North Cost Growers' Association Humboldt County Farmers' Markets Weekday Farmers’ Markets Open 1st week of June in Eureka, Fortuna, McKinleyville and Willow Creek beginning June 4
Late spring rains made for a slow start this year, but do provide water for a long and bountiful growing season. With something for everyone, local farmers are ready to share the fruits of their labor including a wide variety of delicious and affordable fruits and vegetables, humanely raised meat and eggs, goat cheese, honey, wine and flowers, along with nursery starts for the garden, native and ornamental plants and more. Hot prepared foods are also available at the markets, with offerings ranging from hand-made brick oven pizza to Barbecue to vegan baked goods, sandwiches and soups, and everything in between. As always, farmers’ market festivities include free, local live music and a fun, family-friendly community gathering place open to everyone.
Arcata - The Summer Farmers’ Market Season has arrived in Humboldt County, with the opening of six weekday farmers’ markets beginning the first week of June!
With local markets in Eureka, Fortuna, McKinleyville and Willow Creek, community residents and visitors alike can celebrate the bounty of fresh, Humboldt-grown food at their neighborhood farmers’ markets. Farmers’ market goers can discover the many rewards of eating locally and seasonally, by tasting free samples, trying out new foods and meeting the local family farmers who work so hard to produce the highest quality food for Humboldt County. EUREKA: farmers’ markets have something to offer to visitors throughout the week, with 3 locations and times. Mid-day markets at the Old Town gazebo on Tuesdays and in Henderson Center on Thursdays are conveniently located and the perfect lunchtime stop to freshen up the week. The vibrant Friday Night Market at Clarke Plaza, hosted in partnership with the Eureka Visitor Center, promises a wide array of agricultural and prepared food products with even more vendors than last year, offering a fun activity for locals on Friday evenings.
The Fortuna Farmers’ Market is back on the scene on Tuesday afternoons as well, with several new vendors and musicians this season, as well as great seasonal activities for kids. Be on the lookout for “Fresh and Festive” events during the height of the season.
The McKinleyville Farmers’ Market, located at the Eureka Natural Foods McKinleyville store, is once again teaming up with the McKinleyville Community Services district on Thursday late afternoons during the summer for their “lawn games in the park,” offering even more vendors and products than before.
The Willow Creek Farmers’ Market is starting its third season this year, and market manager Robin Day is excited about some important changes. “We are moving the market to Veterans Park which is a traditional gathering place for community outdoor activities, has lots mor parking, and more room to include special events that will complement the market,” Day remarks. This market has lots of community enthusiasm, and hosts two popular community events -- a Zucchini race in July (visualize tricked-out zucchinis on wheels!) and a Blackberry dessert contest in August.
Eureka Market Manager David MacCuish shares his thoughts about what makes these smaller weekday markets special. “I love the weekday markets. A broad cross-section of local farmers roll into our neighborhoods. There is a magical quaintness in these open air markets that lets us get to know the people
Laura Hughes, Director of Market Operations 707-441-9999