ADD FLAVOR TO YOUR LIFE (ALMOST) ANY DAY OF THE WEEK
MONDAY You can be sure to secure amazing finds at the Laytonville Market at Harwood Hall. Specially cured teas, fresh apples, handmade children’s tutus, and crafts are all on offer. Happy Day Farms grows tons of vegetables, and shoppers can always find fresh eggs. Kids are often seen dancing as local musicians entertain the crowds.
WEDNESDAY Even on foggy afternoons, the Fort Bragg Market is bustling and beautiful. The overflowing flowers and fresh vegetables from Nye Ranch are a wonder to behold. Bolliver’s Fine Food & Confections makes a huge variety of goodies like hand-crafted chocolates or shrimp curry to-go. The Noyo Food Forest has all the vegetables you need, and you can always find fresh caught fish from Princess Seafood.
THURSDAY The Willits Market is a hub of community life. The nearby playground is always full of laughing kids as parents on picnic blankets snack on fresh cherries and strawberries. Get locally raised Ford Beef, fresh eggs from Amanda Fairall, and gourmet dinners from Good Earth Kitchen. The salad mix from Green Uprising Farm and any raspberries get snapped up quickly. The Farmers Market Band keeps everyone hoppin’.
FRIDAY The drive to Round Valley is not for the faint of heart but it is well worth it for the Friday Market from noon to three at the Library Commons. This non-certified market is a bit renegade, and delights locals with produce grown less than a mile away, freshly made sourdough bread (if you are early enough), and Jim’s salsa (probably the best I have had).
The Mendocino Farmers Market is nestled beneath the eucalyptus trees. The whole village turns out to grab their fresh vegetables. Petit Teton may be on hand with produce, jams and artisan cocktail mixers. Fortunate Farm grows the most stunning gladiolas to complement their vegetables. Sample the stone ground, fresh pressed olive oil of Terra Sávia with a Fort Bragg Bakery baguette.
SATURDAY The Ukiah Market was started in 1977 and is the oldest in Mendocino County. It boasts the largest group of vendors of all the markets. From 9 to noon you can pick up not only right from-the-farm produce but also artisan cheeses and handmade baked goods.
Folks in Anderson Valley gather next to the Boonville Hotel for their weekly farmers market, where you might find sun-ripened tomatoes and other veg from the likes of Wild Acre Farm, Brock Farms, and Blue Meadow Farm. Petit Teton Farm offers chicken, eggs and pork from their happy farm raised pigs. Pick up some fresh goat cheese and crafts from the Patchwork Goat or sample Yorkville Olive Ranch olive oils.
SUNDAY Sunday mornings are relaxed and easy at the Redwood Valley Market in Lions Club Park from 9 to noon. This sunny market is the perfect place to pick up some fresh pork from Jesse at Inland Organics and veggies from Black Dog Farm for a Sunday BBQ.