As UC Davis students return, the Davis Farmers Market is busy ­– especially on Saturdays. Executive Director Randii MacNear reminds patrons that the best way to beat the crowds is to shop early.

Pro tip: Though Saturday hours are advertised as 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., most sellers are set up and ready by 7:30 a.m. The market is busiest after 9:30 a.m.

Davis is known for its farmers markets, especially its flagship Saturday market in Central Park, 301 C St. Alternatives include:

  • The Wednesday market, from 3 to 6 p.m. in Central Park. (The seasonal Picnic in the Park and UC Davis Farmers Market are on hold during COVID-19).
  • The Sutter Davis Hospital Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 29 at the hospital entrance, 2000 Sutter Place, Davis.

Looking ahead, the annual Pre-Thanksgiving Market will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 25 in Central Park. To keep up, follow it on Facebook or Instagram.