It was a beautiful Spring morning as residents of Scott Valley and visitors from afar came out to attend the first weekend of Etna’s Farmers Market. Starting on Saturday, May 20, the market takes place every weekend, rain or shine, until Oct. 14.
This week’s market featured 16 vendors selling a variety of goods: plant starts (including tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and more); flowers; pork, beef and lamb; succulents; honey and jam; various spices; crafted jewelry; pottery; baked goods; and more. Live music was provided by the Chalada sisters, Anne Kramer and Karen Arruda.
In addition to being a ton of fun, “the Etna Farmers Market is here to grow our community and to introduce support to Scott Valley,” said Shirley Johnson, president of the Watershed Council and one of the main organizers of the market.
The market takes place at 514 N. State Highway 3 on the grounds
owned by the Scott River Watershed Council.
In addition to the market, the Council’s other activities on the grounds include the Etna Community Garden and the Scott Valley Composting Program.
The community gardens has 16 beds, which are open to local community members.
The composting program is adjacent to the community garden and is available for compost drop-off.
Currently operating under 50 grants, the mission of the Scott River Watershed Council is to facilitate communication and science-based solutions for natural resource issues in Scott Valley. They do this through education, restoration, and scientific planning and monitoring in order to ensure the sustainability of the natural and human communities of the watershed.
The Council is a large group of scientists, specialists and coordinators. Each February, the Council hosts the Scott Watershed Informational Forum (SWIF), which brings people together from near and far to discuss and share issues that relate to the Scott River watershed. The forum is open to the public on a drop-in basis. The goal of the forum is to promote the health of the community through addressing the needs of the Valley’s landscapes, soil, water, fisheries, wildlife, forests and more.
For further information on SWIF and the Scott River Watershed Council, visit the web: https://www.scottriver.org
To find out more about the Etna Farmers Market, visit the web: https://etnafarmersmarket.org
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