Watsonville Farmer’s Market
Watsonville City Plaza, at 328 Union St.
Every Friday from 2-7 p.m. stop by the Watsonville Certified Farmer’s Market in Watsonville for a wide selection of produce, cut flowers and other locally grown produce as well as prepared food and drinks. Market is held near Watsonville City Plaza in the heart of downtown. For information call 588-7366 or visit the market’s official Facebook page.
Crystal Bay Farm U-Pick
40 Zils Rd., Watsonville.
Come to Crystal Bay Farm for a U-Pick of various berries and more every Wednesday and weekends from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Halloween and other fall celebrations are approaching; visit crystalbayfarm.com or Follow the farm on Facebook for updates regarding the upcoming pumpkin patch.
Farmworker Reality Tour
Various Pajaro Valley locations
The Center for Farmworker Families will host a series of tours of farms and homes to better understand the life and labors or California farmworkers. Beginning at an agro-ecological farm in Watsonville, the tour will then visit the state-run Buena Vista Migrant Camp, and lastly a single farmworker mother’s home for a traditional Mexican meal. For information and to sign up for the tour visit farmworkerfamily.org/events.
Soledad Farmer’s Market
100 block of Soledad St., Soledad
Since 2006, the Soledad Certified Farmer’s Market has been providing the community with farm to table produce and prepared foods. It is open every Thursday 4-8 p.m. The market accepts WIC and EBT. For vendor information call Flora Ripley at (831) 674-2849.
Element: A Farm to Table Feast
Farm Discovery at Live Earth, 172 Litchfield Ln., Watsonville
Farm Discovery at Live Earth will host its annual Benefit Dinner Saturday from 4-8 p.m. to raise money for the organization’s farm-based food, farming and nature education programs. This year’s event, “Element” will include a multi-course dinner made from local ingredients paired with local wine, beer and more. Enjoy live music, live and silent auctions and more on a bluff overlooking the Pajaro Valley. For information and tickets visit eventbrite.com
Children’s Fun on the Farm
Earthbound Farm Stand, 7250 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel-By-The-Sea
Earthbound Farm invites families to visit its Farmstand for specialized a day of planting, harvesting and cooking for children from 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is $30. Visit earthboundfarm.com or call (831) 625-6219 for information.
King City Fall Festival
Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, 625 Division St., King City
Visit King City for a Fall Festival and Carnival in King City at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds. Come enjoy puppet shows, crafts, live music, pumpkin decorating, a flea market and more during this three-day event. Admission is $1; it is free for children under 5. Parking is free. Visit salinasvalleyfair.com for information.
Film on Food and Farming: the Biggest Little Farm
Gilroy Public Library, 350 West 6th St., Gilroy
Presented by the Gilroy Library, “The Biggest Little Farm” follows a couple who trades city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Film begins at 2:30 p.m. and is free. For information call (408) 842-8207.
Docent-Led Farm Tour
UCSC Hay Barn, 1008 Ranch View Rd., Santa Cruz
A free docent-led tour of the 30-acre UC Santa Cruz Farm is offered every first Sunday of the month April-Nov. from 2-3:30 p.m. Learn about the research, education and outreach work taking place at the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. Free parking is available on the weekends. For information visit casfs.ucsc.edu/
Oct. 12 & 13
Open Farm Tours 2019
Various farms in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties
The sixth annual Open Farm Tours will be held Oct. 12 and 13 at various farms surrounding the Pajaro Valley, aiming to connect farms with the community. Enjoy a lunch, drinks and live music at the event’s marketplace at Alladin Nursery, 2905 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The other 14 participating farms and their scheduled events can be found at openfarmtours.com.
2nd Saturday on the Farm
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 East Lake Ave., Watsonville.
Every month the Agricultural History Project produces a 2nd Saturday on the Farm event, focusing on one particular area of agriculture. This family-friendly event will include family-friendly education activities such as wooden cow milking, a kid-driven tractor, a tractor simulator, puppet theater and more. October’s event is “Tractor-or-Treat.” For information call (831) 724-5898 or (831) 566-2817.
UCMG Fall Fest & Plant Sale
1432 Freedom Blvd., Watsonville
Join the UC Master Gardeners of Monterey Bay for a day of educational activities for the entire family. The festival will include a plant sale offering an array of plants grown by Master Gardeners, food and merchandise booths, gardening demonstrations, orchid care, pruning, tool dare, succulent care, Fall/Winter vegetable gardening, container gardening and more. View a complete list of demonstrations and activities at http://mbmg.ucanr.edu.