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Jul 12, 2001 12:16 PM

Santa Cruz Farmers' Market

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The Wednesday afternoon Santa Cruz farmers' market in downtown Santa Cruz is an excellent place to buy very high quality, delicious organically grown produce -- almost all the vendors were organic farmers. The prices are quite a bit lower than the Ferry Building farmers' market in SF and the quality was at least as high as the best SF vendors a few weeks ago when I visited the Santa Cruz market. The greens and stone fruit were particularly excellent.

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  1. Nancy, are the growers here mostly local? I've been to the farmers market in Salinas with my mom, and most of the stone fruit and melons seem to come from the Fresno and other parts of the Central Valley.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      I think most of the growers were local. People seemed to know each other at this market. And the quality was impressive! I was really blown away by the quality of the greens -- chard, kale, bok choy and other Asian greens, salad greens -- all superb. There was also a guy there selling peppers who really knew his stuff. It was fun just listening to him talk about his produce. All in all, a market I wish were a bit closer to San Francisco, but which I'll visit again.

      1. re: Melanie Wong
        Brandon Nelson

        Good Day Nancy

        Check out the U.S.D.A. websight ( Jason Perlow posted the U.R.L. on the main board on the ecent farmers market thread) The markets that carry U.S.D.A. certification have to meet some specific geographical requirements. There also (I believe) need to be a certain percentage of organic products.