The Foodshed Project is rolling out again in 2024 at the Scotts Valley and Felton farmers’ markets. Dates and themes are listed below.

The Foodshed Project (FSP) is an educational program of the Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Markets and includes farmers, food artisans, community-based organizations and local chefs. Featuring events at the Downtown Santa Cruz (back in 2023), Felton and Scotts Valley farmers’ markets, FSP highlights various food issues and offers interactive mini-classes, hands-on activities, live music, face painting, playing with food and storytelling at the markets. Our goal is to illuminate and support the important work being done in our regional foodshed. All events are free, fun and family friendly.

We employ graduates of the outstanding local program FoodWhat?! which orchestrates transformation and youth empowerment through agriculture. FSP also partners with food-focused organizations, offering a venue for local leaders, young and old, to educate the community about food justice issues and inspire us to make the most informed consumer decisions possible within the global foodshed we are a part of.

Please contact Nicole Zahm with questions or if you would like to volunteer, or (831) 325-4294

What is a Food Shed?

A foodshed is a geographic region that supplies a population center with food. The term is often used to describe the movement of food from producer to consumer (Hedden,1929) considering all points along the way including labor, processing, transport, waste and so on.




Felton Farmers’ Market Events

Activity stations, treats, a celebratory air and the Felton community at large make these events unique. The Santa Cruz Public Library runs a market hunt with prizes and can check out books on the spot. Live music is 2-5p. The photobooth, bicycle blender and art table run 1:30-5:30p. Face painting is 1:30-5p.

May 7
Season Opener Celebration/Free Strawberry Shortcake

The Felton Market returns and it’s time for a party! Shortcake from Beckmann’s Bakery, strawberries from Live Earth and JCG farms and whipped cream. Come out for a piece and say hello to your favorite vendors at this beautiful market in the woods. Mountain Feed & Farm Supply hosts a FREE quick jam workshop from 3-4p. It’s time to get your weekly market shopping pattern started again!

June 25th

Take a break with us and welcome the longest days of the year. Hello sunshine! Bring the kiddos, a friend, a lover and get into a maze of activities across the market aisles. Taste stone fruit, join Mountain Feed for a FREE kraut making workshop and pass by the PENNY ICE CREAMERY – FREE mini-scoops to the first 300 who visit. There’s nothing like summertime.

September 10th
Apple-a-Day Festival!

Apples grow all over Santa Cruz County and are delicious, hardy and loved for endless reasons. Let’s celebrate them at the market where a flurry of activities ignite your pallet, curiosity and silliness. Santa Cruz Cider joins us for apple cider pressing and tasting. Whether you are four or 94, you can have a turn at the crank. Chef Jessica Yarr of the Grove Cafe teaches a FREE vegetable butchery workshop, 3-4p.

October 15
Pumpkin Decorating Bonanza!

Let’s welcome the fall and its fading light with free pumpkin decorating! At this annual tradition kids and adults alike will sit down to celebrate the harvest season, the coming holidays and the joy of playing with food. Rodoni pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be dressed up with veggies, string, pipe cleaners, buttons and googly eyes. Vendors take advantage of the theme – when you are done with the market hunt seek out some pumpkin ice cream and cardamom carrot pumpkin bread!


Scotts Valley Farmers’ Market Events

Woo hoo for bicycle blending, music, and art-making! Music and face paint run 9:30a-12:30p. The Santa Cruz Public Library runs a market hunt with prizes and can check out books on the spot, 9a-12:30p.

May 4
Season Opener Celebration/Free Strawberry Shortcake

Grab your bags, your kids, your sweetie, your neighbor and head to the opening day at the Scotts Valley Farmers’ Market. Pick up some FREE strawberry short cake upon arrival and then get into an array of festivities for all.

July 20
Summer Sweets

Midsummer is celebrated all over the world. Let’s do it right here! Visit local farms and try at least five foods you have never tasted before. Join a FREE salsa-making workshop (10-11a) with Mountain Feed & Farm Supply – think original and that perfect blend of sweet, tart and salty. Taste it and then pick up everything you need to make it at home. Celebrate with us on this summer day.

August 24
Pepper Par-tay

Let’s heat it up. Prizes, peaches and a FREE fer-mented hot sauce workshop with Mt. Feed (10-11a). Enjoy all the usual FoodShed Project Event features too!

November 9
Foodie Fruity Wreath Making Extravaganza

On fall day the Scotts Valley Market rolls out this free event with a flurry of activities for all to enjoy. The biggest highlight being foodie, fruity wreath making. At no cost to you, make and walk away with a seasonal wreath decked out with dried fruit, flowers and foraged greenery. Get into the hunt, face painting, art making and prize winning too!