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Farmers’ Market

The Davis Farmers’ Market was started in 1975 by a small group of local organic farmers and community members. It was created with the objective to support local farmers while providing consumers with fresh, locally grown produce. The creation of the DFM was closely connected with the establishment of the Davis Food Co-Op, and in 1976, the City of Davis passed an ordinance to create an official framework for the DFM to operate within the city. After the California Department of Food and Agriculture established statewide regulations for direct marketing and certification of farmers’ markets in 1977, it became one of the first four certified farmers’ markets in the state.

The Davis Farmers’ Market is now among the largest farmers’ markets in California, with an average of 85 vendors every Saturday. Over the course of the year, 180 different vendors attend the market. Operating year-round, the Saturday market attracts 5,000 to 7,000 people each week, and up to 10,000 during special events.

The market still operates in its original Central Park location, but many improvements have been made to the park. For instance, in 1984, a covered structure was built by the city of Davis, which now houses a large portion of the market’s vendors and makes year-round operation more viable.

The market has become such an important part of the Davis community that today it is difficult for many people to imagine the community without the market. An area of the market open to community groups and political organizations and candidates has given a strong voice to local politics and community issues.

Weekly events at the market, such as cooking demonstrations with food tasting and free recipes, provide education for the community about nutrition, diet, health and agriculture.

Market hours:
Year-round: Saturdays, 8am-1pm
March-October: Wednesdays, 4:30-8:30pm

Market location:
Central Park, 4th and C streets

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