AGRICULTURAL

2017 Mt. Shasta Farmers' Market opens Monday

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
The 2017 Mt. Shasta Farmers' Market is scheduled for Mondays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on North Mt. Shasta Blvd. from May 22 to Oct. 16, excluding July 3. File photo

The Mt. Shasta Farmers’ Market’s 19th season of operation is set to begin Monday, May 22 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on the 400 block of North Mt. Shasta Boulevard in Mount Shasta.

The market promises to be a lively and vibrant market season with all the rain this winter and the growing popularity of the live music, according to a Farmers Market press release.

It will continued each Monday afternoon, excluding July 3, until Oct. 16.

Tiny Sound Farm Band members Ken Nelson, Richard Lucas and friends will be the opening band and other musicians throughout the season include Allison & Victor, Steve and Caya Layman, Anna Repetto and Scott Durbin, Rick Garrett and more.

This season will bring in the old and the new again with between 35 to 40 vendors over the full season. The Mt. Shasta Farmers’ Market remains committed to its mission to support local agriculture in Siskiyou County and will continue to maintain its balance of at least half of the vendors selling vegetables and fruits or meats and eggs, the release states.

“We are excited by the new applications we received to join our market and are thrilled to see new farmers in the mix” said Kirsten Olson, founder and manager of the 2017 Market. “We work hard to create a lively and abundant shopping experience and to showcase the hard work and effort of our local farmers, ranchers, and food and craft artisans. We also have some new products and food vendors so come early.”

The market will offer Market Match coupons to CalFresh/SNAP, WIC and Senior Nutrition Voucher customers with the help of a donation from Dignity Health to help match funds spent.

This program allows shoppers receiving benefits to double their spending power and creates more revenue for the farmers. The MSFM offers up to $15 extra in MarketMatch per market day to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables.

“We are grateful for how the city and the community embrace this market. The City of Mount Shasta staff is to be commended for their efforts each week. They re-route detour traffic to make a positive difference for downtown merchants and market goers” said Jefferson Economic Development Institute Director Nancy Swift.

“Our goals this year include increasing the overall number of and revenue generated by shoppers – including those with special matching opportunities, increasing the number of new growers and ranchers in the market, increasing the connections with the schools and the local restaurants,” said Swift.

This year’s vendor list is not all inclusive and will change but includes: Baby G soaps, Bear Wallow Herbs, Bluebird Bakery, Cornerstone Farm, Healthy Gardens, Homeward Bounty Farm, Horse Creek Farm, Hunter Orchards, Infinity Kombucha, Kathleen’s Creations, Kindred Gardens, Lava Oasis Farm, Marble Mountain Farm, Mount Shasta Mushroom Company, Mountain View Organics, Mt. Shasta Wild, Northbound Coffee Roasters, Pauline’s Magic Sauces, Rockside Ranch, Running Rabbit Mills, Salt and Savour, Scott River Ranch, Sengthongs, Shasta Clay, Shasta Mountain Aquaponics, The Oven Bakery, Where Fairies Bloom Herb and Flower Farm, and Windborne Farm.

The market will continue to host the WIC representatives on several different days to help people sign up and ask questions about WIC benefits. There will be a nonprofit booth with rotating organizations sharing their information.

The market continues to seek volunteers interested in helping out on market day.

For more information or to apply for space at the market, see www.mtshastafarmersmarket.com.

The Mt. Shasta Farmers’ Market is a project of a community nonprofit, the Jefferson Economic Development Institute. Founded in 1997 with a mission to increase the economic well-being of people and communities through business development and local wealth creation, JEDI is committed to running projects that build our local economy.

This farmers’ market provides a market opportunity and supports the development of agriculture and farms in Siskiyou County as well as community health and wellness.