Who doesn’t love a farmers market? And, if you’re visiting the Napa Valley, there’s no better opportunity to sample wine-country living at its friendliest and most casual. Chances are, if you’re a short-term visitor staying at a hotel, you don’t need bushels of fresh produce. But don’t let that stop you — there’s so much more to see, buy, and do. In addition to fresh fruits, veggies, and seafood, there’s an abundance of handmade gift items, prepared foods, clothing, fragrances, household goods, jewelry, and more. Plus you’re supporting local artisans and the local economy. Win-win, right?
Here are a few things to do at our farmers markets besides squeezing tomatoes:
- Buy coffee and pastries for breakfast al fresco.
- Listen to some mellow live music.
- Bring the kids for activities like face-painting, story-time, and performances.
- Watch a cooking demonstration.
- Buy a hostess gift or bouquet.
- Stock up on hand-made holiday gifts.
- Pick up some picnic supplies for lunch.
And here’s the low-down on markets from Napa to Calistoga:
Napa Farmers Market
May 1 – October 31 on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
South Napa Century Center – 195 Gasser Drive, Napa, CA 94559
St. Helena Farmers’ Market
Fridays from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
May 1 through October 31
Crane Park – 360 Crane Ave. St. Helena, CA 94574
Long Meadow Ranch Farmers Market
Friday, Saturyday, Sunday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Open year round – check website to confirm days and times
738 Main Street, St. Helena
Calistoga Farmers Market
Saturdays from 8:30 am to noon, year-round
Sharpsteen Museum Plaza Washington Street, Calistoga
Cover photo credit: Bob McClenahan