My discovery of the Chavez Plaza Farmers Market in downtown Sacramento was purely by accident, and it ended up being the absolute best kind. The entire park was ringed with vendor booths, all stocked with such a wide variety of produce that it was like summer and fall happening simultaneously. You could still get your hands on a beautiful basket of strawberries (the last of the season), while picking up early harvest apples or a pumpkin.
Plus, everything is rather cheap. Most items, including apples, stone fruits, and peppers, were about $1.50 a pound, and in some cases, even less. I'm not sure how much produce costs in Sacramento's supermarkets, but I'm used to spending twice that at my local farmers market in San Diego.
Another great feature of the market is you can also get tough-to-find items like baskets of ground cherries, nopales (cactus) and padron peppers.
There were also prepared foods like falafel, tamales, and Chinese food, plus several vendors selling bread, and one selling cookies (but they were all sold-out shortly after lunchtime).
The Chavez Plaza Farmers Market is located at Cesar Chavez Plaza Park, at 10th & J Streets in downtown Sacramento (map), it's open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May to October.
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Berries (but not for much longer)
About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax