Farmers Markets Opening This Weekend!

Nevada County’s Farmers Markets are considered essential businesses, just like our grocery stores, and several are opening up in May with new social distancing rules in place.

Producers and market managers have taken measures to comply with the California Department of Public Health Guidance, and according to news posted by Nevada County “will allow for a low-risk environment for residents of Nevada County to obtain the necessary and nutrient-rich foods for their family.”

The Grass Valley Farmers’ Market on Saturdays begins this weekend at its new location at McKnight Crossing in the Kmart parking lot, from 8am – 1pm. The Tuesday Market begins next week at the Pine Creek Shopping Center (in the Raley’s parking lot), from 8am – 1pm.  The Grass Valley downtown and Thursday night markets are not yet open.

The Nevada City Farmers’ Market will be held this Saturday, from 9 – 12pm, off Union Street in Nevada City, in the Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Co. parking lot.  The summer season weekly markets will begin June 6th.  If you would like to learn more about safety measures put in place for the market, you can read more here.

Both markets accept EBT/Calfresh benefits, and you can even double your EBT shopping dollars with the market match program!

Now more than ever, we have come to understand the importance of our local food system, and have deeper appreciation for the hardworking farmers and ranchers who are providing our community with nourishing food during these unprecedented times.  The County of Nevada and the County Department of Agriculture urges residents to support their local farmers’ and producers by shopping at local farmers’ markets.  We hope you will too! Come out and enjoy these locally and regionally grown foods, maintain your social distancing, and enjoy this great benefit of living in Nevada County.

Note: In Eastern Nevada County, the Truckee Farmers’ Market is currently suspended for the 2020 season.