Davis residents get a chance to go hog-wild on Saturday, March 1, as the Davis Farmers Market hosts Pig Day, one of its most popular annual celebrations.
The market opens at 8 a.m. in Central Park, Fourth and C streets, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., shoppers and visitors will find baby pigs to pet, people in pig costumes to dance with, and pig-out goods to enjoy.
Market manager Randii MacNear says Pig Day is her favorite market event.
“This year, our Pig Day celebration falls on the actual date of National Pig Day — March 1 — founded in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley, a teacher in Lubbock, Texas, and Mary Lynne Rave of Beaufort, N.C.
“Now in its 23rd year at the market, Pig Day is part of the Davis culture. It celebrates the pig’s rightful place as one of man’s most intelligent and useful domesticated animals. It’s also the only event of its kind in California.”
Pork and pig-themed foods will rule the day. A pork stir-fry made from Bledsoe pork and market vegetables will be whipped up at Sutter Davis Hospital’s live cooking station, and recipe cards will be available.
In addition, market food vendors will offer a wide array of pig-themed eats: Monticello Seasonal Cuisine’s pork ribs and pulled-pork sandwiches; Fat Face’s breakfast sammies (with bacon or pulled pork); The Hotdogger’s pigs-in-a-blanket; piggie pops (Upper Crust Bakery’s sweet French bread on a stick in the shape of a pig’s head); pig cookies; and bacon-flavored frozen confections from Davis Creamery and Fat Face.
The Yolo Food Bank also hosts a free farmer’s breakfast of pancakes, bacon and juice. Donations for the breakfast will benefit the local community.
Come pet the baby piglets from Woodland farmer Jim Neilson’s farm. Kids also can make piggie crafts at booths sponsored by Davis Parent Nursery School, Davis Community Church Nursery School and University Covenant Nursery School.
Davis artist Heidi Bekebrede also offers kids a chance to paint their own clay piggie bank for a fee. Bekebrede fires the painted piggie banks and kids can pick up their finished work at the market shed a few weeks after Pig Day.
Greenich’s Acres offers pony rides and a petting zoo (both for a fee), and MacNear makes her annual appearance as Ms. Piggie.
The Peter Franklin Band will offer crowd-pleasing Americana music on the oak tree deck from 8 a.m. to noon, with The Spokes, UC Davis’ only all-female a cappella group, taking the deck from noon to 1 p.m.
At the market shed, Regal Beezers will perform songs from “The Three Piggy Operetta” at 9:30 a.m., and “The Dance for Babies and Tots” at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.
For more information, visit www.davisfarmersmarket.org or call 530-756-1695.