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Fresh from the farm

Placer County is abundant in farmers' markets
By: Aaron Tweeton, Page Designer
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Fresh veggies and fruit. The whiff of hot kettle corn. Live music and ambient hustle and bustle. All things to expect in your neighborhood farmers’ market in warmer seasons.

But what about the winter or early spring? Is it slim pickins’ due to seasonal closures of many markets? Not so with these year-round markets.

Finding year-round markets in Placer County

During the winter months, Auburn and Roseville are the places to go for fresh Placer grown produce.

Tuesdays in Roseville

  • When: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday year round
  • Where: The parking lot near Whole Foods and Peet’s Coffee at the Fountains, 1198 Roseville Parkway, Roseville.

Saturdays in Auburn

  • When: 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday year round
  • Where: Auburn-Folsom Road and Lincoln Way, Auburn

Look for the signs

At most PlacerGROWN farmers’ markets, vendors display a placard showing important information such as contact numbers, website addresses and where to follow on social media. This is handy if you want to contact the vendor, provide feedback, or order directly.

What to expect

You could easily turn a trip to the farmers’ market a date for brunch, followed by stocking up for a multiple-course meal at home. The variety of produce changes with the season, so check the PlacerGROWN website at placergrown.org to see what’s available. For early March, you can expect to find:

  • Fruit: apples, lemons, limes, mandarins, persimmons, pomegranates and oranges.
  • Vegetables: beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, kohlrabi, leeks, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, snap peas, turnips and squash.
  • Salad greens and herbs: arugula, Asian greens (bok choy, tat soi), collard greens, garlic, kale, lettuce, oregano, rosemary, scallions, spinach, sprouts, swiss chard, watercress, wheatgrass.

Regardless of the season eggs, honey, meats and coffee are available from various vendors. You’ll also find a number of prepared foods you can snack on while at the market, such as vegan pestos from Township Valley Farm, sprouted hummus from Zena Foods, single-serving treats from Andolin’s Pies, garlic spreads from Garlish, bottled kombucha from Nash’s, pastries from the Baker and the Cakemaker, and chocolate chip cookies from Foresthill Cookies using Benjamin Franklin’s original recipe (at least that’s what the folks at Foresthill Cookies said.)

More to ‘spring’ up this year

If you found the selection of available markets limiting, there’s more markets to come as the season warms up, especially in June. Here’s a list of PlacerGROWN markets and when you can visit them.

Auburn

  • When: Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. begining June 28
  • Where: DeWitt Center, at Richardson Drive and B Avenue

Lincoln

  • When: Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon begining May 24
  • Where: 9654 Orchard Creek Lane
  • When: Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. begining June 15
  • Where: F Street between Fifth and Sixth streets

Loomis

  • When: Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon begining June 1
  • Where: The parking lot at Taylor’s Burger and Shake Shop, 3636 Taylor Road

Granite Bay

  • When: Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. begining May 28
  • Where: Quarry Ponds Town Center, 5550 Douglas Blvd.

Rocklin

  • Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. near RC Willey at Blue Oaks Center, 6636 Lonetree Blvd. Starts June 3.

Direct Farm to fork

If you’ve got a schedule that prevents you from visiting the farmers’ markets available this time of year, you can often work out purchasing directly from the farm. Finding local produce is easy using the PlacerGROWN  website at placergrown.org.

How to find local produce and other items on PlacerGrown.org

There’s two ways to find items on the PlacerGROWN website. The first is by clicking the magnifying glass icon on the website and typing in what you’re looking for. You’ll see a list of all the results, which will include vendors and recipes that show the item you’re looking for.

Another way to find things is by using the menu. Click on Local Farmers in the top menu, and see a page where you can filter by name or product. If you check off a product and click the Filter button, you’ll then see a list of farmers and vendors that sell who product, along with contact information such as email, phone number or website. You’ll also see keywords next to each listed vendor. If you click on a keyword, you can see a list of vendors and recipes related to that keyword, which can be handy for finding culinary inspiration for what’s in season.

Find more articles about PlacerGROWN at auburnjournal.com/keywords/placergrown.