The growing season may be winding down but the bounty of the North Coast doesn’t end with Fall. The Arcata Plaza farmers’ market runs every Saturday, all winter long! The North Coast Growers’ Association invites community residents and visitors alike to join local farmers, ranchers and food vendors to celebrate food and farming in Humboldt County. Open every Saturday rain or shine, 10am to 2pm through March, the Winter Market offers a consistent and lively source of farm-fresh, GMO-free food, plants and fiber, all produced right here in Humboldt County. With more than 20 agricultural and prepared-food vendors each week, the Arcata Plaza winter farmers’ market showcases Humboldt County’s unique micro-climates and year-round growing capacity, contributing to a robust and healthy local food system. Winter market shoppers will find a surprisingly wide variety of seasonal cold-weather and storage crops like fresh leafy greens, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, artichokes, winter squash, carrots, leeks, beets, potatoes and onions, as well as ultra-seasonal specialty items like walnuts and persimmons for all those favorite holiday and winter recipes. Humanely raised meats, fresh cheese, wine, honey, hot sauce, and olive oil can also be found in abundance, along with handspun wool, dried wreaths, nursery plants and winter garden plant starts. These agricultural products are complemented by a wide selection of hand-crafted artisanal items like goat milk soap and beeswax candles that make great gifts for holiday celebrations. Hungry? Shoppers can also grab a snack from one of the many local prepared food vendors with everything from bread and pastries to vegan soups and Jamaican jerk chicken available. Customers with CalFresh EBT cards are welcome at all North Coast Growers’ Association Farmers’ Markets, and are eligible to receive up to $10 in extra Market Match bucks to spend on fresh produce at market, making fresh food more affordable. Customers can visit the info booth to learn more about CalFresh and Market Match, including CalFresh applications and assistance. The farmers and food producers of the North Coast Growers’ Association thank the community for supporting their labor of love and commitment to the health and wellness of the environment and community by eating seasonally and buying direct from the source. Freshen up the week and join the North Coast Growers’ Association in supporting local farmers, the local economy and healthy families. (And don’t forget to bring those reusable shopping bags!) For more information visit www.humfarm.org or call (707) 441-9999.