The FoodShed Project (FSP) is an education and outreach program of the Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Markets (SCCFM) which highlights the significant work being rolled out by farmers, food artisans and community partners in the nearest regions of our foodshed. Check out some photos to get a feel for these events which offer interactive mini-classes, hands-on activities and storytelling at the market. All events are free, family friendly and hosted at the Downtown Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market. Presentations run 3-4pm. Foodshed Fact Hunt and Art Table runs 2-5pm. Music and other festivities 4-5pm.

What is a Food Shed?

A foodshed is a geographic region that supplies a population center with food. The term is often used to describe the movement of food from producer to consumer (Hedden,1929) considering all points along the way including labor, processing, transport, waste and so on.

Our Events

Using the public space of SCCFM farmers’ markets, FSP orchestrates a free event each month in which tastings, talks, music, cooking demonstrations, and family-focused activities spotlight seasonal food items, the vendors growing them, the cooks using them and the cultural and historical role they have played in this region. Our goal is to promote relationship building among farmers, restaurants, grocers, individuals and organizations through the frame of ecological farming and food justice.

The monthly events of the Foodshed Project are hosted at the Downtown Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market the second Wednesday of each month between June and September. The majority of presenters at these events are the farmers and vendors who, through their stories and activities, illuminate the history of specific foods and agricultural practices while putting delicious tastings of pesto and honeyed pastries in the hands of customers.

FSP also partners with food-focused organizations, offering a venue for local leaders, young and old, to educate the community about food justice issues and inspire us to make the most informed consumer decisions possible within the global foodshed we are a part of.

Please contact Nicki Zahm with questions or if you would like to volunteer, or (831) 325-4294.


2019 FoodShed Project Series

The 2019 season ramps back up in June.  Join us for a fun day of family friendly festivities. Come and learn, taste, participate, dance and enjoy the markets at their best.

June 12
Call of the Olive

GOOD FAITH FARM is a unique orchard, growing olives organically and using traditional methods of brining and pressing olive oil. Taste six varieties and learn all about it. Then join Amanda Heyse of BURN HOT SAUCE as she demos artful and approachable ways to eat this flavorful food on the daily.

July 10
Extraordinary Strawberry

A staple of the market circuit, Ronald Donkervoort of WINDMILL FARM brings us back to a classic crop central to the regional economy. Take a seat at this educational session and stick around as MOUNTAIN FEED & FARM SUPPLY demos unique ways to make this berry shine.

 August 14
Dios Mio, Tomatillo

Owner of the beloved PINNACLE FARM Phil Foster steps up to the plate and shines a light on tomatillos – a fine fruit still unknown to some. MY MOM’S MOLE follows up with simple and savory culinary creations. Taste it, then make it at home!

September 11
The Great Date

FLYING DISC RANCH grows over ten varieties of dates throughout the year. Learn how they are cultivated and about their nutritional properties. Next, saddle up to a sweet date with the PENNY ICE CREAMERY, folding the delicious date flavor into something new and just for you.

Youth leaders head up educational activities for all ages – 3 to 103. Youth run Museum of Art & History Subjects 2 Change offer art making. SC Public Libraries’ KERMIT the bicycle book mobile join for scavenger hunts, book rentals and summer programs.