Access to Farm Products Blooming in Rancho Cordova

Sacramento County, CA (MPG)  |  Source: City of Rancho Cordova
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Soil Born Farms Farmstand in Rancho Cordova. -- Photo by Jenny Arnez

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Access to Farm Products Blooming in Rancho Cordova

The Goethe Loop Farmers’ Market, stationed at the Sacramento Area Sewer District in Sacramento County, opened on June 1st, making it the fourth farmers’ market in the area from which Rancho Cordova residents and business professionals can purchase local and seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Goethe Loop Farmers’ Market offers freshly harvested produce, as well as cut flowers, dairy products, eggs, baked goods, meats and other specialty items from local farmers and vendors. The Goethe Loop Farmers’ Market occurs every Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. between June and November. Visit the market at 10060 Goethe Road.

There are three other farmers markets in the Rancho Cordova area that provide similar offerings at Soil Born Farms, the Sunrise Light Rail Station parking lot and the Sacramento VA Medical Center.

Soil Born Farms operates its seasonal farmstand on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. between mid-May through November. Farm apprentices and interns help manage the farmstand, and all sales support the Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project. Visitors are encouraged to meet farmers who grow their food and the animal residents of American River Ranch. Residents may also subscribe to their weekly or biweekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce box program and pick up their boxes at the farmstand. Visit the farmstand at 2140 Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova. The Soil Born Farms farmstand also accepts EBT benefits.

The Sunrise Station Farmers’ Market occurs year-round every Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Sunrise Light Rail Station parking lot at the intersection of Sunrise and Folsom Boulevards. This market, which has been operating at this location since 2010, features about 35 farmers who sell only what they themselves have grown on their California farm.

The VA Mather Farmers’ Market occurs year-round every Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sacramento VA Medical Center, 10535 Hospital Way. It features up to 20 vendors and offers special deals for veterans. The VA Mather Farmers Market also accepts EBT and WIC benefits.

Increasing access to local and seasonal farm products in Rancho Cordova signifies the growing farm-to-fork trend that the Sacramento region has been known for – a trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.