The Foodshed Project is rolling out again in 2023 at the Scotts Valley and Felton farmers’ markets. Exact 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 Nicki 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.




Past Events: 2023 Season Below

Felton Farmers’ Market Events

Activity stations, treats, a celebratory air and the Felton community at large make these events unique. The Foodshed Fact Hunt, live music, photobooth, face painting and art table run 1:30-5p.

May 2
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. It’s time to get your weekly shopping pattern started again!

June 27th

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 grilled stone fruit and pass by the PENNY ICE CREAMERY – FREE mini-scoops to the first 300 who visit. Mountain Feed & Farm Supply offering a mini jam-making workshop at 3pm. There’s nothing like summertime.

September 12th
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. Santa Cruz Cider joins us for apple cider pressing. Whether you are four or 94, you can have a turn at the crank.

October 17
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!



The Foodshed Fact Hunt, music, photobooth and art table run 9:30a-12:30p. Face painting is 10a-noon.

May 6
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, once again popping up at the Boys and Girls Club on Scotts Valley Drive! Pick up some FREE strawberry short cake upon arrival and then get into an array of festivities for all.

July 15
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 workshop with Karla from Mountain Feed & Farm Supply – think herby, seasonal slaw with the perfect crunch and sauciness. Taste it and then pick up everything you need to make it at home. The Penny Ice Creamery will be handing out free mini-scoops from 11am-1pm. Celebrate with us on this summer day.

September 23
Foodie Fruity Wreath Making Extravaganza

On this late summer/early fall day the Scotts Valley Market rolls out this free event with a flurry of activities for all to enjoy. The biggest highlight on this day is foodie, fruity wreath making. At no cost to you, make and walk away with a seasonal wreath decked out with dried fruit and flowers and foraged greenery. Enjoy all the usual FoodShed Project Event features too!