Live Like a Local – 5 Favorite Calaveras Farmers Markets
Did you know you can find organic, farm-fresh produce seven days a week in Calaveras County? Let’s take a tour, one day at a time.
The second Thursday of each month, we’ll kick off with Calaveras Grown in San Andreas. Friday we have the inimitable Angels Camp Farmers Market featuring a different winery and live performers each week, Thursday through Saturday we have the 20+ year old Outer Aisle Farm Stand (currently located in Douglas Flat, 5 minutes West of Murphys), and Sunday we have the hoppin’ Copperopolis Town Square Farmer’s Markets from 11am to 3pm–featuring locally produced fruits and veggies, antiques and locally made wares, live music and freshly made treats. If flowers are your thing, you won’t want to miss Zimmerman’s Hilltop Market open every day except Sunday on Highway 49 in San Andreas. Miss the farmer’s markets? Visit Sierra Hills Natural Foods 7 days a week in Murphys, to see what local organic produce they have in stock.
Want to know what sets each farm fresh Calaveras destination apart? Read on to learn more.
Keep an eye out for delectable wood-fired pizza from pop-up @oldskoolpie at Calaveras farmers markets throughout the county.
1. Angels Camp Farmer’s Market
When: 5pm to dusk, every Friday from June to September
Where: Utica Park, Highway 49 (Main Street) in Angels Camp
What: Set in the well-shaded and luch Utica Park, the Angels Camp Farmers Market features live music and a different highlighted winery attending each week. Including over 30 vendors, from produce and crafts, to food from local restaurants, and wood-fired pizza, this is one social gathering you won’t want to miss.
Learn More: Find more about Angels Camp Farmer’s Market on Facebook.
Instagrammer @suziq.1977 celebrating Earth Day with friends and family at Utica Park
2. CalaverasGROWN – San Andreas
When: The 2nd Thursday of each month, from 4pm to 7pm, May through September.
Where: San Andreas in the UCCE Master Gardeners Demo Garden at 891 Mountain Ranch Road.
What: Featuring live music from Calaveras Band members and free kids activities. One of the things that sets this farmers market apart (in addition to all of the classic farmers market fixings) is the free children’s activities, gorgeous educational garden setting, and abundance of plants for sale. This is a great place to shop, play, and learn.
Learn More: Find more about CalaverasGROWN on Facebook
Instagrammer and local organic florist @leapinglavender savoring the season’s bounty
3. Copperopolis Farmer’s Market
When: Sundays from 10am to 2pm May through early October
Where: Copperopolis Town Square at 100 Town Square Rd. in Copperopolis, CA.
What: Feel like you’re strolling through the set of a nostalgic movie in the super charming Copperopolis Town Square as you enjoy laughing children, good music and tasty treats. Featuring handmade soaps, candles, fresh fruit and veggies, flowers, home decor, jams and jellies, wood fired pizzas, grass fed beef, baked goods, kettle corn, apparel, local honeys and much more. While you’re there make sure to duck into one of the cute shops and restaurants that ring the square such as Griff’s BBQ & Grill, Roasters Coffee Corner, or Tipsy Frog Wine Bar.
Learn More: Find more about Copperopolis Farmers Market on Facebook
@barepawdesigns at last year’s Copperopolis Farmers Market
4. Outer Aisle Farm Stand – Douglas Flat (5 Mins from Murphys)
When: Friday through Saturday from 11am to 5pm
Where: Less than 5 minutes West of Murphys, Outer Aisle Farm Stand 1192 Highway 4 Douglas Flat, CA
What: This year-round indoor farmstand and catering outfit is not only a local treasure within walking distance of the location where most of the food is grown, but a slice of Calaveras foodie history. Farmers Christine and Eric Taylor pioneered organic farming in Calaveras County in the early 90’s seeding farmers markets throughout the county and educating aspiring gardeners. Once known as Taylor Mountain Gardens, the Taylors have been growing organic food in the community for over 20 years and at the height of their growing season are well known for having more variety on their small, two-acre farm than can be found at the average farmers market. Make sure to check in regularly for a chance to stock up on Eric’s legendary Vogliotti heirloom tomatoes and onions which have been grown in Calaveras County for over 100 years.
Learn More: Find more about Outer Aisle on Facebook.
Local foodie Nancy Page highlights the bounty at Outer Aisle’s year-round Farm Stand.
5. Zimmerman’s Hilltop Market – San Andreas
When: Open 6 days a week, Closed Sundays 8:30am through 6pm
Where: 1453 Highway 49; San Andreas, CA
What: Exploding with vibrant colors, this quaint family owned and operated market features flowers year round and a smaller selection of produce on a first-come first-serve basis including berries, stone fruit, vegetables, and more.
Learn More: You can reach the market 6 days a week at 1-209-754-4945 to learn more.
Instagrammer @adrienneglenn strolling through one of Zimmerman Hilltop Market’s flower sections.
Now, let’s eat!