Saturday March 5th was the Davis Farmers Market 20th annual Pig Day, celebrating pigs, food and local agriculture at Central Park in Davis. There was great fun to be had and baby pigs to be pet. Crafts for kids, a delightful variety of foods showcased Bledsoe Pork a favorite among shoppers and local restaurants. John Bledsoe has enjoyed rock star status at the Davis Farmers Market since he first started selling pork there seven years ago.
The sun was shining on Central Park, families were enjoying the fruits, veggies and pork specialties and the flash mob dancers were dancing the pig jig. It was a beautiful day at the farmers market that yielded a fairly large turnout for Pig Day.
There was a sense of excitement in the air with all the families enjoying the sunshine before the pending storm, and the trees in the gardens starting to bloom of the weekends to come filled with the wonders of the market. With spring approaching and the flowers blooming it is sure to bring new found craft makers to the North end of the market with their wares, new blooms to purchase for adorning your home, new varieties of herbs and vegetables as they come into season, and the premium savory meats and fresh baked goods that make the Davis farmers market one of the favorites of the region. The Davis Farmers Market is on Saturday’s from 8am to 1pm year round.
Not to mention the start of the ever popular Picnic in the Park series starting March 16th where you can enjoy shopping the market, the beauty of Central Park, the music of local musicians playing Rockabilly, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, Pop/Rock, Surf Music, Celtic, World Music, Big Band, Swing, Jazz and Dixieland. Tons of activities for the kids including Rocknasiums rock wall, bounce houses, pony rides and more. Picnic in the Park is on Wednesday’s from 4:30 to 6:30pm through October 26th. For a schedule of performers for Picnic in the park, please visit: http://www.davisfarmersmarket.org/picnic
Whether you are a long time Davis resident and farmers market goer, or you are new to the area and want a fabulous mix of culture, fresh, local food, music, local crafts and camaraderie then the Davis Farmers Market is the place to venture to. It is a perfect venue for families to get fresh, healthy food and to learn about the local farming practices. It also offers a warming sense of community and a not so far from home destination when you need to get out and enjoy some music or just let the kids explore and play.
Pig Day 2011 was a hit with my brood, and we are looking forward to returning for some nice blues or bluegrass performances while sipping on some wine or a local brew in the beauty of Central Davis.
For more information on Davis Farmers Market, please visit: http://www.davisfarmersmarket.org/
For more photos from our visit to the market on Pig Day 2011 please visit the Cow Patties and Mud Pies photo gallery on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=122481214431293&aid=56496