Farmer’s markets in Santa Cruz County are community gathering places as well as the place in town to get the freshest locally-grown fruits and veggies – and plenty more! Mix and mingle with farmers and locals and pick up some colorful flowers, artisan bread, tangy organic sauerkraut, fresh oysters, and handmade pottery. Food trucks circle around, providing healthy eats-to-go, with atmosphere aplenty!
The markets are a great way to learn about the area’s local farms. Take a moment to chat with one of the folks staffing the stand. You’ll probably pick up a great recipe or two along the way.
In Santa Cruz County, there is virtually a farmer’s market every day of the week. Visit the market in Aptos, Scotts Valley or on the Westside of Santa Cruz, occurring every Saturday year round. Sundays you can find a farmer’s market in Live Oak year round or at Seascape Village seasonally. Downtown Santa Cruz holds their farmer’s market year-round every Wednesday.
Aside from fresh produce, look for flowers, art, crafts and homemade collectables for purchase! Each farmer’s market has a different style that makes it special. Click here for a full schedule and list of locations!
The Agricultural History Project in Watsonville teaches visitors through interactive activities about the experiences one might have in daily life on a farm or ranch during the 1800’s. Join Ag History Project on the second Saturday of each month for a kid-friendly activities and featured aspects of life on the farm.
Santa Cruz County offers an array of farms where visitors can pick their own produce. Visit South County for farms like Gizdich Ranch and Live Earth Farm. These establishments provide an opportunity for guests to understand, pick and grow their produce at its peak.
See below for a full list of farms and markets in Santa Cruz County!