Kevin L. Hoover
Mad River Union
PLAZA – The popular Farmers’ Market went year-round last winter, with a handful of vendors clustered around Café Brio at Eighth and G streets.
Business was brisk, so starting Saturday, Nov. 30, the Winter Farmers’ Market will line one block of G Street on the central Plaza. The Winter Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the fall and winter, rain or shine.Some 10 to 13 vendors will be at the first market, according to David MacCuish, winter market manager.
The shift to the central Plaza will help accommodate all the farmers who wanted to participate through the winter.
“It was maxed out,” MacCuish said. “We had more local vendors interested than we had space for.”
The Plaza offers abundant elbow room for the farmers and their wares, but it shouldn’t dwarf the market. “We think we’ll fill the G Street space pretty well,” MacCuish said.
Attendees are invited to use their EBT cards to receive five free “Market Match” bucks to spend on market offerings.
Among the selections at the first market of the winter season will be poultry, winter squash, beets and other root vegetables.
Traffic on G Street will be restricted to one lane past the Plaza.
"The winter markets will not be hosting any live music, given the smaller size and less predictable weather," said Ivy Matheny of the North Coast Growers Association. Nor will they feature any crafts or hot food, so as to not compete with local businesses over the holidays.
"We are excited to be hosting a market at a time of year that will not only provide a direct marketing opportunity for our hard working small farmers, but also bring more potential holiday customers to local businesses on and just off the Plaza," Matheny said.
Participating farmers include:
Reed's Bees- Honey
Flora Organica- Brussels sprouts, cabbage, lettuce, herbs and veggie
starts, cut flowers, wreaths
Organic Matters Ranch- Brussels sprouts, chicken, eggs, pork
I and I Farms- potatoes, greens, onions, carrots, broccoli
Earthly Edible- apples, onions, cabbages, broccoli
McIntosh Farms- chestnuts, persimmons
North Bay Shellfish- oysters
Jacob's Greens- salad mix, herbs and veggie starts
Forest Lakes Nursery- dwarf conifers, bonsais, pork
Ewe So Dirty- soaps, balms, hand-spun hats, gloves, scarves, and lamb
Shakefork Community Farm- chicken, grains, veggies
Rain Frog Farm- leeks, cabbages, greens
Rock N Rose- flowers, veggie starts
Feisty Dog Orchards- heirloom apples
River Bees- honey
Angora Bunny Lady- hand-spun Angora bunny scarves, hats, gloves and gopher deterrents…
For more information, call (707) 441-9999 or visit humfarm.org.