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Visit the second annual Farm-to-Fork Festival at the Capitol Mall on Saturday, September 27 from 11am to 6pm. The festival offers a wide range of farm-to-fork offerings that are produced in the Sacramento area. Sample a variety of fish, meat, produce, cheese, olive oil, craft beer and wine from local purveyors and eateries. Live music, a kids’ zone with a petting zoo, interactive booths from local farms, ranches and grocers as well as cooking demonstrations will also be presented.
Presentations from a local favorite California Agricultural Inspector, Dozer, the black Labrador Retriever as well as from the Food Literacy Center will also occur at the event. The event is free to attend. Last year’s festival drew nearly 25,000 attendees.
This article is compliments of  the  General Store and Deli 500 Capitol Mall Suite #130 Sacramento, CA 95814. 
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CAPITOL MALL FARMERS’ MARKET
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.

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. 
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