The market was brought into the San Lorenzo Valley by local artists Bree Karpavage and Erik Waage, who teamed up with Mountain Community Resources to host three events in Felton, the first of which took place in May.
Karpavage said they got the idea to host a Makers Market in the Valley from the local farmer’s market — only instead of food, local artists would be able to sell their hand-crafted goods.
“All the venders are local Santa Cruz County artists,” said Karpavage, “we wanted to make this event an accurate representation of the community and entirely locally based.”
Vendors of all different trades are able to participate — vendors include clothing, jewelry, food, painters, soaps and salts, woodcrafts and more.
This year’s three Makers Markets — held on May 4, June 22, and Aug. 17 — were able to host approximately 50 to 55 vendors and each vendor was able to sell their goods and keep the money that they earned to benefit their business.
Along with different the different artisans, there were also food vendors and local bands that came to play for the people.
“We really wanted live local music because it creates a good atmosphere,” said Karpavage.
Mountain Community Resources was able to supply space for the Makers Market and help coordinate the event. In return, the vendors supported MCR by giving a donation of their product at the cost they could afford.
“This was a great opportunity to bring local artists together to help support a non-profit,” said Eva Tordoff, the operations manger at Mountain Community Resources.
The donations, Karpavage said, will be used to support MCR’s Mountain Affair — an annual auction that the organization puts on in order to help stock its community food pantry for patrons, as well as fund core programs that benefit the Valley.
Karpavage and Waage, local artists themselves, said that the events had been quite successful, with turnouts of 500 to 700 people each time.
“We had a great artists and crafters turnout,” said Karpavage, who added that the events would be returning in 2015.
For more information about the Santa Cruz Mountains Makers Market, visit http://scmmakersmarket.com/