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Davis Farmers Market manager Randii MacNear, dressed as Ms. Piggie, admires a piggie pal from the petting zoo. The 23rd annual Pig Day is Saturday.

Go whole hog for Pig Day at Davis Farmers Market

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - 9:17 am

The venerable Davis Farmers Market helped pioneer the farm-to-fork concept long before it became a formalized local movement. But produce isn’t the only thing on its vast menu of goods.

On Saturday, it will host the 23rd annual Pig Day, celebrating all things pork. Bring your appetites for individually priced items from vendors, including breakfast sammies (with bacon or pulled pork), pigs-in-a-blanket, fried pork with couscous and vegetables, pork ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, piggy pops (French bread on a stick shaped like a pig’s head), pig cookies and bacon-flavored “frozen confections.”

If you’d rather cozy up to a pig than eat one, try the petting zoo of piglets. Other children’s activities will be on site, as well.

For some context, listen to market manager Randii MacNear: “This year, our Pig Day celebration falls on the actual date of National Pig Day. It was founded in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley, a teacher in Lubbock, Texas, and Mary Lynne Rave of Beaufort, North Carolina. Pig Day is part of the Davis culture. It celebrates the pig’s rightful place as one of man’s most intelligent and useful domesticated animals. It’s also the only event of its kind in California.”

Pig Day at the Davis Farmers Market will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Central Park at Fourth and C streets. More information: (530) 756-1695,

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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