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One of the most important political and economic decisions we make every day is what to eat. Buying locally produced food strengthens the local economy and allows you to know exactly how your food is grown.

 

At Vierra Farms, our produce is harvested for flavor and nutrition, not for long distance shipping with packaging restrictions.  It differs from week to week depending on what Mother Nature has been up to.  We provide your table with natural produce, picked when it was ready for your kitchen.

Visit our produce stand starting the first week in June through the end of October for all your farm fresh favorites. And, make sure you ask about our famous Black Seedless Watermelon.  We will be sure to open up one for you to try - as long as we have them - they go really quick! 

LOCALLY GROWN FOOD TASTES BETTER

Food grown in your own community was probably picked within the past day or two. It’s crisp, sweet and loaded with flavor. Produce flown or trucked in from Florida, Chile or Holland is, quite understandably, much older. Several studies have shown that the average distance food travels from farm to plate is 1,500 miles. In a week-long (or more) delay from harvest to dinner table, sugars turn to starches, plant cells shrink and produce loses its vitality.

LOCAL PRODUCE IS BETTER FOR YOU

Studies have shown that fresh produce loses nutrients quickly. Food that is frozen or canned soon after harvest is actually more nutritious than some “fresh” produce that has been on the truck or supermarket shelf for a week. Locally grown food, purchases soon after harvest, retains its nutrients.

find all our products at our local farmers markets

 

TUESDAY

Roosevelt Park

9th and P Streets | Sacramento

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

 

Fremont Park

16th and P Street | Sacramento

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

 

WEDNESDAY

Caesar Chavez Plaza

10th and J Street | Sacramento

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

 

THURSDAY

Capitol Mall

6th and Capitol Mall (Between 5th & 6th St.)

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

 

East End State Capitol Park

15th and L Street (Between L & N Streets)

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

 

West Sacramento Farmers Market

1271 West Capitol Avenue | West Sacramento

4:30 – 8:00 PM

SATURDAY

Natomas Certified Farmers Market

3637 N. Freeway Blvd

8:00 AM - Noon

 

SUNDAY

Sacramento Central Farmers Market

State Parking Lot

8th and W Street (Under Freeway)

8:00 AM - Noon

LOCAL FOOD PRESERVES GENETIC DIVERSITY 

In the modern industrial agricultural system, varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen simultaneously and withstand harvesting equipment; for a tough skin that can survive packing and shipping; and an ability to have a long shelf life in the store. Only a handful of hybrid varieties of each fruit and vegetable meet those rigorous demands, so there is little genetic diversity in the plants grown. Local farms, in contrast, grow a huge number of varieties to provide a long season of harvest, an array of eye-catching colors, and the best flavors. Many varieties are heirlooms, passed down from generation to generation, because they taste good. These old varieties contain genetic material from hundreds or even thousands of years of human selection; they may someday provide the genes needed to create varieties that will thrive in a changing climate.

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