Truckee-North Tahoe farmers market season hits full swing this weekend
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Whether you’re hungry for access to fresh, locally grown food on a weekday or weekend, the Truckee-Tahoe region has no shortage of options this summer season.
In Truckee, there are two farmers markets, taking place Tuesdays and Sundays.
The Truckee Community Farmers Market is launching its second season as a market on Sunday, June 5, in the Tri Counties Bank/Sears/Coffeebar Bakery parking lot at 12047 Donner Pass Road.
The market will be open every Sunday all summer from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
“We had awesome community support last year that’s allowing us to start a second year off strong,” said Jessie Phillips, of the nonprofit Slow Food Lake Tahoe, and manager of the market. “I think the biggest feedback we got from the community (last year) was just a lot of gratitude for a weekend farmers market. We really wanted to increase the availability by putting on a weekend farmers market that would really target locals and families that work during the week.”
The market, he said, will consist of organic vegetables, stone fruits, honey, pasture-raised lamb and pork, grass-fed beef, microgreens, artisan-baked goods, salsa, broth, Kombucha and more.
“You’re giving an opportunity to people to get the healthiest and most delicious food, and they’re putting money back into the community,” Phillips said. “And it’s a gathering place for the community. The pleasure of sharing food and eating food and meeting the people who grow it … I’m excited to be a part of a growing local food theme in Truckee, and helping to provide fresh food access to a community that is increasingly looking for it.”
Phillips also said the market will once again accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits as payments for produce and other food items. Visit truckeefarmersmarket.org to learn more.
Tuesday market at Truckee Regional Park
Meanwhile, the Truckee Certified Farmers Market has been providing fresh food to area residents for more than 20 years.
The market, which operates every Tuesday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., kicked off its 2016 season on May 24 at Truckee Regional Park, at 10050 Brockway Road.
“We’re always happy to start up again,” said Guy Baldwin, owner of Towani Organic Farm and manager of the market.
Baldwin said farmers markets are especially important in the Truckee-Tahoe region because farms are “some distance away.”
“There aren’t many options to buy food direct from the farm,” he added. “This is a place where you can buy direct from local growers. The other side of the equation, it’s important for the growers to market their products directly to the costumers.”
Baldwin said the market has everything from strawberries and raspberries to broccoli and cauliflower. Additionally, the market provides beef, fish, cheese, eggs, herbs and more.
Notably, for the first year, the Truckee Certified Farmers Market accepts CalFresh benefits (formerly known as food stamps) as a means of currency, thanks to a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Tahoe City AND INCLINE VILLAGE
The Tahoe City Farmers Market will run every Thursday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Commons Beach.
The market will include a wide variety of fresh food, such as stone fruits (cherries, apricots, peaches), vegetables (turnips, artichokes, kale), dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese) and more, said Andrea Chew, general manager of Natural Trading Company, which took over management this year.
“It’s a really fantastic market,” Chew said. “It’s full and lively and big. It’s pretty similar to what it was last year, and we’re making it even better.”
Visit naturaltradingco.com/farmers-markets to learn more.
In Incline Village, there are two farmers markets: the Tunnel Creek Station Market on Wednesdays and the Incline Village Farmers Market on Thursdays.
Opening June 1, the Tunnel Creek Station Market — next to Tunnel Creek Café, 1115 Tunnel Creek Road — will operate every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.
The Incline Village Farmers Market, meanwhile, opens its fourth season a day later, June 2, in a new location at Lake Tahoe School, located at 995 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
The market will be open every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Visit laketahoemarkets.com to learn more.