Fall Festival comes to the Market Sat., Oct. 25th, 8 am - 1 pm!
This year's Fall Festival is better than ever. Show off your kids' Halloween costumes. Pet baby pigs. Pick a pumpkin & paint it. Ride ponies. Make free crafts. Play at interactive science exhibits. Get up close & personal with rescued raptors. Eat pie-by-the-slice.
Kids Costume Parade at 11 am starts at the 14-foot-tall inflatable Black Cat & is sponsored by Sutter Davis Hospital. Davis Soroptimists, Explorit Science Museum, California Raptor Center, UC Davis Chem Club, UC Davis Rotaract & Davis High School FFA, plus Norwood, West Plainfield & Golden Valley 4-H bring all kinds of kids' activities & fun. Music by Peter Franklin. Central Park Gardens gives out FREE seeds, hosts a plant sale & Native Bees & Pollinators Exhibit, plus a FREE Kids Seed-Planting Activity. Check out our Big Attractions--our 14-foot Big Black Barn Cat & our 5-foot pumpkin & our little ones, too: a miniature horse & a miniature cow in the petting zoo.
Come celebrate local food, local ag & the harvest season at the Market!
Squashes, Pumpkins & Pie on News 10's Sac&Co on Oct 16
Watch market manager Randii MacNear and Sac&Co host Melissa Paul talk and taste and taste squashes and pumpkins and a chocolate pumpkin pie on Sacramento News 10's Sac&Co on October 16: Here's the link.
Market launches "Go Green, Feel Good" campaign to reduce plastic bag use
Davis Farmers Market "Go Green, Feel Good" campaign–which launched Saturday, July 19 at the Market–takes a stand against plastic bags with the hope of showing shoppers a better way. The City of Davis passed the "Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance" on November 12 last year, and it went into effect on July 1. The ordinance bans single-use plastic bags at all retail, restaurant and city facilities in Davis. Even though the ordinance exempts plastic bags used for bulk items–produce, candy, nuts, cereals, donuts, cookies, etc.–and for meat, frozen food and potted plants, the Market is focusing on showing shoppers a better way to shop.
Randii MacNear adds, "That means shopping without using plastic bags whenever you can."
Davis Farmers Market purchased 7,000 reusable mesh bags–packaging and labels branded with Market's name–for the "Go Green, Feel Good" campaign with plans to give several thousand to market vendors to give their customers, and give another few thousand directly to shoppers. Shoppers can also purchase the bags in packages of three (three bags for $3) at the Market Shed at the Wednesday and Saturday Markets until supplies run out.
The first mesh bag giveaway to shoppers was at the Market on Saturday, July 19. The first 500 shoppers who stopped by the Market Shed received a free package of three reusable mesh bags. Bag giveaways are also planned for upcoming Wednesday and Saturday markets (dates TBA).
Want to know how to shop the Market without using plastic bags? Here's how. Thanks to Diane Parro for hosting our video!
Picnic in the Park Concert Season: Wednesdays, 4:30-8:30 pm
Break out those picnic blankets and baskets for 33 weeks of the Picnic in the Park concert season, March 19 through October 29, Wednesdays 4:30-8:30 pm. Enjoy local music, shop the market, chow down on crazy-good food-to-go from the International Food Faire, plus entertain the kids with bounce houses, Rocknasium's rock-climbing wall, face-painting, the bicycle-powered carousel and more. New food vendors include Village Bakery (farm-fresh pizzas), Davis Food Co-op (veggie wraps), Our House (farm-fresh fare), and Montoya's Tamales (tamales, burritos & more). Davis Soroptimists offer local beer and wine. Davis Food Co-op sponsors our Picnic in the Park music.
Music starts at 5 pm and continues until dusk. Here's the music schedule.
Documentary about Davis Farmers Market goes public on YouTube
The 27-minute documentary about our Market–-–-is now available for viewing on YouTube.
Postcards on Sale
Eight full-color postcards are now on sale at the Market Shed during Market hours. Each postcard features people and scenes of Davis's well-loved farmers market. Postcards are 50¢ each, or $3.00 for a package of all eight designs.
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