Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 pm
404 N HWY 3
Etna, California 96027
• June through October •
Etna Farmers Market
Our mission is to support the health of the Scott Valley and Siskiyou County residents and economy by connecting consumers directly with local food producers and artisans.
Etna Farmers Market is taking fresh to a new level with the introduction of vegetable and meat box subscriptions. The idea is to provide extremely fresh local produce and meat to the community at a great price, said market manager Carrie Peterson.
New to the market this year will be seven separate boxes, with eggs as an addition. The boxes range from “lovers” which feed two-four people, and “samplers” that feed one-two people. Seasonal vegetable options and meat options are available, with the option of a combination of both. Subscriptions range from one week to a full month, lasting from June-September. Prices will vary considerably depending on the box type and number of weeks subscribed.
An example of a simple Vegetable Lovers box for one week would include one large head of lettuce, one quart of strawberries, one-two bags of greens, a bunch of carrots, one bundle of parsley, one bulb of garlic, two-four summer squash, melons and three large tomatoes. One of the combination boxes, known as the “Vegetable Lovers Plus” box would include: 7-10 seasonal vegetables, one whole chicken, one package of bacon from Rockside Ranch, one pound of ground beef from Jenner Family Beef, one pound of lamb and one select cut from Scott River Ranch.
Quantities and selections will vary from week to week based on what is seasonally available from Scott Valley farmers, according to Peterson. The incentive will work two-fold. Vendors are guaranteed sales and the community will have the convenience of picking up prepacked boxes of fresh produce and/or meats at every farmers market. The idea is to have something ready to go for those who can’t always stay and shop.
Having access to a week’s worth of groceries can be very helpful, said Peterson. Peterson also said it’s a new adventure for people to learn to cook with a variety of items. Along those lines, Peterson said each box will include a featured recipe, incorporating items from each box.
Subscriptions are limited, according to Peterson, and the deadline for June orders is May 28. “It’s a great way to support local business in the Valley,” said Peterson.
By Amanda Hinds Doyle