A youngster gets a strawberry painted on her face while eating the fruit. (Contributed)

The Felton Farmers’ Market welcomes the solstice and the longest days of the year with SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMER TIME, a celebration of the seasonal bounty of summer. 

On Tuesday, June 27, during the standard market hours (1:30-5:30pm), the heart of Felton comes to life with this special FoodShed Project event.

Free and family friendly, a flurry of activities pop-up around the market as farmers and food artisans throw up their tents to sell the growing array of delicious edibles to grocery shoppers and diners alike. 

KERMIT the bicycle, book-mobile from the Santa Cruz Public Libraries offers a summer time scavenger hunt—learn foodie facts, talk to farmers and win a basket of strawberries. 

The Penny Ice Creamery hands out free mini scoops (the first 300) to all who love something icy on a summer day.

Mountain Feed and Farm Supply shows up with a DIY workshop (3-4pm), teaching the basics of berry jam. 

Mountain Feed and Farm Supply will host a DIY workshop, teaching the basics of berry jam. (Contributed)

Visit the art table, get your face painted and listen to some live music. 

Enjoy lunch or dinner with one of the fine local businesses rolling out unique and delicious meals from Scrumptious Fish and Chips, Cuevas Express, India Gourmet, Roli Roti Rotisserie, V & V Delicious Crepes and others.

Living Swell Kombucha joins us for this special event day too.

With over 25 years under its belt, the Felton Farmers’ Market is a celebrated staple of the San Lorenzo Valley. As the area gets deeper into the season and the variety of fruits and vegetables expand with long days and warm weather, remember that the Market connects residents with regional growers from the mountain towns.

In addition to the special festivities of SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMER TIME, week in and week out the Market delivers a robust selection of organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, eggs and flowers. 

A flurry of activities pop-up around the market as farmers and food artisans throw up their tents to sell delicious edibles to shoppers and diners alike. (Contributed)

Joining the farmers are some of the best food artisans in the area. Make sure to visit the Penny Ice Creamery with small-batch ice cream, Roli Roti and their rotisserie chicken, the Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery and Santa Cruz Cider with small-batch booze to go and all the other offerings of the market—coffee, fresh breads, seafood, pastries and other ready-to-eat cuisine.

The Market will be hosting additional FoodShed Project events in 2023: The Applefest on Sept. 12 and Pumpkin Decorating on Oct. 17.

Visit santacruzfarmersmarket.org/markets/felton/ for more information.

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