SCCFM launches a series of six celebrations of our local foods
Today from 3 to 5pm, the Downtown Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market will kick off a summer-long series of festive and educational monthly events with a celebration of the strawberry.
The Strawberry Bonanza will feature music, a strawberry hunt led by Food What?!, the youth empowerment program based at the UCSC Farm, a cooking demonstration with Companion Bakeshop and a chance to learn more about the history and importance of strawberries in our region from Swanton Berry Farm.
There will even be special prices on strawberries, and such other features as face-painting, a children’s art area, and a bicycle-powered blender to turn your purchases into smoothies!
The schedule of events is as follows:
3:00 Strawberry Shortcake Make it and Taste it with Companion Bakeshop
3:30 Swanton Berry Farm Storytelling and Activity at the “Hay Bale Forum”
3:50 Strawberry Hunt with ‘Food, What?!’ Youth Leadership
4:00 Live Music
And this event is just the start! Mark your calendar for these future installments:
• Wed. July 4th from 3 to 5pm: Livestock Lowdown, a barbeque of pastured meats featuring el Salchichero and Fogline Farm;
• Wed. Aug. 1 from 3 to 5pm: Peach Partay with The Penny Ice Creamery and Frog Hollow;
• Wed. Sept 5 from 3 to 5pm: Tomato Tate-off with India Joze, Happy Boy Farms and Molino Creek;
•Fri. Sept. 7 from 4 to 6pm : La Comida del Pueblo de Watsonville with Comida Oaxaquena and JCG Farm;
•Wed. Oct. 3rd from 3 to 5pm: Apple of My Eye with Local FATT and Mello-Dy Ranch.
All events except for Sept. 7 will be held at the Downtown Farmers’ Market, which is located at Lincoln and Cedar Sts. and is open year-round, rain or shine, from 1:30 to 6:30pm. The Sept. 7 event will be held at the Friday night Watsonville Certified Farmers Market, located at Peck and Main Sts.
The Foodshed Project is funded through a grant made by the USDA jointly to the Santa Cruz Community Farmers Markets and the Ecological Farming Association.
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