One great reason to check out the county roads on the outskirts of town is the great fruit and vegetable stands. These are often the absolute best place to get your fruits and veggies; although the variety can be slim at the smaller ones, the larger ones are better than the produce section at a grocery store.
The Yolo Fruit Stand, Ikedas, and Pedrick Produce are the more commercial of these stands, but others are seasonal, transient, and may even move locations from year to year. Also, don't forget the Farmers Market! See the article, Pull Over for Produce, in The Davis Enterprise — it talks about Ikedas, the Yolo Fruit Stand, and others. Bounty and Savings maintains reviews on fruit stands around Davis, and the Sacramento Farmers Market under the Freeway.
These stands are a good reason to take local county roads to places like Woodland, so you can stop on the way. A few places to keep on your route:
- Cloverleaf at Bridgeway Farms
- FL Strawberries, aka That Strawberry Place - Rd. 31 / West Covell Boulevard just before Rd. 98 - Same intersection as Grandpa's Barn, with Strawberries sold ten feet from where they are grown
- Grandpa's Barn / Impossible Acres - Rd. 31 / West Covell Boulevard and Rd. 98 - New and expanding retail side of Impossible Acres U-pick. Pre-picked fruits from Impossible Acres as well as specialty garlic and other veggies from neighboring farms. Also affiliated with the Barnyard Theatre. In the Autumn months, Impossible Acres is a popular pumpkin patch.
- Pacific Star Gardens has seasonal fruit and vegetables in a perennial covered area 1/3 mile south of Road 25A on Rd. 99. Also a U-Pick area.
- Sometimes, a small-scale, personal stand that looks like an overgrown lemonade stand on Rd. 99 just north of Road 25A appears, offering a variety of very local veggies.
- There is a strawberry stand on Putah Creek Road, just west of its intersection with Railroad Ave coming south out of Winters over the bridge. The strawberries are grown in the field next to the stand. Easily accessible for those biking to Winters, or walking the town.
2005-06-19 14:12:15 Does anyone know where the "Fruit Stand" that is "Under the Freeway" in Sacramento is? I am always looking to buy fresh, red "Pasilla Chilles" but have not been able to find them anywhere. My old room mate got a few at this mysterious location.... but blah... I think my room mate got the name of this pepper wrong. —MichaelGiardina
2005-06-19 15:36:41 doing a little googling, it looks like it is on Sundays between W & X streets and somewhere between 5th and 8th street. —RogerClark
2006-12-26 16:51:15 I've been there, but it's a farmer's market and I can't tell you where it is as I was driven. It's on Sundays, a lot cheaper than the Davis farmer's market with a lot of the same vendors. Bigger too, with lots of things Davis doesn't have. —AmyGoogenspa
2007-08-19 22:18:40 If you do go to the sac farmers market, check out the Kumamoto oysters. They're a steal at 12 for $8. —atwong
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