The Story

How the market started in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains

In 2007 the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce conducted the “Great Nevada City Survey” and 89% of respondents called for the creation of a walkable marketplace. Under the leadership of City Councilwomen Reinette Senum the Nevada City Farmers Market Association was created. It is a joint venture of the community, local farmers who practice sustainable agriculture, and local businesses.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life and economic resilience of our community by providing access to high quality, locally grown products. To support regional, sustainable producers through direct access to consumers. To create a community meeting place and to foster consumer education.

Each Saturday from June to November more than 30 vendors join a group of loyal volunteers to create a vibrant community event on Union Street in downtown Nevada City.

Meet the Board and Management

Maia Lipkin
Maia Lipkin
Board President
Maia is drawn in by the physical nature of farming- hands caked in dried soil, her strength budding with the season, and the continual joy of a seedling first emerging. This is Maia's seventh year at Mountain Bounty Farm--a 750 member diversified organic CSA and this will be her second year serving on the NCFMA board.
Peggy Peterson
Peggy Peterson
Vendor Board Member
Peggy Peterson, resident of Nevada City for 34 years and owner of Asylum Down and Yabobo.
Jim Morris
Jim Morris
Community Board Member
Community Member on NCFM Board since early 2017. Retired Geotechnical/Civil Engineer, resident of Nevada City for 25 years. NC Farmers Market volunteer for over 5 years. My wife Miriam and I support revitalizing downtown parks, trails, and public areas (with numerous other volunteers); and want to support local food, local farmers, and this wonderful farmer's market.
Stephanie Stevens
Stephanie Stevens
Market Manager
In 2016, Stephanie Stevens became the fourth manager of the Nevada City Farmers market. She is a member of the Nevada County Food Policy Council on behalf of the NCFM, runs her own micro farm, and is studying to become an agricultural attorney.
Jeff Wells
Jeff Wells
Vice President
Jeff has been actively volunteering/vending at the Nevada City Farmers Market since 2008. He was regularly involved with Living Lands and enjoys volunteering for other local nonprofits such as Sierra Harvest and SYRCL. He's lived in these parts for thirty plus years and has been steadily developing Sunrock Farm in Nevada City for the past decade. Look for his heirloom beans plus other specialty fruits and vegetables the next time you come to the market!
Leo Chapman
Leo Chapman
Community Board Member
Leo Chapman has lived in Nevada County for 30 years. He started farming in the year 2000, and was a founding member of the Living Lands Agrarian Network in 2007. In 2008 he was involved in envisioning a Farmers Market for Nevada City and was on the first NCFM board as a farmer board member. In 2014-2015 he ran the Sierra Gardens program for Sierra Harvest. In 2016 he was a garden educator for the food love project for Sierra Harvest. He is currently serving on the NCFM board as a community board member.
Zak Starr
Zak Starr
Community Board Member
Zak has been involved with the Nevada City Famer's market since 2011, when he moved to Nevada County to learn about organic farming through the Living Lands Agrarian Network internship. He now works as a landscaper, and enjoys volunteering for Sierra Harvest as a tasting week chef, and farm to school educator. Currently, Zak is working toward a California teaching credential, with hopes of landing in a Nevada County middle school classroom in the not too distant future. You can find Zak at the farmer's market each week selling potatoes and carrots for Super Tuber Farm.

Katy Gott
Katy Gott
Operations Manager
Katy has lived all over the north state before settling in beautiful Nevada County. She has a degree in Environmental Horticulture from UC Davis and a passion for local, sustainable agriculture with an appreciation for the natural landscape. Having recently purchased five, raw acres in Rough and Ready, Katy knows that her journey into the worlds of permaculture and responsible farming is only beginning.
Chrissy Mehnert
Chrissy Mehnert
Treasurer
Chrissy is a dancer, yoga teacher, Thai Massage practitioner, earth steward, goat caretaker, and Merchandiser at the Briar Patch. Chrissy came to Nevada City in 2013 to intern for Living Lands Agrarian Network. She has been a registered yoga teacher since 2009 and loves helping people to become more embodied and more joyful in their bodies. Her Thai Massage practice is another way she tends to the bodies of our local hardworking community members, having studied the physical body and its energetic systems. She also facilitates dance classes and social dance events here in town. She loves Nevada City and the overlapping layers of community that she has found here. It's like no other place she has lived before!
Rob Thompson
Rob Thompson
Vendor Board Member
After serving as the long time manager at Elster Ranch, Rob purchased the business and re-branded it as Legacy Ranching. A born and bred rancher, Rob runs his ranch with a strong emphasis on land health and holistic techniques. He is a member of the NCFM board because he wants to continue to build this great community.
Wil Holland
Wil Holland
Farmer Board Member
William Holland is blessed to be a second generation market gardener. His father Stan began farming on a hand-scale in 2001 and exposed a 13 year old William to the regenerative potential of agriculture. At that time, being primarily motivated by poetry and rebellion, William had little interest in contributing to a small family farm. At 19, the no-money rebellion had run its course and William, lucky again, was accepted as an apprentice at Soil Born Farms in Rancho Cordova, Ca. This experience cemented the very personal value of hard-work and community in his life. Since then, William has applied himself to farming, personal development and finding home. It was in 2015 that he met Kristen Draz. Draz had been farming for in Sonoma County for three seasons and had heard the call to start her own farm. Wil wanted to help her do it, and they planted their first crop of garlic at Heaven and Earth in November of 2015. They officially moved up to the Ridge and started FogDog Farm January 1st, 2016. The rest is history, still being written. They are honored to be vendors at the Nevada City Farmers Market, and Wil doubly to be a board member. He feels as close to home as he has ever been.