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Plenty of fresh veggies available in Placer County

Some markets open year-round
By: Susan Belknap, Special to the Press Tribune
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It’s that time of year. Summertime. The weather is hot, the kids are out of school and the Placer County Farmers Markets are open.

While Auburn and Roseville boast year-round markets near the courthouse in Auburn and at the Fountains in Roseville, several additional venues have opened for the season as well. Carol Arnold, executive director of the Foothill Farmers’ Market Association said the farmers are looking forward to a busy season.

“Our Foothill Farmers’ Market Association is proud to feature PlacerGROWN products,” she said. “Nationally, attendance at farmers’ markets is up 17 percent and on a local level we’re definitely seeing more interest as well. We’re thrilled that more people are getting the message about the importance of eating local fruits and vegetables as a way to stay healthy.”

“This is a perfect time for Placer County residents to take advantage of all the fruits and vegetables the county has to offer,” said Bob Bonk, president of the Foothill Farmers’ Market Association. “The products at our markets have such a high level of freshness that you just can’t get anywhere else.”

For Roseville residents, Mahany Park, located in the parking lot of the Martha Riley Public Library, is now open Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. until the end of the summer. This venue is in addition to the Tuesday morning market held at the Fountains from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both locations feature farm-fresh produce as well as dozens of specialty items including breads, salad dressings and marinades and olive oils.

Granite Bay residents can take advantage of the Foothill Farmers’ Market each Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Oct. 31 at the Quarry Ponds Center, located on Douglas Boulevard in Granite Bay. A variety of farmers participate in this weekly market including Marilyn Williamson of Beauty Ranch in Lincoln. Williamson said Beauty Ranch is currently preparing the rush of tomatoes, which are always extremely popular during the summer months according to Williamson.

Josh Huntsinger, Placer County agricultural commissioner, said this is just the beginning of the summer harvest for Placer County farmers.

“With the opening of so many markets throughout the county, there is bound to be a location convenient for all Placer County residents,” Huntsinger said.

For more information about the Foothill Farmers’ Market Association, visit www.foothillfarmersmarket.com. To learn more about PlacerGROWN, go to www.placergrown.org.

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SATURDAY

Auburn: Old Town Courthouse Parking Lot
Auburn-Folsom Road at Lincoln Way
OPEN YEAR ROUND, 8 a.m. to noon

Rocklin: Blue Oaks
RC Willey at Blue Oaks Center
6636 Lonetree Blvd.
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Nov. 17

SUNDAY

Granite Bay: Quarry Ponds Town Center
5550 Douglas Blvd.
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 30

TUESDAY

Roseville: Whole Foods Market at the Fountains
Galleria Boulevard and East Roseville Parkway
OPEN YEAR-ROUND, 8:30 a.m. to 1.pm.

Truckee: Truckee River Regional Park
10500 Brockway Road off Highway 267
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 25

Kings Beach: Kings Beach SRA
Highway 28 at Bear Street
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Aug. 28

Roseville: Downtown Roseville
Vernon and Lincoln streets
5-9 p.m. through July 31

WEDNESDAY

Auburn: DeWitt Center
Bell Road and First Street
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Oct. 31

Lincoln: Lincoln Hills
965 Orchard Creek Lane
8 a.m. to noon, end date TBD

Foresthill
Foresthill market has been cancelled for 2012

THURSDAY

Folsom: Whole Foods at the Palladio
East Bidwell Street and Iron Point Road
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Feb 23

Lincoln: Downtown Lincoln
F Street, between 5th and 6th streets
5-8 p.m., end date TBD

Roseville: Mahany Park
1545 Pleasant Grove Blvd.
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Aug. 30

Tahoe City: Commons Beach
Commons Beach Road and North Lake Boulevard
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 27

Truckee PM: Donner Pass near the train station
5 -8 p.m. through Aug. 23