ROSEVILLE -- Looking for a replacement 9 iron? Need some new silk plants for your home décor? Hoping to find that elusive baseball trading card? Or maybe you're simply in search of fresh corn?
Take a trip to the semifamous Denio's Farmers Market & Swap Meet in Roseville, where you can find just about anything -- up to and including the kitchen sink.
Located on almost 70 acres and now in its seventh decade, this outdoor market -- touted for half a century in ads on Sacramento TV stations -- was founded in 1947 by Jim and Marilee Denio (deh-NYE-oh) as a single produce stand; 61 years later, it has grown to one of the largest and most popular Northern California markets. It continues to be family owned and operated.
Shoppers at Denio's can browse the aisles looking to either pick up something brand new or delight in rummaging through what is being sold after someone ventured into some early spring cleaning of their garage or storage shed. One of the highlights at the market is the fresh produce.
Fruits and vegetables take center stage as vendors offer everything fresh from the fields.
With all that walking and browsing, visitors can work up an appetite, and the food fare at Denio's includes everything from hot dogs to barbecued chicken and various beverages to quench your thirst.
And if you have a yearning for an old-time crunchy corn dog, Denio's will fill that bill, too, with its own yummy hand-dipped offering straight from the "corn dog factory."
If you head to Denio's, here are a couple of shopping tips: Wear comfy shoes (the aisles upon aisles can get long and provide nice exercise).
Also, bring along something to tote your purchases in -- a wagon or rolling cart, for example. This can save you from achy arms and also spare you complaints from family members who have to help you carry your goods.
Enjoy a day of shopping, and good luck finding that new plant, golf club or that head of fresh lettuce for your evening salad.
WHAT: Denio's Farmers Market & Swap Meet
WHERE: 1551 Vineyard Road, Roseville
WHEN: Fridays (open-air market only), 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
COST: Free admission: On Friday, parking also is free. Saturday and Sunday parking is $3.
GETTING THERE: Take Highway 99 north toward Sacramento. In Sacramento, take the Capital City Freeway toward Reno and merge onto Interstate 80 East. Take the Roseville/Riverside exit. Stay in the left lane of the exit, which will take you over the freeway onto Riverside. Turn left at the second light onto Cirby Way. Turn right onto Foothills Boulevard and right onto Vineyard Road. Denio's main entrance will be on the right.
DRIVE TIME FROM MODESTO: 1 hour, 39 minutes (MapQuest)
MORE INFORMATION: 916-782- 2704 or online at www.denios.org
Bee assistant librarian Karen Aiello can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2392.