Find a local farm market here

Looking for a local, true farmer's market in Monterey and San Benito County area of California?  Scroll down this page and you will see the farm markets, farm stands, roadside stands, produce markets, even garden fruit and vegetable stands and seasonal community farmer's markets in Monterey and San Benito County area of California, sorted by county. Markets offering organic or sustainably grown produce are identified by the words "organic" and/or "sustainable" in Green, next to their name. If they have a website, the name will be in blue and underlined; click on it and it will open their website.

And if you know of one I missed and want to add it or correct the information, please let me know!  

What's in season in May 2017, and other timely information:

May brings with it Spring and the ability to buy locally, especially in the deep South where fresh strawberries are available in Florida and Texas, followed by California. Cold weather crops, like spinach, some lettuces, peas, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, leeks and early onions being harvested in all but the colder regions. Many markets still have fresh winter squash, stored from last Autumn.

Farmer's Market Listings, by county

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Monterey County

  • Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) - Certified Organic, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, all produce is certified organically grown, Uncovered outdoor market,
    1700 Old Stage Road, Salinas, CA 93908. Phone: 831-758-1469. Open: October 17, 2010, Saturday 11 am to 4 pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Exit Potter Road on Highway 101 to 1700 Old Stage Road. We are located 7 miles south of downtown Salinas, California. We are certified organic for all crops! Payment: Cash, only. The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) is an organic farm business training center for aspiring limited-resource farmers. Beginning farmers will offer for sale organically-grown produce and pumpkins. Fall Harvest Celebration activities include pumpkin decorating, hay rides and prepared food with the opportunity to meet and support the farmers! Remember to bring cash and your own bag. (ADDED: October 12, 2010)
  • High Ground Organics - Certified Organic, Farm stand / farm market on a farm, Farmers market (multiple stalls or vendors), Wide variety of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, all produce is certified organically grown,
    310 Harvest Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076. Phone: (831) 212-1990. Email: mike@highgroundorganics.com. Open: Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM. Directions: Our farmstand is at the Annieglass location just off Riverside Drive in Watsonville. Located conveniently just a mile from Highway 1, you can stop in here to load up on fresh strawberries, or to buy your week’s lettuce, greens, tomatoes, carrots, herbs, scallions, squash, and other vegetables and fruits. We always have a good variety to sell. In addition to our own certified organic produce, we also sometimes offer a few sought-after items from other local organic farms, including avocados from Old Adobe Orchard, eggs from Fiesta Farm and Lemonade Springs Farm and organic flowers from Steve’s cousin Josh at Thomas Farm. We know that half of you mainly come for the berries. We choose the varieties of berries we grow for their excellent flavor and we can pick them ripe because we are not shipping them across the state or country. They come right out of the field and into the farmstand or our CSA boxes.  As organic farmers, we rotate our strawberry patch every year to foil the fungal diseases that build up in the soil. Once we’ve planted a patch into berries, we won’t grow berries on that same ground for at least 4 years. (Conventional growers fumigate their fields every year to kill these pathogens.)  We expect to have strawberries from late March or early April to October. Blueberries have a shorter season (late spring to mid summer). We grow four varieties of southern highbush blueberries at our home site. They are SouthMoon, O’Neal, Misty, and Jewel. We have a wide variety of vegetables available at the farmstand too. Here are some of the vegetables that we grow: beans (green, yellow, romano), beets (red, gold, chioggia), bok choy, braising mix, broccoli, butternut squash, cabbage (green, red, and savoy), carrots, cauliflower (white, purple and orange), celery, chard (red, green, gold), cilantro, collards, dill, fennel, green onions, kale (green, lacinato, red russian), leeks, lettuce (red and green leaf, oak leaf, red and green butter, little gem, romaine), mei quin choi, potatoes (red, gold), pumpkins (jack o’lantern, rouge vif d’etampes, sugar pie), onions, peppers, radishes, romanesco, salad mix, spinach, summer squash (cousa, yellow crookneck, zucchini), tomatoes (cherry, plum, Momataro, Valley Girl, Heirloom), turnips, and winter squash (many interesting types). To find out what’s at the stand before you go, you can check our Facebook page. Our Farmstand Manager Extraordinaire Mike posts each week what’s available. You can also call him or e-mail him..  (ADDED: May 15, 2017, JBS)

 

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