Downtown farmers markets return for season
Sacramento’s Downtown Certified Famers’ Markets return for the season starting Tuesday. Every week through September, marketgoers can enjoy hot lunch options from an array of local food vendors while picking up produce supplied by local farmers. The markets are open from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Fremont Park, 16th and P streets, and at Roosevelt Park, 10th and P streets; on Wednesdays at Cesar Chavez Plaza, Ninth and J streets; and on Thursdays at Capitol Mall and Sixth Street. (There are no farmers markets on July 4.) Produced by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, in collaboration with Certified Farmers’ Markets of Sacramento County, the Downtown Certified Farmers’ Markets bring 31 food vendors, nearly 100 farmers and attract 175,000 shoppers to downtown Sacramento seasonally. More information is available at GoDowntownSac.com. Keep up with the latest Downtown Certified Farmers’ Market news by following Downtown Sac on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
CHP pays tribute to fallen officers
Every May, the California Highway Patrol holds a memorial to pay tribute to officers killed in the line of duty during the prior year. During this year’s ceremony on Tuesday, the CHP will honor Officer Nathan Taylor, of the Gold Run Area office, who was killed in a traffic collision in March 2016. Officer Taylor’s name will be added to the memorial fountain at the CHP Academy. Special recognition will also be paid to Officer Lucas Chellew, of the South Sacramento Area office, who was killed in a motorcycle traffic collision while pursuing a suspect in February. In the CHP’s 88-year history, 227 officers have lost their lives on the job. California Secretary of Transportation Brian Kelly and CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow, along with the family and friends of fallen CHP officers, will attend the ceremony, which starts at 9:30 a.m. at the CHP Academy, 3500 Reed Ave., West Sacramento. The memorial includes a 21-gun salute.
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State lawmakers help plant orchard in Del Paso Heights
A bipartisan group of state Assembly members and staff will spend their lunchtime helping establish a community orchard in the Del Paso Heights neighborhood of Sacramento. Scheduled to attend are Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount; Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley; and Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento. With help from the Sacramento Tree Foundation, the Del Paso Heights Growers’ Alliance and other groups, the state lawmakers will plant 35 trees to establish the True Beginnings Community Orchard, according to a news release. The planting starts at noon at 811 Grand Ave.