The Felton and Scotts Valley Farmers Markets are closed until May, but the ones in Live Oak, Cabrillo, Downtown and Westside are open year round with special winter crops.
“When you’re missing the tomato, the peach and the padron pepper, let yourself fall in love with the kiwi, the apple, the chicory,” says Nicole Zahm, Education Coordinator for Santa Cruz Community Farmers Markets. “The colder months bring sweeter carrots – beets and greens are sweeter and more vibrant too. Many culinary herbs thrive in the winter, kept safe from pests by the coastal winds and cool air.”
Some of the edible highlights include:
Home Away – fresh pastas, sauces, olives, sausages, charcuterie, steaks, lard, pate and more.
Full Steam Dumplings – gyoza, dumplings, pancakes, bun, sauces and ramen.
Mattia Pizza – vegetarian and meat pizzas.
Rogue Pyes – a huge variety of frozen vegetarian and meat pies.
Nomad Momo – Tibetan dumplings, vegetarian and meat.
The Midway Santa Cruz – seasonal breakfast meals and bites – super fresh and creative.
Scrumptious Fish and Chips – in all kinds of arrangements.
India Gourmet – vegetarian, vegan and meat naan wraps, curries, rice, samosas, chutneys and chai.
Tía Beré – tostadas, chile relleno, any meal burritos, soup, quesadilla, tacos, salsa, aguas frescas and more.
RoliRoti Gourmet Rotisserie – rotisserie chickens, potatoes, ribs, carnitas and other indulgences.
NahNa – traditional Eritrean cuisine with a twist: homemade Taita flatbread, stews, fresh vegetables and a variety of meat and non-meat options
Dos Hermanos Pupuseria – Salvadoran pupusas, meat and vegetarian, with curtido and salsas.
Cuevas Express – tamales, chile relleno, nachos and other Mexican dishes.
Delicious Crepes – savory and dessert crepes.
Bakeries – a huge assortment of fresh breads, croissants, cookies, savory quiches and mind-blowing treats at Companion Bakeshop, Beckmann’s Bakery, the Adorable French Bakery and Il Biscotto.