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COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 & Shopping at Denio’s

Yes, the entire market is open with the exception of entertainment, petting zoo & pony rides, water balls and kids car ride. We will put notice out when those can be opened as well.

We have meaningful and appropriate health and safety guidelines/protocols in place to protect the health of those who visit the market. These guidelines are expected to be followed. This includes measures to ensure foot traffic and crowd management which allows for six feet physical distancing between family units.

Yes we do. We are working hard to keep our customers, vendors and employees safe.
• We routinely sanitize high-touch surfaces
• We are supporting 6’ physical distancing between family units
• We are reminding people to stay home if they feel unwell
• We have conversation barriers in place where needed
• We encourage the use of face coverings in public
• We have hand washing and sanitizing stations available throughout the market.
• We have implemented public health recommendations from Placer County


As of 6/18 Per CDPH Guidance for Face Coverings… People in California must wear face coverings when they are in high-risk situations listed below:

… “Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space” … “While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.”

Family units of 10 and under can enter together. Keep your family unit together and socially distance at least 6 feet from other family units.

• Only shop the market if you are healthy
• Do not enter if you have a cough or fever
• Keep your family unit together and socially distance at least 6 feet from other family units
• No congregating in groups of over 10
• Please be patient and respectful when entering and shopping the market

We encourage people who are not quite ready to shop the market to please not come out. We understand that it may take some people a bit longer in California’s reopening process and we respect this. You can stay connected with us via social media and our website.


Market Update

Denio’s Farmers Market & Swap Meet

We are very excited to announce that the market will be opening in accordance with our state and county’s approval.  You will find Placer County’s local variance attestation on the CDPH website listed here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Local-Variance-Attestations.aspx

Denio’s highest priority is the safety of our employees, customers and vendors. We have meaningful and appropriate health and safety guidelines/protocols in place to protect the health of those who visit the market.  These guidelines are expected to be followed.  This will include measures to ensure foot traffic and crowd management which allows for six feet physical distancing between family units.  Please be patient and respectful to everyone when entering the market.

We’re so excited and can’t wait to welcome you back!


Garage Bands Wanted!

Garage Bands LR

Call 916-782-2704 or email: info@deniosmarket.com


Click Below for Events at the Market Plaza Live! and General Market Events:

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Street Performers at Denio’s


We are actively looking for street performers to come out to our large farmers market & swap meet to entertain our patrons! Examples of performers could be: acrobatics, balloon twisting, caricatures, clowning, comedy (not a comedy show), juggling, magic, mime, living statue, puppeteering, street art such as sketching and painting, ventriloquism, face-painting…
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For consideration, please email a clip of your act to info@deniosmarket.com and we’ll be in touch! This is not a paid gig, however, we have thousands of people that come to Denio’s, so feel free to use this as “marketing” your gig to get other “paid” gig’s, accepting tips is ok as well!

Click HERE for a flyer and be sure to tell a friend!

Questions?  Call us at 916-782-2704 for send us an email to: info@deniosmarket.com

Celebrating 70 Years!

Take a Peek – What’s New at Denio’s?


There’s Always Something Unique at Denio’s


Jess Ponce was a beloved vendor at Denio’s… Mr. Ponce passed away in 2018 and will be dearly missed…

~ Book Store Wanted ~

~ Book Store Wanted ~

Attention Book Lovers and Book Collectors ~ Denio’s is looking for an entrepreneur to open a book store at the Swap Meet! If you are up for it, call us today at 916-782-2704 or email us at info@deniosmarket.com, attention: Book Store.

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Denio’s – a 70 Acre Treasure Chest

Denio’s – a 70 Acre Treasure Chest

In an era of Amazon and one-click purchasing, it may be strange to think that people would ever choose to leave the comfort of their homes to make a purchase. Yet each weekend, thousands set down their laptops and tablets, however temporarily, to take a pass or two through the 70-acre treasure chest that is Denio’s Farmers Market & Swap Meet.

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Eric, Tracie & Ken Denio

What is it about Denio’s that drives these people out of their air-conditioned homes and into Northern California’s largest outdoor swap meet? That’s simple; corn dogs the likes of which you have never tasted anywhere else. Golden beauties so good that numerous contestants gather each year for the Corn Dog Eating Contest to sacrifice their next six months-worth of cheat days to the corn dogs’ deliciousness. Of course, there’s also the fresh produce that has been a staple at Denio’s since Jim Denio founded the establishment in 1947. But what started as a single individual’s produce stand has expanded to include a vegetarian’s dreamland, 2-acres worth of different produce stands that consistently cut grocery store prices by more than half.

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But great food is not all that Denio’s has to offer these days. New entertainment options are constantly being thrown into the mix; anything from pony rides to zip lines to classic car shows and live music can be found at Denio’s, giving every member of the family a reason to get outside and enjoy their weekend away from the computer screen.

And as a family owned and operated business since the very beginning, Denio’s always puts families first. There are currently five generations of Denio’s today, three of which can be found working in the market on any given weekend. From offering entertainment like petting zoos to wiener dog races and regulating the products that can be sold at the market, Denio’s maintains a warm, family-friendly atmosphere that sets the market apart from other weekend destinations.

Eating Fresh from the Farmers Market

Eating Fresh from the Farmers Market

All American Chili

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6 ounces hot turkey Italian sausage
2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
8 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground sirloin
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 bay leaves
1 1/4 cups Merlot or other fruity red wine
2 (28-ounce) cans no-salt-added whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added kidney beans, drained
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage, onion, and the next 4 ingredients (onion through jalapeño) to pan; cook 8 minutes or until sausage and beef are browned, stirring to crumble.  Add chili powder and the next 7 ingredients (chili powder through bay leaves), and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, tomatoes, and kidney beans; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Uncover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard the bay leaves. Sprinkle each serving with cheddar cheese.


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