What’s New at the Farmers’ Market & The Shack Brunch is Back


Been in hibernation this winter? It’s time to get out of the house and witness the glorious unfurling of spring at our region’s farmers’ markets. Yesterday at the 8th & W Street farmers’ market, I marveled at the ruby-red strawberries, crisp, rubber-banded bunches of local asparagus, and radiant daffodils. There were even teeny vegetable plants for sale – time to start thinking about planting that annual vegetable garden! And remember, produce is not the only thing available at our farmers’ markets: you’ll also discover locally crafted olive oil and cheeses, as well as (in some markets) meat and seafood.

Check out this site for a guide to the region’s farmers’ markets: http://www.cafarmersmarkets.com

The Shack in East Sacramento stopped serving its very popular brunches a year and a half ago. But due to “persistent requests” by customers, the restaurant has decided to bring brunch back. The menu is largely the same, with a few notable additions – the “Pile ‘O Potatoes,” housemade breakfast potatoes topped with sautéed onions, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes, then covered with melted cheese (you can also add eggs or meat); and the stellar salmon Benedict, which I consumed in about 20 seconds flat on Saturday. Two poached eggs are stacked on a savory scone with smoked salmon, then sprinkled with capers and chives. Drenched in hollandaise sauce and served up with crusty, hot breakfast potatoes, this may be my new very-favorite brunch item. Other not-to-miss brunch items are the “Huevos del Shacko” and the Guinness corned beef hash.

The Shack is located at 5201 Folsom Boulevard. For more information, visit http://www.eastsacshack.com or call (916) 457-5997.