a little about us
NCGA's Saturday Farmers' Market was one of the first four Certified Farmers’ Markets in the State of California, and is now the longest continuously running Certified Farmers' Market in the State. Certified markets were established to promote direct marketing (from the field to the consumer without a middleman). Farmers can only sell products they have grown, and the person selling at market must be the grower, a family member or an employee of the farm. The state of California is one of only a handful of states with a Direct Marketing program, which provides oversight, inspections and enforcement of agricultural regulations at Certified Farmers’ Markets. NCGA farmers’ markets partner closely with the Humboldt County Department of Agriculture to ensure that all vendors are in compliance with these regulations, and that customers are receiving only locally grown produce grown by the farmer who brings it to market. Certified Farmers' Markets are helping to bring back the small family farm by giving the farmer an opportunity to sell directly to the consumer at fair market value. It also ensures that what the consumer buys is a local product and not picked green and shipped thousands of miles from all over the world. The consumer is getting the freshest, Humboldt-County grown and GMO-free vine-ripened fruits, vegetables, honey, Arcata Bay oysters, mushrooms, cheese, flowers, herbs, trees, and bedding plants direct from the producers. We also have local certified organic wine, local grass-fed beef, lamb, eggs and poultry. Click here to meet our farmers.
The Farmers’ Markets of the North Coast Growers' Association were first established in 1978. A handful of farmers began selling from the back of their trucks in the vacant lot at the foot of F and1st Streets in Old Town, Eureka. Today NCGA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, making significant contributions to the health and well-being of our community. 2018 is our 40th anniversary, and we have over 100 members. Membership in the NCGA is open to residents of Humboldt County who grow or raise what they sell within Humboldt County. Working collaboratively, NCGA staff and members represent agricultural interests in Humboldt County through community partnerships that promote local and healthy foods, programs that increase access to local food, participation in local and statewide policy-making, and the coordination of our seven Certified Farmers' Markets. Read more about our long history here.