Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Napa Farmers Market?
The Napa Farmers Market is a collaboration between its vendors and loyal shoppers. The market’s mission is to support local farmers and provide a place for the community to purchase sustainably grown produce, specialty food and artisan goods.
Who operates the Napa Farmers Market?
The Napa Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization operated by community-based board of directors and a team of part time employees, including a market manager, assistant manager and four market assistants.
What will I find at the Napa Farmers Market?
Depending on the season, you will find a variety of fresh and local certified organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables, farm eggs, nuts, cheese, meat, craft beer and fresh flowers. Some vendors offer locally made crafts such as jewelry and leather items. Others offer prepared foods such as tamales or baked goods. We also have two fresh fish vendors to complement the agricultural products for sale.
When is the Napa Farmers Market open?
The Napa Farmers Market is open year-round Saturdays and Tuesdays (April – September) from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.
Do vendors only accept cash?
Cash is the primary method of payment at the market. However, most vendors do accept credit cards. Market Bucks, which can be used to purchase anything at the market, are available for purchase with your credit/debit card (for a very small fee) at the Information Booth. CalFresh customers can use their EBT card at the Information Booth to double their benefits for Market Match tokens to purchase approved items. Some vendors accept WIC and Senior Nutrition Program checks at their stalls.
Why should I shop at the farmers market when my supermarket sells local organic produce?
Napa Farmers Market is the best resource in Napa Valley to purchase fresh, nutritious, locally-grown and produced food directly from the people who grow or make it. There are several great reasons to shop with us.
- Shopping at farmers markets benefits small farmers, helps grow small businesses and boosts our local economy.
- We have the best and largest selection of produce sold directly by small farmers located within a 6o mile-radius of Napa, as well as locally-produced specialty and prepared foods. So, shopping the Napa Farmers Market lowers your carbon footprint. By purchasing from local farmers, you also help to reduce the number of miles these foods travel before they reach your table.
- Our market gives you access to many heirloom produce varieties and opportunities to build relationships with growers who can advise about selecting, storing and cooking what they grow.
- At a farmers market, you can often taste before you buy, so you can purchase produce at peak ripeness. Produce at the farmers market was often picked the day before, so you have access to foods at their freshest.
- We are the only location in the City of Napa that doubles the value of CalFresh (food stamp) benefits for all eligible food products. This program continues to double each year and so we are serving a larger and larger percentage of people on food stamps in our community.
- We offer free, weekly unique nutrition and family based edutainment not available at local supermarkets– we take market goers from the farm to the table with unique cooking demonstrations by some of Napa Valley’s best chefs; fun nutrition education in the way of children’s activities and produce tastings.
Where is the vendor that I bought produce from last week?
While most of our vendors come each week, some come only on certain days. Please visit the interactive Vendor Map on our website featuring up to date information on who will be selling at the market each week. Our weekly newsletter also includes this information and much more. Subscribe at the top of our home page. Of course, you can always send us a message on Facebook in advance of market days or ask the market manager during your visit.
Why aren't dogs allowed at the Napa Farmers Market?
California Health & Safety Code 114259.5 stipulates that live animals aren’t allowed at certified farmers markets. Service dogs are welcome, but pets are not allowed at the farmers market. Please leave your pet at home or at a safe place outside of the market.
I lost something at the market.
Please contact market manager Cara Mae Wooledge at firstname.lastname@example.org or inquire at the Information Booth upon your next visit.
Where do I park?
The market has plenty of parking. There is a parking lot in front of the Century Theater where the market is located, and another parking lot on the east side of the theater. Consider riding your bicycle to the market. A bike rack is available.
I want to have a table at the Napa Farmers Market. How do I arrange this?
We are pleased to welcome 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations to our vendor mix at the Napa Farmers Market. Please complete a vendor application on our website for consideration.
Is the Napa Farmers Market a certified market and what does that mean?
Yes, the Napa Farmers Market is a Certified Farmers Market. CFMs have been approved by the county agricultural commissioner. At a CFM, certified farmers sell directly to the public agricultural products that they have grown.
How many vendors come to the Napa Farmers Market?
While the number varies from week to week, the Napa Farmers Market expects to host an average of 60 vendors per market throughout the season.
Do I need to bring my own bag?
The City of Napa’s single-use bag reduction ordinance went into effect on January 1, 2015. There is an exemption for produce bags (no handles), which farmers may provide, however, you will need to bring your own bags to carry your items or you may purchase a reusable bag at the information booth.
Have other Napa Farmers Market questions? Contact us and we’ll be happy to answer it for you.