If you don’t grow all your vegetables (and who among us does?) the Davis Farmers Market is the place to be on a Saturday morning. And if you are trying to grow at least some of your vegetables (and who among us isn’t?) you still should get on over to Central Park. You can obsess over vegetable and herb plant choices at the Towani Organic Farms booth and then move over to the Orangewood Farms display and find just the cranesbill for which you’ve been hunting everywhere. Well, maybe I’m the one with the cranesbill obsession but I was certainly a happy gardener!
Guy Baldwin at Towani Organics was finishing up his tomato, pepper and eggplant starts this past weekend but will continue to sell cucumbers, melons, squash and all sorts of tempting herbs. They originally raised the plants for their own use in growing the produce they also sell but luckily for home gardeners expanded to raising plants for sale. Towani Organics is based in Bangor near Oroville and all the plants are certified organic.
Further down the market way Bonny Scott was selling vegetables, herbs and perennial plants. Bonny and her mom Jackie run Orangewood Farm and Nursery, selling certified organic plants focused mainly on drought resistant and California native choices, including a very cool perennial geranium I’ve been craving. Orangewood Farm and Nursery is located in Rumsey.
If you are looking for house plants or decorative pots that are already put together, maybe for a gift, you can even get that at the market. BJ and Leslie Nursery from Acampo, between Galt and Lodi sells a large variety of plants in various sizes. Bedding plants are also available here as well as a few vegetables.
The nice thing about the plants from each of these growers is how healthy they looked. They all seemed ready to go home with some lucky gardener and thrive. I got a couple of the cranesbill but I already wish I’d picked up a few other things…maybe next week!