The anticipation begins with the first signs of spring, as the weather starts to warm, blooms fill the trees and the mustard seed cover crop is ploughed away from the valley floor for yet another year.
Before long, little green crops emerge from below the soil. Tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, strawberries, melons, potatoes – the list goes on and on. And as the cool spring air transitions towards summer, locals know it’s just about time for our farm stands and farmers markets to open.
Join the Fairfield Main Street Association for the Farmers’ Market and Thursdays on the Green every Thursday through September, 3 pm to 7 pm, on the lawn at the intersection of Jefferson and Texas Streets! Enjoy fresh produce every week from growers in Solano County and the nearby region. Thursdays on the Green also features community vendors selling their own custom made items, baked goods, scented oils, and more. There is often live music or entertainment, as well as pony rides for the kids. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening in downtown Fairfield.
The Suisun Valley farm stands, most open seasonally in the summer and fall months, are family-owned and locally loved. They include:
Larry’s Produce – Larry’s Produce, which opened its 2019 season June 8, attracts visitors from throughout the Sacramento and Bay Area. Larry Balestra and his family farm over 1,200 acres in Suisun Valley of various fruits and vegetables that are then sold at the stand, as well as wheat, safflower, garbanzo beans and canario beans. Larry’s Produce has been proudly serving the Fairfield community every year, between June and December, since 1986. In addition to selling the large variety of fruits and vegetables they grow here in Fairfield’s Suisun Valley, Larry’s also augments their selection by purchasing products from the San Francisco terminal market. These are generally fruits and vegetables that they are unable to grow themselves due to climate and soil restrictions. By further serving their customers in this way, Larry’s has become a one-stop shopping stand for fresh produce and one of the largest in Solano County. Larry’s is a popular destination for pumpkins and Christmas trees.
4606 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June-December. 707-864-8068
Robledo Produce: Robledo Produce, a family-owned farm stand in Suisun Valley, typically opens in April or May. Depending on weather, the season will last until September or October. The stand is open seven days a week. It is located on the Robledo family’s six acres of land on Russell Road. A variety of produce is sold there, ranging from strawberries at the start of the season to tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers later in the summer.
4300 Russell Road, Fairfield. Open daily, hours may vary
Erickson Ranch – Ray and Victoria Erickson have deep roots planted in the Suisun soil. They are best known for their delicious Erickson Ranch Jams, made from produce grown on their farm. You can purchase the jams at various locations in the valley, including Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company and Cal Yee Farms, as well as at the Erickson’s ranch. The farm is open by appointment. The many fruit flavors include strawberry, blenheim apricot, apple butter, bartlett pear, blueberry, cal red peach, fig, and Christmas harvest. You can also order jams online at http://www.ericksonranch.com/store/.
2482 Cordelia Road, Fairfield, CA. Open by Appointment Only. Jam orders available online. 707-864-0557
Cal Yee Farms –Cal Yee Farms, open year-round, provides high-quality dried fruits and nuts to customers in the United States and abroad. The farm’s many products include mixed fruit, mixed nuts, raisins, seeds, trail mix, chocolate and candy. All of these items are available for purchase in the small store on the farm.
5158 Clayton Road, Fairfield, CA. Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (800) 225-9337
Saechao Family Farm – Saechao Family Farm grows many favorite summer treats: strawberries, blackberries, tomatoes, squash, apricots, garlic, beans, sweet potatoes, yams and walnuts. The produce is picked daily, with the freshness and juiciness of the berries only something you can find at a farm. This stand is a popular stop for travelers in Suisun Valley looking for a delicious treat.
2707 Rockville Road, Fairfield, CA. Open Daily. Hours may vary