THE FOODSHED PROJECT

It is with a bit of heaviness that we announce the cancellation of our 2020 FoodShed Project Series. These are events that bring our markets to life in a unique and personal way. Walking away from a season that we have plotted and planned for is difficult but it is the right and responsible choice in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to hit the ground running in 2021 with the same outstanding line up of farmers, face painters, educators, youth staff and community partners.

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, 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 Nicki Zahm with questions or if you would like to volunteer, education@santacruzfarmersmarket.org 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.

 

2020 FoodShed Project Series – Postponed

This will likely be the 2021 Schedule of Events.

DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET SERIES 2-5p

Farmers and chefs from our membership take the stage at these unique events. Presentations run 3-4p. Music runs 4-5p. Other festivities 2-5p.

June 9
So Very Blueberry

TRIPLE DELIGHT and the PENNY ICE CREAMERY team up for a blueberry bash. Try three blueberry varietals and find out if you can grow them in your backyard. Then step right up for an ice cream triathlon – see it, smell it, eat it. In that order.

July 7
Redeeming Greens

This versatile crop deserves our attention. Tom Broz of LIVE EARTH FARM digs deep, revealing seeds of wisdom the the kale, chard and collard hold. Then Amanda of BURN Hot Sauce applies her culinary creativity and Alakazam! Deliciousness for you to taste and repeat at home.

August 11
Flower Power

BLUE HERON FARMS has been growing gorgeous blooms for decades in Corralitos. Learn about organic flower cultivation and arranging, then make a small bouquet just your own.

September 8
Lavish Cabbage

BLOSSOM’S BIODYNAMIC FARM owners Delmar and Carin work in cahoots with Ronald Donkervoort of WINDMILL FARM to make cabbage magic. Learn fermentation basics and walk away with the inside scoop on heirlooms and all they have to offer.

 

FELTON FARMERS’ MARKET SERIES

Mountain Feed & Farm Supply (MFFA) DIY workshops and the Felton community at large make these events unique. MFFS presentations run 3-4p. Foodshed Fact Hunt, bike blender, music, photobooth and art table run 1:30-5:30p. Facepainting is 2-5p.

May 4
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 Vasquez farms and whipped cream – come out for a piece and welcome your favorite vendors back to this beautiful market in the woods. There will be face painting, live music, a photobooth and  more. Mountain Feed and Farm Supply joins us for a DIY workshop making traditional strawberry jam from 3-4p. It’s time to get your weekly market shopping pattern started again!

June 15
Summer, Summer, Summer Time

The Felton Farmers’ Market celebrates the beginning of summer – the warmest, longest days of the year and loaded tables high with a growing variety of fruits and veggies. Special guests Mountain Feed and Farm Supply head up a DIY workshop from 3-4p making a fermented zucchini pickle. Taste California Kurobuta sausages, summer squash and other seasonal treats hot off the griddle.

August 17
Tomato Tornado Celebration

Do you know the difference between an heirloom and a hybrid tomato? Come by this event to find out and swap knowledge. Taste a dry-farmed early girl, a Santa Cruz County farming invention. Compare the Green Zebra and a Cherokee Purple, the Brandywine and the black cherry tomato. Mountain Feed and Farm Supply joins us for a DIY workshop using tomatoes from 3-4p and all of the other FSP festivities bring this market to life.

September 14
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 this free event where a flurry of activities ignite your palet, your curiosity and your silliness. Mountain Feed and Farm Supply joins us for a DIY workshop making apple sauce from 3-4p. The apple art table, scavenger hunt with the SC Public Libraries and live music set the mood. There will be apple pressing and tasting, face painting, apples selling for a dollar a pound.

October 12
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. Mountain Feed and Farm Supply heads up a DIY workshop on a specialty drink, pumpkin beer (non-alcoholic) with a ginger bug, from 3-4p.

 

SCOTTS VALLEY FARMERS’ MARKET SERIES

Mountain Feed & Farm Supply (MFFA) DIY workshops and the Scotts Valley community at large make these events unique. MFFS presentations run 10-11a. Foodshed Fact Hunt, bike blender, music, photobooth and art table run 9:30-12:30a. Facepainting is 10a-noon.

May 1
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. A new tradition at this market, FREE strawberry short cake and an array of festivities for all. Kids can dress up in their favorite strawberry inspired outfit and visit the photo booth.

June 12
Summer, Summer, Summer Time

Apples grow all over Santa Cruz County and are delicious, hardy and loved for endless reasons. On August 31st, during the standard Scotts Valley Market hours (9am-1pm), the market rolls out this free event with a flurry of activities for kids and adults alike. The Santa Cruz Public Libraries offers story time and an apple scavenger hunt – participants learn foodie facts, talk to farmers and win a basket of berries. Mountain Feed and Farm Supply joins us for a DIY workshop making apple sauce from 10:30-11:30am. The apple art table and live music set the mood. Santa Cruz Cider heads up apple pressing and tasting – always a hit – and face painting decorates the little ones.

September 4
Apple-A-Day Festival

Apples grow all over Santa Cruz County and are delicious, hardy and loved for endless reasons. On August 31st, during the standard Scotts Valley Market hours (9am-1pm), the market rolls out this free event with a flurry of activities for kids and adults alike. The Santa Cruz Public Libraries offers story time and an apple scavenger hunt – participants learn foodie facts, talk to farmers and win a basket of berries. Mountain Feed and Farm Supply joins us for a DIY workshop making apple sauce from 10:30-11:30am. The apple art table and live music set the mood. Santa Cruz Cider heads up apple pressing and tasting – always a hit – and face painting decorates the little ones.

October 23
Foodie Fruity Wreath Making Extravaganza

Apples grow all over Santa Cruz County and are delicious, hardy and loved for endless reasons. On August 31st, during the standard Scotts Valley Market hours (9am-1pm), the market rolls out this free event with a flurry of activities for kids and adults alike. The Santa Cruz Public Libraries offers story time and an apple scavenger hunt – participants learn foodie facts, talk to farmers and win a basket of berries. Mountain Feed and Farm Supply joins us for a DIY workshop making apple sauce from 10:30-11:30am. The apple art table and live music set the mood. Santa Cruz Cider heads up apple pressing and tasting – always a hit – and face painting decorates the little ones.