Who doesn’t love a farmers’ market? And, if you’re visiting the Napa Valley, there’s no better opportunity to sample wine-country living at its friendliest and most casual. Chances are, if you’re a short-term visitor staying at a hotel, you don’t need bushels of fresh produce. But don’t let that stop you — there’s so much more to see, buy, and do. In addition to fresh fruits, veggies, and seafood, there’s an abundance of handmade gift items, prepared foods, clothing, fragrances, household goods, jewelry, and more. Plus you’re supporting local artisans and the local economy. Win-win, right?

Here are a few things to do at our farmers markets besides squeezing tomatoes:

  • Buy coffee and pastries for breakfast al fresco.
  • Listen to some mellow live music.
  • Bring the kids for activities like face-painting, story-time, and performances.
  • Watch a cooking demonstration.
  • Buy a hostess gift or bouquet.
  • Stock up on hand-made holiday gifts.
  • Pick up some picnic supplies for lunch.

And here’s the low-down on markets from Napa to Calistoga:

Napa Farmers Market
April 15, 2017-November 21, 2017 every Tuesday and Saturday from 8:00 am until 12:30 pm.
195 Gasser Drive, Napa, CA 94559

St. Helena Farmers’ Market
Fridays from 7:30 am – 1:00 pm
May 1 through October 31
Crane Park – 360 Crane Ave.  St. Helena, CA 94574

Long Meadow Ranch Farmers Market
May to October every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
November to April every Friday from 9:00 – 1:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am – 2:00 p.m
1796 St Helena Hwy, St Helena, CA 94574

Calistoga Farmers Market
Saturdays from 8:30 am to noon, year-round
Sharpsteen Museum Plaza Washington Street, Calistoga

Cover photo credit: Bob McClenahan