Assorted tomatoes from Feeding Crane Farms in Natomas, CA. $3 a basket.
No Groping Allowed!
Peppers of all sorts were all over the market, including these ones from Feeding Crane Farms.
Dragon Tongue beans from Feeding Crane Farms. Cook them just like wax beans (pod and all). The flavor is a nutty and a bit sweet.
A big basket of okra from Feeding Crane Farms.
Get your Asian veggies from the Zhey's Farm booth. They had everything from Thai eggplants and bitter melon to bok choy. Most items were $1.50 per pound.
The giant pile of Thai chiles at Zhey's was particularly tempting.
Lagorio Farms in Linden, CA had some of the best looking pluots, plus juicy Yellow Freestone peaches, both only $1/pound.
Ferrari Farms in Linden, CA was stocked with a fresh-picked crop of apples, including Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith apples, all $1.75/pound.
Wholeness Farm from Lodi, CA had an impressive variety of produce including four types of cucumber (Armenian, Lemon, National, and Sweeter Yet); squash/zucchini (Ambassador, Cosata, Romanseco, Sunbeam, and Zephyr).
Red and White Potatoes
Another item from Wholeness Farms: mini red and white potatoes.
The pepper selection from Wholeness Farms was quite impressive, including options like Lilac, Yellow Cheesy, and Gypsy peppers, all $3/pound.
Grapes were widely available at the market from several farmers, including Smit Orchards in Linden, CA. The purple Summer Royal grapes were some of the tastiest, and just $2.50/pound.
Patrick's Garden had some of the nicest looking heirloom tomatoes, in different sizes and hues. Other items included fingerling poatoes and carrots, all for $2 a pound.
The most eye-catching items at the Beals Orchard display was baskets of figs, and these vibrant empress plums.
Twin Peaks Orchards from Newcastle, CA had an item no one else at the market was offering: Jujubes.
Grab some pears from Martinelli Hood Ranch, from Hood, CA... but get 'em quick. Several varieties, like the red bartlett, bosc, and asian pears were down to the last dozen.
Many, Many, Melons
Garden Hwy. Gardens from Sacramento had the largest selection of melons, including casaba, watermelon, honeydew, crenshaw, and orange delight.
Garden Hwy. Gardens also had tons of peppers, all for $1.50 a pound.
Jams and Sauces
Sunblest Orchards had all sorts of jams and sauces made from local fruit with no corn syrup. Jam flavors ranged from strawberry and white peach to "Raspberry Razzmatazz", while sauces included options like Fat Cat Pepper Sauce, with apricots and red chiles.
Pumpkins and Much More
Fall veggies were well represented at Vierra Farms in Yolo County (West Sacramento), which had a bounty of squash; large, medium, and baby sugar pumpkins; artichokes; brussels sprouts; heirloom and San Marzano tomatoes. The San Marzanos were on sale for 99 cents a pound.