In 1976, a small group of farmers gathered to sell their produce to the local community. Their grass roots effort has since grown into the one of the largest and best-loved farmers market in Santa Cruz County. Every Saturday, you’ll find customers doing their weekly shopping amid the colorful tents and produce, and by doing so, helping to support local family farms. This year, the Aptos Farmer’s Market celebrates its 40th anniversary with a great line-up of events and commemorative posters and boxed note-cards featuring an original watercolor painting by artist Diane Devine.
Jordan Champagne of Happy Girl Kitchen Company will give a series of demonstrations on preserving techniques. Her classes will include how to preserve stone fruit, how to make pickles, how to can tomatoes, and how to make sauerkraut. She’ll also have some of her products for sale.
Chef Anne Baldzikowski, local cookbook author and chef instructor at the Cabrillo College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Department, will host two cooking demonstrations. The first will cover how to make sweet and savory crepes using seasonal fruits and veggies. In September, she’ll show guests how to make apple fritters.
Artist Diane Devine will be in attendance on August 20 with an art exhibit and sale of her watercolor paintings, many of which are inspired by the fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables of the farmers markets. Her original painting for the market’s 40th anniversary posters will be raffled off on Saturday, September 3 (Labor Day weekend). Customers can purchase raffle tickets at the market’s information booth. Anniversary posters and notecards are also available for sale at the information booth.
The Aptos Farmer’s Market is held year-round, rain or shine, at Cabrillo College each Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon. The market features ninety vendors, including certified organic or sustainable-farmed produce, grass-fed meats and poultry, sustainable fish, oysters, handcrafted cheeses, locally-produced olive oil, fresh pasta, and gourmet sauces, organic juices, handmade sauerkraut, Corralitos smoked sausages and bacon, artisan breads and baked goods, organic honey, mushrooms, sprouts and microgreens, farm fresh eggs, flowers, potted plants, seedlings, herbs, and more.
REMAINING SPECIAL EVENTS FOR SUMMER 2016:
Canning Tomatoes Demonstration – Jordan Champagne :: August 13
Summer Art Exhibit and Sale – Diane Devine :: August 20
40th Anniversary Original Artwork Raffle :: September 3
How to Make Sauerkraut – Jordan Champagne :: September 10
Apple Fritters Demonstration – Chef Anne :: September 17