About

Markets

Downtown

Time: 1:30–5:30p fall/winter hrs; 1:30- 6:30p spring/summer hrs begin Apr 5
Day: Wednesday
Location: Cedar St & Lincoln St, Downtown Santa Cruz

Felton

Time: 2.30–6.30p, Opens May 2nd
Day: Tuesday
Location: 120 Russell Ave, Felton

Live Oak

Time: 9a–1p
Day: Sunday
Location: 15th & Eastcliff Dr

Scotts Valley

Time: 9a–1p
Day: Saturday
Location: King's Village Dr, Scotts Valley Community Cntr

Westside

Time: 9a–1p
Day: Saturday
Location: Delaware Ave and Natural Bridges Dr

 

We Are Certified

A Certified Farmers Market is approved by the County Agricultural Commissioner for certified farmers to directly market the products they grow and raise themselves.

All the growers in SCCFM have been certified by the state to sell in certified markets. This does not mean they are certified organic, a typically assumption.

If a grower is ”Certified Organic”, they are required to adhere to Federal requirements one of which is additional certification through a third party agency like California Certifed Organic Farmers (CCOF).

To learn more about the different requirements please following the links:

California Certified Farmes Market Program
National Organic Program

 

History

Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Markets came together in the Fall of 1990 after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. In 1995, the Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market reorganized and became a non-profit under the name Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Market (SCCFM). The market has grown from a small venue that showcased the best in local growers to a nationally recognized market, offering one of the largest farmers market selections of certified organic produce in California.

Our Sunday Live Oak/Eastside market got its start in 2000 and became a year round market in 2009. In 2004, our Westside Farmers’ Market debuted in the parking lot of the Old Wrigley Building, located on the far west end of town and has become a favorite of foodies and travelers coming down from San Francisco.

In the Winter of 2008, SCCFM entered in to talks with the Felton Certified Farmers’ Market about merging and in the spring of 2009, SCCFM became organizer of the market, which had been operating independently since 1987. The Scotts Valley Farmers’ Market was our fifth and last market and was developed with the City of Scotts Valley in the summer 2009.

Mission

For over 20 years Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Markets (SCCFM) has been committed to your health and to the health of the local economy.

SCCFM currently operates five Certified Farmers’ Markets in Santa Cruz County and represents over 100 family farms, specialty food purveyors and artisans.

Our family of five farmers’ markets showcases the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan-made goods.

Our focus is to provide you direct access to the best selection of regional products that support local production and sustainable farming practices. That means you will typically find purveyors that are sourcing from the same growers present at our markets.

Purchasing your food through the area’s farmers’ markets ensures that you are getting the freshest, healthiest and tastiest foods while supporting local jobs, increasing local spending and promoting the region’s strong farming tradition. What’s good for you is good for your community.

 

Staff

Nesh Dhillon, Director

Nesh (Naish) is responsible for overall organizational development and coordinates operations. He has served as director since 2003 and worked as an assistant manager since 2001.

Nesh grew up up in Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon where he studied Sports Medicine and Chemistry. From an early age, he fostered a love for food and the importance of where it is sourced. His passion for the markets comes from the farms that make up this area, the food artisans that are reinventing the way we eat and the never ending support of the SC community for their local food system. When he is not putting out fires in the market, he likes to escape to Baja with his wife to enjoy the lack of stimulus and rules.

Nicole Zahm, Education and Events Coordinator

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Nicole Zahm coordinates community outreach, education and event programming for SCCFM and runs markets on the side. Born and raised in SC, she has strong ties in this region. Nicole’s professional efforts have focused on health in various capacities including HIV prevention, hospice care and eventually food systems. In 2008, like a slap upside the back of the head, she was hit with inspiration while working with gardeners and farmers in Detroit. Seeing food systems as a powerful vehicle for community and ecological health, she has been committed ever since. Nicole received a BA in American Studies from UCSC and a dual MA in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Michigan. She loves to dance, adventure with her sisters’ little ones and jump in the ocean. Contact Nicole here.

Thairie Richie, Market Assistant and Bike Valet Manager

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Since December of 2014 Thairie has been running the Bike Valet Service at the Downtown SC farmers’ market, assistant managing at the Felton Farmers’ Market and supporting other SCCFM markets when needed. A graduate of the FoodWhat youth empowerment program, Thairie was one of four youth interns hired to help organize and run the Foodshed Project and Pop-Up Breakfast series in 2014. After the internship, Thairie continued to assist SCCFM; setting up, running and breaking down markets. His hard work and leadership quickly landed him a part-time position on staff. Thairie is also a student at Cabrillo College.

Rebecca Heuer, Market Manager

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Rebecca grew up outside of Detroit and moved to SC with her partner 10 years ago. She spent seven years utilizing her graduate degree in higher education administration by working as an academic advisor for UCSC. After growing her family by two small incredible people, she and her family  moved to work on their relatives’ organic farm in the Hudson River Valley. Loving the farming community but missing SC desperately, they returned to the west coast in 2013. Soon after, Rebecca found her place with SCCFM allowing her live out her passions for local food and create community in the unique place that is Santa Cruz. Today Rebecca manages the Scotts Valley and Felton Farmers’ Markets (both seasonal) and co-manages the Downtown Santa Cruz market every Wednesday, rain or shine.

 

Rebecca is a mother, cook, crafter, news junkie, and art appreciator. When not working markets she can often be found hanging out at the markets.