March 5, 2017

Its a new year…and a brand new manager for the 2017 Markets!

My name is Janet Ciel and some of you reading this may know me from the Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival, an event I created and produced for 23 years, along with many other events locally.  I have just been hired to run the fabulous Healdsburg Farmers’ Markets, and I cannot tell you how excited I am!

I had no idea when I was hired how long California farmers’ markets have existed. Finding out that Healdsburg Farmers’ Market is 38 years old, and is one of a very small handful of markets which began back then, makes me feel very proud to be a part of this heritage.

It occurred to me that the concept of farmers’ markets goes back hundreds, if not thousands of years. Consider our agrarian ancestors and their need to sell their wares. Where did they go but to the local gathering spot, setting up a display and hawking their goods.

Not only is this an ancient custom, outdoor farmers’ markets exist all over the world. I have been to farmers’ markets in Thailand, Jamaica, Germany, Amsterdam, Costa Rica and many other places. There is likely a market in every village, town and city all over the world.

When you buy directly from the farmer you get the freshest food. You’re supporting a tradition, keeping small businesses alive, you know who grew your food and where it was grown, rather than buying produce grown in Chile or other parts of the world, and sold in generic supermarkets.

The Saturday Market begins May 6th and runs through the end of November. The Wednesday evening market begins June 7th and runs through the end of October. Come spend some time at the markets and get to know our growers, food vendors and craftspeople. Keep the market alive and thriving!