On March 13, 2022, readers of The Davis Enterprise named the Davis Farmers Market the Best Community Event and Best Fresh Produce in Yolo County.

Shoppers check out the pomegranates, pears, citrus and more at Ahmad Farms’ stand at a Wednesday Davis Farmers Market. (Photo by Wendy Weitzel)

Year-round in downtown Davis, thousands gather each week to shop for what is grown, raised and made locally. Since 1976, the Davis Farmers Market has connected and supported communities, area agriculture, farmers and artisan food producers. It educates the public about nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and the local economic value of buying food and products directly from the producer.

The Davis Farmers Market, at 301 C St. in Central Park, draws locals and tourists alike. It’s often a model for the thousands of farmers markets across the country.

Open year-round, rain or shine, the market offers an array of fruits and vegetables, including certified organic produce, meats, chicken, seafood, wine, local eggs and honey, fresh-baked goods, flowers, plants and gifts. Everything sold in the market is either grown by or made by the seller. More than 70 percent of vendors come from a one-hour radius of Davis.

Market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, and 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. In spring and summer, it stays open till 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

The market responded quickly to the pandemic, providing a safe and compliant outdoor marketplace for the community.

The Davis Farmers Market Alliance also manages farmers markets at UC Davis, Sutter Davis Hospital and Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. And Davis Farm to School program provides farm- and garden-based education, increases farm-fresh foods in school meals, and reduces solid waste through recycling and composting. For more information, visit https//davisfarmersmarket.org or visit it on Facebook or Instagram.