Downtown
Time: 1:30–5:30p (Fall/Winter seasonal hours)
Day: Wednesday
Months: Year-round
Location: Cedar St & Lincoln St, Downtown Santa Cruz
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Our largest and oldest market is situated in the heart of Downtown Santa Cruz, one block off of Pacific Ave. In addition to a large variety of farm products, this market offers a great selection of local artisan foodstuffs, delicious baked goods, and lots of options for lunch and dinner. The market provides a large shaded cafe seating area, operates a supervised veggie valet program and live music is always present. Shopping at the Wednesday market is a wonderful way to support local farms and bring home the best produce available.


Artisan Foods and Cafe Seating

Food trucks, ethnic culinary creations and pickled preserves draw people to market for more than grocery shopping. A newly expanded dining section features talented chefs creating farm-to market menus each week based on the seasonal bounty they source from the farms at market. On Wednesdays eat your lunch or dinner outdoors, with family, friends and neighbors. Amidst the sounds of live music, and the smells of delicious food, take a seat, let your little ones run around and indulge in the offerings of our thriving agricultural community.

Veggie Valet

The Veggie Valet is a free service that allows you to drop off your farmers market purchases and either continue shopping or grab your car for curbside pickup. This service is exclusive to the Downtown Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market.  The Veggie Valet booth is located at the Information Booth on the first row or at the corner of Cedar St and Lincoln. Services are available from 1:30pm am to 6 pm.

The Foodshed Project

The Foodshed Project (FSP) is an education and outreach program of SCCFM which highlights the significant work being rolled out by SCCFM farmers, food artisans and community partners in the nearest regions of our foodshed. The 2013 Event Series is over. We will post the 2014 series as soon as we put it all together.

If you would like to play at the Downtown market, we ask you check in at the Information booth. Due to the limited space we do not currently schedule bands but have designated spots in the market, where musicians can play for no more than 30 minutes. We ask that you keep track of your time and then move to a different spot.  Music style must work with the market and neighboring vendors ability to work. We ask that you do not use any percussions or amplification. We also do not allow performances in the market unless approved by SCCFM.

Non-Profits & Political Action Tables

We provide space on the back wall of the Downtown market to non-profit groups and local organizations wanting to distribute information. We do not charge for the space and we do not provide any equipment. No commerce is allowed. Scheduling is not required. If you are interested in tabling at our other markets, please contact us for scheduling at info@santacruzfarmersmarket.org.

Arts & Crafts

We have a rotating, monthly booth that profiles local crafts that support the home and a focus on food and the kitchen. If you are interested in learning more, please email our organizer Garimo at garimo@GreatChai.com.