Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market

Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market History and Information

Since July 29, 2011, California farmers have been bringing their produce, nuts, flowers and olive oil to the Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market.

Originally located at the end of Downtown Plaza, Certified Farmers’ Markets of Sacramento coordinator Dan Best explained that businesses in nearby high rise buildings wanted the market closer. With the assistance of the Downtown Partnership, this pedestrian market was moved to its current location on Capitol Mall between 5th and 6th Streets.

Flanked by the state Capitol building to the east, the Tower Bridge to the west, and shaded by office buildings, this market draws growers from around the state.

Dan Best explained that growing area and climate prevent some crops from being grown in certain locations. Stone fruit, for example, isn’t grown in Los Angeles and citrus is grown on a micro scale in Sacramento. Others, like broccoli, only flower in mid-June.

On a recent Thursday, vendors from Fresno, Clarksburg, Hughson, Lincoln, West Sacramento, Watsonville, Oroville and Temecula offered familiar products – white and yellow peaches, apricots, tomatoes and corn. Others, like Loving Nature Farm, offered sweet French carrots, beets and sweet Japanese turnips. Floral bouquets were popular, and shoppers could purchase wine, olive oil or flavored nuts. Hot chili almonds and wasabi pistachios were among the nut offerings.

Participating vendors are required to have grown what is being sold. With about a dozen vendors, the Capitol Mall market is one of the smaller markets. It opens at 10 a.m., closes at 1:30 p.m. and runs May through September. Many local businesses adjacent to the farmers market also have Farmers’ Market specials during Market hours. The General Store and Deli located at the corner of 5th street and N Street has a lunch special on Market days.

Other Certified Farmers’ Markets in the central city are located at the east end of Capitol Park, Roosevelt Park, Fremont Park, Chavez Plaza and at 8th and W Streets. Markets in Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, south Sacramento and at Country Club Plaza are open year round.