Thursday, July 24, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Is Letterman next? Davis Farmers Market makes another national top 10 list

By
From page A1 | July 19, 2012 |

Locals and visitors alike love the Davis Farmers Market, which takes place Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons in Central Park, Fourth and C streets downtown. Farm-fresh produce, live music, a food fair, children's activities, craft vendors and booths by community organizations add to the overall experience. Courtesy photo

Another year, another honor for the Davis Farmers Market.

The local landmark added to its growing list of accolades this month when it was tapped as one of the nation’s top 10 farmers markets by U.S. News Travel. The national publication made its decision “based on reputation, versatility, online user reviews and overall atmosphere.”

“It’s always absolutely great to get recognition for the market, the city really,” said Randii MacNear, the market manager. “It’s also fun to see who else is on the list.”

The Davis Farmers Market ranked fifth on the poll, which featured markets from eight states. California also took the top spot with the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco. New York had two selections: No. 2 Union Square Greenmarket in New York City and No. 10 Windmill Farmers Market in Finger Lakes, N.Y. At No. 3 was the Portland (Ore.) Farmers Market, and Chicago’s Green City Market was No. 4.

Noting that Davis’ market was tucked in with those of many large cities, MacNear said, “It shows that good things come in small packages.”

MacNear, who is originally from New York, has visited both the New York and Ferry Plaza markets.

“The Ferry Plaza market, landscape-wise, is so stunning,” MacNear said. “You can see the bridge, the water; it’s such a beautiful setting.

“It’s a similar idea with (Davis’) Central Park,” she added. “There are so many trees; it’s so beautiful.”

In May, Gretchen Mais of the American Farmland Trust named Davis among her top 10 picks with Larry Bleiberg of USA Today.

“(Farmers markets are) a place for conversation and music and to taste the actual flavor of the region,” she told USA Today. “You may not be buying sweet chard on your vacation to bring back to your hotel, but a lot of times you can buy a salad from the market to have right there.”

Mais noted the extreme social atmosphere created by Central Park’s expansive lawn, which allows for things like Frisbee tossing and children running.

In 2009, the Davis Farmers Market was voted America’s Favorite Farmers Market in a competition sponsored by the American Farmland Trust. In 2010, Davis was No. 2 behind Union Square.

The Davis Farmers Market has been a downtown staple since 1975 when it was founded by local family farmers looking for a way to sell their produce directly to the public. It is open Saturdays year-round from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 21 through Oct. 24, switching to 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 through March 14.

Central Park is a Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis.

— Reach Kim Orendor at korendor@davisenterprise.net or (530) 747-8082.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Teens lead the way in fight against cancer

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
     
    USDA predicts record almond haul in California

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Consumption guidelines for Cache Creek fish updated

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A3

    Diplomas all around for professor and sons

    By Dave Jones | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Museum sells market bags as fundraiser

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    City of Davis recruits for its advisory commissions

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Local singer/songwriter will perform Friday on KDRT

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Davis Flea hosts night market Sunday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Free technology help offered to seniors

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Contestants sought for Yolo County Fair Queen contest

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Parents can learn all about IEPs

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Zip Book: Request it, read it, return it

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Forum

    Don’t tell me I can’t help him

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Water trains through Davis

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Water storage must be a priority

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    The real problem isn’t conflict, it’s violent conflict management

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

     
    Act now to support middle school students

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    .

    Sports

    UCD coach has navigated a Maze of experiences

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Lethargic and roster thin, Post 77 loses Area 1 opener

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    Pence outscores Phillies

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Quincy Amarikwa: years in the making

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Area sports briefs: Nelson earns All-Academic honors

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

     
    Youth roundup: Aftershock finishes second in tournament

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

    Majka makes winning look easy

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    Name Droppers: Transportation fellowship goes to Aggie

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Arts

    ‘South Pacific’ storyline still making waves

    By Bev Sykes | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    ‘The Miracle Worker’ auditions set for WOH

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday, July 24, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B8