The cadence of a hand drum calls out the opening of the Manzanita Farmers Market. The gathered shoppers fan out like a stream, released to the paths between market booths, encircling a cedar tree and down 5th street.
In its 10th season, the Manzanita Farmers Market has expanded to 45 vendor booths. Stop by on Friday evenings, June through September, from 5pm to 8pm at the intersection of Laneda Avenue and 5th Street.
Live music every week lends to the festivity. Across the market path young face painters accept donations in exchange for a colorful tiger face or a butterfly on a kid’s cheek.
Lance’s Farm Vittles has pasture raised lamb, pork, and beef from their 3rd generation family farm along the Miami Foley Road, and I pick up hamburger for the grill. Piled high at R-evolution Gardens the onions look like giant pearls from the earth. Yellow summer squash at Green Fork Farm sit like sunshine orbs next to bundles of rainbow carrots.
Around the corner, the Community Supported Fishery is serving up oyster shooters with slices of lemon. Conveniently located across the market path is a booth featuring a rotation of breweries and wineries; this week I sampled a lovely regional white.
The Manzanita market strives to be earth/ocean friendly and close to zero waste. All prepared food at the market is served on re-usable dishes and real silverware. When done with your plate, visit the recycling corner where a Farmers Market volunteer makes the process smooth and tidy.