Farmers markets provide fresh produce year-round

Staff Report

Even in the winter, farmers in Santa Barbara County and surrounding areas continue to provide high-quality produce at local farmers markets.

While markets may be slightly smaller on rainy days, all markets organized through the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market Association (SBCFMA) remain open as regularly scheduled, unless the weather is so horrendous the farmers can’t get their produce out.

(You can check the association’s Facebook page to get updates.)

The SBCFMA is a nonprofit mutual-benefit corporation founded in 1983 to provide farmers with direct access at landmark locations to market their agricultural products directly to the community. The association, owned and operated by its approximately 30 grower members and its board of directors, is committed to helping promote local family farmers while protecting the environment.

The group’s website, sbfarmersmarket.org, serves as the hub that invites those interested to look at their local farms and read their back stories, as well as a blog with posts about different produce or why planting mint in your garden is beneficial in addition to recipe ideas such as Super Bowl Sliders.

For more information, go to sbfarmersmarket.org.

Farmers Market Schedule

– Tuesdays: Old Town Santa Barbara, 3 – 6:30 p.m., 500-600 block of State Street

– Wednesdays: Solvang, 2:30 – 6 p.m., First Street from Mission Drive to Copenhagen Drive.

– Thursdays: Goleta, 3 – 6 p.m., corner of Storke and Hollister, 7004 Marketplace Drive in the Camino Real Shopping Center

– Thursdays: Carpinteria, 3 – 6 p.m., 800 block of Linden Avenue

– Fridays: Montecito, 8:30 – 11:15 a.m., 1100 and 1200 blocks of Coast Village Road

– Saturdays: Downtown Santa Barbara, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., corner of Santa Barbara and Cota Streets

– Sundays: Goleta, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., corner of Storke and Hollister, 7004 Marketplace Drive inside the Camino Real Shopping Center