Why settle for farm-to-table when you can go to the farm? Meet our local farmers.
We all know farm-fresh food is better for us, and there’s nowhere it’s fresher than here in Fort Bragg.
From our bountiful oceans to the verdant local farms, we are fortunate to have an abundance of fresh, local ingredients. If you’ve ever wondered where your food comes from, come find out! Meet your local farmer at our famous farmers market and these other great opportunities to connect with the land and the people who work it.
Every Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm during the summer months (May through October), local farmers and chefs gather in front of City Hall (on Franklin Street between Laurel and Pine) for the Fort Bragg Farmers Market. There you’ll find pastries, delicacies, fruits and vegetables, flowers, and more. Stroll around and strike up conversations with the vendors, who can tell you all about the love and labor that went into the products you’re taking home for dinner. During winter months, you can also visit the Farmer’s Market indoors behind City Hall, same day, same time.
A few of the farm you should be sure to visit:
Noyo Food Forest: Based at Fort Bragg High School, the Noyo Food Forest project teaches the next generation the importance of sustainable farming and community gardens. Look for them and the fruits of their labor at the Farmers Market. They also host an annual Earth Day Festival every April.
Nye Ranch: Ask a local about Nye Ranch, and odds are you’ll hear all about the beautiful flowers they grow. In fact, ask about the gorgeous bouquets you see around town, and odds are, they’re from Nye Ranch. Owners Mel and Kyle Forrest Burns will be the first to tell you that their “journey together began in the flowers.”
In addition to their floral expertise, these farmers grow strawberries, fog-loving vegetables, and other delicious produce on their farm to the north of town. You’ll see them at the Farmers Market every week. Even better, you can stay at their gorgeous six-acre property and enjoy the historic four-bedroom, two-bath guest house (built in 1905), along with access to MacKerricher State Park, the sand dunes, and coastal trails. Located at 23300 CA-1, Fort Bragg. Learn more at http://www.nyeranch.com/
Fortunate Farm: Fortunate Farm makes us feel fortunate to have it here in the community! With over a century of history here, Fortunate Farm’s local roots run deep. The dynamic team, led by Gowan Batist, has partnered with a number of organizations, including North Coast Brewing Company and the Mendocino Resource Conservation District, to ensure that Fortunate Farm is able to farm sustainably, regenerate the soil, and help create a brighter future.
Like Nye Ranch and Noyo Food Forest, Fortunate Farm has a presence at the Fort Bragg Farmers Market. For those who want to explore the 40-acre farm, campsites and basic lodging are available. The farm is a stone’s throw from the ocean. Check the calendar for upcoming events. Located at 15401 CA-1, Caspar. Learn more at https://www.hipcamp.com/california/fortunate-farm/a-coastal-farm-experience.