Mt. Shasta Farmers' Market to open earlier than ever, May 23

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A Mt. Shasta Farmers' Market market day bounty in downtown Mount Shasta.

The Mt. Shasta Farmers’ Market is beginning its 18th season earlier than ever with the first of 22 scheduled market days on Monday, May 23, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on N. Mt. Shasta Blvd.

With a mission to support local agriculture and local foods, organizers state in a press release that “the market is growing and expanding to provide the community with the best our region has to offer in terms of locally grown produce, meats, poultry, creative food products and more.”

Market co-manager Kirsten Olson states in the release, “We are looking forward to a bumper crop of vendors this year. We will have more vendors on opening day this year than any previous year and the diversity of applications we have received is very exciting. We are supporting new farmers and new opportunities. We are also opening earlier than ever and will have 22 market days this year. We anticipate 8 agricultural producers on opening day among the 15 or so vendors which also breaks a record for all previous year opening days. Of course, the number of vendors doubles over the course of the season.”

The Market is expanding its location to include the 400 block of N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. as well as Parker Plaza behind it.

“We are so grateful to the City and the surrounding business owners for all their support to make this market happen in the middle of town each week,” states co-manager Phoenix Lawhon Isler. “This will allow us to accommodate the new vendors who have applied this year.”

The market has built a new website – www.mtshastafarmersmarket.com – to highlight the vendors and their products. It includes contact information and the vendor schedules.

Musicians interested in playing at market and volunteers wanting to help can find application forms on the website.

The Market is continuing its Market Match program this year with some new upgrades.

Market Match is available for CalFresh SNAP recipients. Up to $15 per market day is available for users with an equal SNAP benefit purchase as well. WIC representatives will be onsite a few more days this season answering questions and registering for the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers to spend at market. Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers are also accepted and can be acquired at the Mt. Shasta Senior Meals program.

Opening day will include live latin-style guitar playing from Rick Garrett.

For more information, contact the Farmers’ Market through its website: www.mtshastafarmersmarket.com or on Facebook.