Farmers Markets in Northern California

Oakdale Certified Farmer’s Market

Thursday nights between 5-8pm, June 7th – August 30th, 2012.  Located on 3rd Avenue between E and F Streets, the Oakdale Certified Farmers Market provides a unique opportunity for people living in the City to buy freshly picked, organic produce, specialty items and hand crafted items directly from small family-operated farms. This farmer’s market is particularly special because the communities surrounding Modesto and Oakdale are some of the richest agricultural areas in the United States and are home to some of the most enthusiastic and successful farmers in California. Most produce is harvested the day of – or hours before it’s brought to the market. Farmers can only sell what they grow. At this market you will find a variety of specialty items including organic, Asian and European produce.

Lodi Farmer’s Market

Northern California Farmers MarketThursday nights at 5pm, June through the end of September in downtown Lodi – School Street. The Downtown Certified Farmers Market is the family friendly market held every Thursday evening beginning in June throughout the end of September. Over 25 certified farmers offer an array of fresh produce, wine and flowers. 50 homemade and commercial arts and craft vendors line the streets of downtown attracting over 5,000 attendees each week. The stage hosts live music performed by local bands, along with dance performances, comedy acts and competitions.

Fairfield Farmers Market

Every Thursday, May 3rd to October 4th, 2009, 3:00-7:00pm. The Fairfield Certified Farmers Market is located in downtown Fairfield on Jefferson Street and Texas Street adjacent to the Solano County Government Center Plaza. WEEKLY FEATURES; Fresh Produce, Tree Ripened, Fruits FREE Children’s Arts & Crafts, Shaved Ice, Kettle Korn, Bar-B-Q, and Weekly Musical Entertainment

Dixon Farmers Market

Farmers Markets in Northern CaliforniaThis Farmer’s Market is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays at Women’s Improvement Club Park next to the Dixon Public Library. Local producers and farmers bring their best spring and summer produce like fresh cherries, strawberries, salad greens, artichokes, peaches, nectarines, tomatoes, peppers and corn, all locally grown and straight from the fields.  The smell in the air from the food vendors will make your mouth water as you stroll through the market. This is a great weekly outdoor event. Come join the reason Dixon still has hometown charm!

Clovis Farmer’s Market

May-September Friday, 5:30 PM- 9:00 PM. Friday Night Farmer’s Market is in full swing in the heart of Old Town Clovis. Sample fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables, grown here in the nation’s finest agricultural region, each in the peak of season! Located at Pollasky Ave. & 5th St. Clovis, CA 93613 in Clovis, California. Come visit and take a look. Call to learn more about its assortment of organic food, vegetables, local specialties, fruits and crafts. Hours are

Modesto Certified Farmers Market  

Celebrating over 30 years! Thursdays and Saturdays from 7am – 1 pm. This is where the locals go for the freshest produce, much of it grown right here in Modesto. In one convenient downtown location, you can support Modesto farmers and take home healthy, nutritious vegetables and fruit. At the Modesto Certified Farmers Market, every market brings something new and different, from the first vegetables and fruits of a new season to special events, festivals, and much more.

The Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market is located on 16th Street between H Street and I Streets, along side of the Stanislaus County Library in downtown Modesto.

Merced Certified Farmers Market

Open year round, every Saturday-Rain or Shine, 8am to 12pm! Located on the Corner of 19th & N Street near Merced Courthouse Square Park. The Original Merced Certified Farmers’ Market is the perfect place to come to purchase directly from the farmers who are responsible for producing some of valley’s highest quality products. Our growers carry fruits, vegetables, nuts, meats, honey, farm fresh eggs, and olive oil…just to name a few!

Sacramento Farmers Market

Every Sunday rain or shine, 8am – 12pm, the Sacramento Farmers Market is open under the freeway at 8th and W street. FREE parking and lots to choose from, including fresh fruits, vegetables, wine, nuts, breads, oils, flowers, plants, meat, cheese, etcetera. Usually over 100 California farmers who are restricted to selling only those products that they themselves have grown. Largest real and certified farmers market in the State of California. EBT and WIC are accepted by many of the participating farmers. Usually a good number of organic farmers are attending.

San Jose Downtown Farmers Market

Open every Friday, from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the San Pedro Square between Santa Clara St & John Street, San Jose.

Every Friday San Pedro Square is transformed into a delicious marketplace full of fresh California-grown fruits and vegetables. More than 30 farmers and other producers travel an average of 50 miles to sell at the San Jose Downtown Farmers’ Market.

It’s great to be ‘stuck in Lodi again’…

The Lodi office of Century 21 M&M is located in Northern California just north of Stockton and south of Sacramento. Lodi’s first national recognition came in 1969 when  Creedence Clearwater Revival sang, “Lord, I’m stuck in Lodi again.”

Lodi is best known for being the center of wine production (the “Zinfandel Capital of the World”), although its vintages have traditionally been less prestigious than those of Sonoma and Napa counties. However, in recent years, the Lodi Appellation has become increasingly respected for its Zinfandel wine and other eclectic varietals.*

When a group of local families decided to establish a school in 1859, they settled on a site near present-day Cherokee Lane and Turner Road. In 1869, the Central Pacific Railroad was in the process of creating a new route, and pioneer settlers Ezekiel Lawrence, Reuben Wardrobe, A.C. Ayers and John Magley offered a town site of 160 acres (0.65 km2) to the railroad as an incentive to build a station there

In 1906, the city was officially incorporated by voters, passing 2 to 1. The fire department was established in 1911, and the city purchased the Bay City Gas and Water Works in 1919. Additional public buildings constructed during this period include the Lodi Opera House in 1905, a Carnegie library in 1909, and a hospital in 1915.*

The 2010 United States Census reported that Lodi had a population of 62,134.

Lodi has cool, wet winters, often characterized by dense ground fog, and very warm, dry summers. Due to the city’s proximity to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, summer temperatures usually dip into the fifties at night. Fog and low overcast sometimes drifts in from San Francisco Bay during the summer and it can be breezy at times especially during the night.

Early industries in Lodi included a saw mill, flour mill, vineyards, orchards, and cattle ranching. Lodi is the birthplace of A&W Root Beer and A&W Restaurants established in 1919, which is considered the original fast food restaurant.

According to the City’s 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city of Lodi are; Lodi Unified School District, Lodi Memorial Hospital, Pacific Coast Producers, Blue Shield of California, Cottage Bakery, General Mills, City of Lodi, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Walmart and Target.

Hill House Museum

Among the local attractions Lodi has; The Hill House Museum, a restored Queen Anne Victorian built around 1906, The San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum, the largest museum complex in the county, is just south of Lodi, at the Micke Grove Regional Park, and World of Wonders, a downtown science museum modeled after the San Francisco Exploratorium, features interactive science exhibits, classrooms, and a retail store.

Local events include: the Grape Festival held which includes rides, food, and wine tasting,  the Spring Wine Show which showcases the area’s 50-plus award-winning wineries, the Taste of Lodi, one of the area’s most prestigious food and wine events and Zinfest which features Lodi’s finest Zinfandel wines.

When it comes to local theatre, Changing Faces Theater Company is a non-profit, student-run organization, which is supported by the Lodi Arts Commission, and the Lodi Musical Theatre Company is also prominent, staging shows at Hutchins Street Square such as “West Side Story” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.

The Lodi office became part of Century 21 M&M in 2000 and is the leading Lodi brokerage firm in volume and number of transactions. Our staff of 50+ includes many award winning, seasoned veteran agents as well as eager newbies who have completed extensive Century 21 M&M training.

Whether you are Buying or Selling, Residential or Commercial, call a Century 21 M&M Realtor today at 1-800-350-1548.

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Madera; an Agriculture-based city produces some of California’s finest wines

Back in 1876, the first lots of the proposed village – Madera, were put on the auction block. On October 11, 1876, the Fresno Expositor announced, “The new town laid out by the California Lumber Company at the point where the company’s flume intersects the railroad has been graced with the name of Madera – the Spanish word for lumber. It promises to be quite a flourishing town, and the demand for lots is great.”

Today, Madera is the county seat of Madera County, located in California’s San Joaquin Valley. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was over 61,000 and covers a total area of 15.8 square miles

Average January temperatures hover around a high of 53.9°F and a low of 35.9°F. Average July temperatures average a maximum of 98.3°F and a minimum of 61.4°F. Average annual rainfall is 10.97” with an average of 43 days with measurable precipitation.

Madera serves as the hub for visitors accessing the region from the west on Highway 152, from the north and south on Highway 99, and traveling from Yosemite National Park or the Sierra National Forest  on Highway 41.

Home to the Madera District Fairgrounds, special events and celebrations as well as the County Fair itself draw visitors to Madera annually.

The Madera Wine Trail, sponsored and organized by the Madera Vintners Association, features some of California’s finest wines. The Vintners Association hosts several events each year drawing people from all around the area.

Agriculture is a primary factor for the Madera economy. Each year over one billion dollars worth of agricultural commodities are produced in Madera County. Significant crops are almonds pistachios, grapes, alfalfa and corn. And, the dairy and poultry industries are prominent in the Madera area.

According to, overall Madera’s schools rank in the ‘good’ to ‘better’ categories. Liberty High ranks 9 with an api score of 828 and Sierra View Elementary ranks 8 with an api score of 860.

Since 2005, Century 21 M&M has had an office in Madera, California. Today there are over 25 Madera Realtors to help you wthl all of your real estate needs. If you are interested in learning more about the advantages of living in Madera, contact a local Century 21 M&M agent at (800) 350-1548 get started finding the home of your dreams.