On Saturday, July 15th, the Scotts Valley Farmers’ Market comes to life with Summer Sweets, a FoodShed Project event celebrating all that is sweet, delicious and coming out of the fields and orchards. From 9am-1pm market tables are heavy with stone fruit, berries and the hot crops we’ve eagerly anticipated – sweet corn, peppers and heirloom and cherry tomatoes. Meet us at the Mountain Feed and Farm Supply workshop from 10-11am, where Karla DeLong leads us into the wild and wonderful world of seasonal slaw. Learn to make it, taste it and take the ingredients home.

The Penny Ice Creamery will be handing out FREE mini scoops to the first 300 visitors between 11am-1pm. Stop in at the Boys & Girls Club art table, get your face painted and say hello to KERMIT the Santa Cruz Public Libraries’ bicycle book mobile – here you can learn about summer programs and pick up a market hunt to win a basket of strawberries. Live music hangs in the air and food businesses serve up breakfast sandwiches, Russian crepes (savory and sweet), Mexican meals, pupusas, and pancakes and bacon. The coffee and espresso are hot, or icy, depending on the day and how you like it. Let’s spend some time together in this sweet nook of the county.

Other Scotts Valley Farmers’ Market news: Casalegno Family Farm returns selling their precious heirloom tomatoes, tender beans and basil for pesto making. Their heritage red garlic, brought from Italy over 100 years ago, is heaven on earth. The Market Match Double Up continues at the SV and Felton markets for the rest of the season thanks to Kaiser Permanente. When folks use their CalFresh/EBT card here the first $10 is matched with $20 of Market Match for fresh fruits and vegetables, for FREE. Woo hoo! Let’s celebrate this season together.

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