For over 30 years Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Markets (SCCFM) has been committed to your health and to the health of the local economy.
SCCFM currently operates five Certified Farmers’ Markets in Santa Cruz County and represents over 100 family farms, specialty food purveyors and artisans.
Our markets showcase the best in regional organic produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs and dairy, sustainably-harvested seafoods and artisan goods.
Our focus is to provide you with direct access to the best selection of regional products while supporting responsible and ecological farming practices.
Purchasing your food through the area’s farmers’ markets ensures that you are getting the freshest, healthiest and tastiest foods while supporting local jobs, increasing local spending and promoting the region’s strong farming tradition.
Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Markets came together in the Fall of 1990 after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. In 1995, the Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market reorganized and became a non-profit under the name Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Market. The market has grown from a small venue that showcased the best in local growers to a nationally recognized market, offering one of the largest farmers market selections of certified organic produce in California.
We Are Certified
A Certified Farmers Market is approved by the County Agricultural Commissioner for certified farmers to directly market the products they grow and raise themselves.
All the growers in the SCCFM have been certified by the state to sell in certified markets. This does not mean they are certified organic, a typically assumption.
If a grower is ”Certified Organic”, they are required to adhere to Federal requirements one of which is additional certification through a third party agency like California Certifed Organic Farmers (CCOF).
Learn more about the different requirements here:
Nesh Dhillon, Executive Director
Nesh (Naish) is responsible for overall organizational development and coordinates operations. He has served as director since 2003 and worked as an assistant manager since 2001.
Nesh grew up up in Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon where he studied sports medicine and chemistry. From an early age, he fostered a love for food and the importance of where it is sourced. His passion for the markets comes from the farms that make up this area, the food artisans that are reinventing the way we eat and the never ending support of the SC community for their local food system. When he is not putting out fires at the markets, he likes to escape to Baja with his wife to enjoy the lack of stimulus and rules.
Thairie Richie, Market Assistant and Bike Valet Manager
Since December of 2014 Thairie has been running the Bike Valet Service at the Downtown SC farmers’ market, assistant managing at the Felton Farmers’ Market and supporting other SCCFM markets when needed. A graduate of the FoodWhat youth empowerment program, Thairie was one of four youth interns hired to help organize and run the Foodshed Project and Pop-Up Breakfast series in 2014. After the internship, Thairie continued to assist SCCFM; setting up, running and breaking down markets. His hard work and leadership quickly landed him a part-time position on staff. Thairie is also a student at Cabrillo College.
Linnea was born in Alaska and grew up in Mendocino County. She’s been doing farmy stuff since the age of 17. Linnea has worked for Route One, Swanton, and Happy Boy and Green Planet, mostly at the markets but also truck driving, farm dinner planning, admin. and greenhouse work. In Alaska she apprenticed for two years at Calypso Farm, worked on farms in Haines and Fairbanks and, for the past five years helped deliver seedlings (by boat and small plane) and planted home gardens in the Northwest Arctic. Valuing community spaces Linnea volunteers at the Fábrica. For fun I love to play music, dance, be with friends, travel, make radio stories, play capoeira, do anything creative, and sail. She has a BA in Latin American and Latino Studies & Literature from UCSC.