farmers markets, like the year-round one at Carmichael Park on Sundays, Denio’s Farmers Market & Swap Meet in Roseville (, or the copious private and street-corner farm stands dotting the entire Sacramento Valley.