FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Napa Farmers Market?
The Napa Farmers Market is the largest California Certified Farmers Market in Napa County. 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. We are dedicated to fighting local food insecurity through programs like CalFresh Market Match and facilitating produce donations to the Napa Valley Food Bank.
When is the Napa Farmers Market open?
The Napa Farmers Market is open rain or shine from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday year-round and Tuesday April through October.
Where do I park?
Napa Valley Expo: Use the Silverado Trail (RV & Bingo Hall) entrance and park at Zinfandel (Bingo Hall)
1100 West Street & Fuller Park: Park in the surrounding streets.
Who operates the Napa Farmers Market?
The Napa Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization operated by a volunteer board of directors and a small (but mighty) team of employees, including a Market Manager, Assistant Manager, Education Director, and Market Assistants.
What will I find at the Napa Farmers Market?
Every market day welcomes a variety of local farms, specialty food producers, artisans and community organizations. Depending on the season, you will find a variety of fresh and local certified organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables, eggs, nuts, cheese, meat, fish, and fresh flowers. Stop by the Education Station for Story Time and to taste samples of the Harvest Fruit of the Month. Chef Demos happen every Saturday at 10 a.m. April – November. We accept donations of fresh produce for the Napa Valley Food Bank and cash to purchase produce for salads for the South Napa Shelter’s homeless residents.
Do vendors only accept cash?
Cash is the preferred method of payment by vendors 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 farmers market checks at their stalls.
Why should I shop at the farmers market when my supermarket sells local organic produce?
The Napa Farmers Market is the best resource in Napa County to purchase fresh, nutritious, locally grown and produced food directly from the people who grow or make it. There are many great reasons to shop with us.
- Shopping at farmers markets benefits small farmers, helps grow small businesses and boosts our local economy.
- The Napa Farmers Market has the best and largest selection of produce sold directly by small farmers located within a 60 mile-radius of Napa, as well as locally produced specialty and prepared foods. Therefore, shopping at our 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.
- You can often taste before you buy, so you can purchase produce at peak ripeness. Produce at 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 fruits and vegetables through funds from our CalFresh Market Match program.
- The Napa Farmers Market provides the opportunity to build friendships with our farmers, vendors and staff. You will have many more social interactions compared to a supermarket.
Where is the vendor that I bought produce from last week?
Although most of our vendors come each week, some come only on certain days. Check out vendor information a www.napafarmersmarket.org/vendors. The Vendor Map has up to date information on who will be selling at the market each week. Vendor Profiles have information about all our vendors, including their market dates. Sign up for our e-newsletter to get fresh information delivered to your inbox every week. Email our Market Manager at email@example.com or send us a message on Facebook if you have more questions.
Is the Napa Farmers Market a certified market and what does that mean?
Yes, the Napa Farmers Market is a Certified Farmers Market (CFM). 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.
Where is the Napa Farmers Market?
The Napa Farmers Market is located at the Napa Valley Expo. Drivers should use the Silverado Trail (RV Park & Bingo Hall) entrance and park at Zinfandel (Bingo) Hall. Pedestrians and bicyclists may use the 575 Third Street entrance. Take any Vine bus to the Soscol transit center. During BottleRock, the market will relocate to the 1100 West Street parking lot (Saturdays) and Fuller Park (Tuesdays) for the entire month of May through June 2.
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 year. Check out our Vendor Map at www.napafarmersmarket.org/vendors to see how many vendors will be at the market every week.
Do I need to bring my own shopping bags?
We strongly recommend and encourage customers to bring their own shopping bags. You may purchase produce and shopping bags at the Information Booth.
Why aren't dogs allowed at the Napa Farmers Market?
The Napa Farmers Market is a temporary food facility which is regulated by Napa County Environmental Health like all restaurants and grocery stores. California Health & Safety Code 114259.5 stipulates that animals are not allowed at Certified Farmers Markets. Service dogs are welcome, but pets are not allowed at the Napa Farmers Market. If the market violates this regulation, we can be fined and worst-case scenario, shut down entirely. If you bring your pet inside the market aisles, you will be approached by market staff asking you take your animal outside the market area.
I lost something at the market.
Lost items turned in to market staff are kept at the Information Booth and in our storage container between market days. Please contact the Market Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 501-3087. You can also ask at the Information Booth during your next visit.
How do I become a vendor at the Napa Farmers Market?
How do I have a nonprofit booth at the Napa Farmers Market?
We are pleased to welcome 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and other community groups to the market. There are no application or stall fees for nonprofits and community groups, however, we do require a Certificate of Liability Insurance naming the Napa Farmers Market PO Box 10822, Napa, CA 94581 as an additional insured. You must complete an online application at www.napafarmersmarker.org/app for consideration by our Vendor Committee. Email questions to our Market Manager at email@example.com.