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Chico's Farmers Markets

How High Can You Count?

Is Chico is vying for the title "Most Farmers Markets in One Town"! I don't know - you be the judge!

The city of Chico had a population of approximately 86,187 as of the 2010 census, yet there are no fewer than eight markets in the city!

If I'm not mistaken, there's at least one (and sometimes more) market every day of the week except on Mondays. We could be like the French and go to the market for fresh fruits and veggies almost every day!

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Farm-Fresh Markets in Chico California

The farmers' market is one of humankind's oldest institutions, stemming from a casual gathering place where farmers could show off their wares. Since then, they've grown into larger central marketplaces.

It seems as if farmers have carted their freshly grown and harvested produce to a centralized marketplace since the beginning of time.

I'm pleased to report that the culture is alive and well in the cute little college town of Chico, California

I've discovered no fewer than eight - Count 'em! eight! - markets! In fact, you can hit a farmers market nearly every day of the week in Chico!

And, like their prehistoric counterparts, you'll find fresh and local produce, meats, hand crafts, and baked goods for sale, plus a wide variety of things to entertain you at today's farm-fresh marketplaces!

So, without further ado, let's explore Chico's farmers markets!

Listed by Day of the Week Starting with Saturday

Saturday Farmers Market

A long-time Chico tradition, located in beautiful and vibrant downtown Chico with fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, local breadmakers' and caterers' products, and more.

  • Saturday mornings from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Year-round, rain or shine
    Downtown Chico at 2nd and Wall Streets

North Valley Plaza Saturday Market

Brand new, this market extends the Saturday Market (see above) to the North end of town for the convenience of North Chico residents.

  • Saturday mornings from 7:30 am to Noon
    May through October, rain or shine
    North Valley Plaza (near the old Mervyns store)

Roadrunner Community Market Place

Farm-fresh produce, arts and crafts, Children's Zone, Flea Market, Auto Alley - this new market is located in South Chico and helps support Butte College Scholarships.

  • Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9 am to 2 pm
    April through October, rain or shine
    Butte College Chico Center at 2320 Forest Avenue

Enloe Farmers Market

Created to encourage healthy eating and lifestyle, and arranged under the Magnolia trees, this market offers locally grown produce and includes Blood Pressure checks and access to the Health Learning Center.

  • Tuesday Evenings from 4 pm to 7:30 pm
    June through September, rain or shine
    Enloe Conference Center at 1528 Esplanade (at 5th Avenue>

North Valley Plaza Wednesday Market

Quality fruits and vegetables from local farmers are available on Wednesdays too - many of which are specialty crops you won't find in a supermarket.

  • Wednesday mornings from 7:30 am to Noon
    May through November, rain or shine
    North Valley Plaza (near the old Mervyns store)

Chico State University Farm's: The Farm Stand

The Farm Stand is a specialty market offering organically grown produce from the University's own Organic Farm.

  • Wednesday afternoons from Noon to 5 pm
    Spring through Fall, rain or shine
    Chico State Campus in Downtown Chico

Thursday Night Market

Although you'll find an abundance of fresh produce from local farmers at the Thursday Night Market, it's as much a social meet-up place as it is a farmers market. Stroll the closed-off streets and see who you run into as you shop.

  • Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm
    April through September, rain or shine
    Downtown Chico on Broadway between 2nd and 5th Streets

Chapman Farmers Market

A nonprofit market promoting nutrition, exercise, education, and outreach, Chapman is the only farmers market north of Sacramento that takes Food Stamps.

  • Friday afternoons from 2 pm to 6 pm (or dusk, whichever comes first)/(5 pm to 8 pm during summer)
    Year-round, rain or shine
    Corner of 16th and C Streets

Looking for produce that's grown locally, picked ripe, and as fresh as you can get? Pick one of Chico's markets and you won't go wrong!

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    You'll never have reason to be bored in Chico!
  • Day Trips From Chico
    Although there's plenty to keep you busy right here in Chico, California, there are also some wonderful day trips you can do, using Chico as your home base!

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