Farmers Market opens in Mount Shasta today

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
A scene from last year's Farmers Market, which opens this afternoon in Mount Shasta on Castle Street, between Sportsmen's Den and Ace Hardware.

The Mount Shasta Farmers Market will open its 15th season this afternoon, June 2, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. with a full complement of local growers, food crafters, and community shoppers. The event showcases small farmers from our region who have been focused this year on growing their crops despite the drought conditions that exist throughout the area and takes place on Castle Street at N. Mt. Shasta Blvd.

To make wise use of the limited water available, Floyd Latham of Horse Creek Farm is using “targeted irrigation.” When asked to define this practice Latham stated it’s “making every drop count!”

Farther down the Klamath River, Marguerite Pierce of Pierce Family Farm reports that the annual rainfall for her area is not that far off from normal amounts, but added that “the snow pack is what you want for long-lasting reserves.” But the snow pack is just not there and the springs at Pierce Farm are lower than normal so they are conserving water by mulching their crops and using more drip irrigation.

Plus she added, they are “tightening their hose clamps a little bit more.”

In the Shasta Valley, the fruit trees at Hunter Orchards were pruned more heavily this year to keep the trees smaller which creates less of a demand for water. Additionally, the hundreds of trees in the orchard are all on a drip system, but this year the orchard grasses between the rows of trees will not be irrigated. All agree that it is already a challenging year.

The farmers’ market is a lively venue where shoppers can buy produce, meat, honey and young plant starts directly from the growers, talk with them about their challenges and successes, and support their efforts.

The market has been growing every year and new farmers are attending this year from Scott Valley, Happy Camp, and the Shasta Valley. Hand crafted food items, breads, pastries, tamales, spring rolls, pasta, sauces and dips are also available, all created by locals in the community.

The Mount Shasta Farmers’ Market, located on Castle Street at N. Mt. Shasta Blvd., is open every Monday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and gladly accepts EBT/CalFresh, as well as the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Coupons for WIC and seniors.

For more information call 436-2532.