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.

In December 2016, we held the first winter farmers market in Nevada County. Now the winter market is held twice-per-month, December through May. During the regular season, you can find us each Saturday from June to November 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.
Wil Holland
Wil Holland
Treasurer
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.
Peggy Peterson
Peggy Peterson
Vendor Board Member
Peggy Peterson, resident of Nevada City for 34 years and owner of Asylum Down and Yabobo.
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.
Zak Starr
Zak Starr
Vice President
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.

Kritters Blevins
Kritters Blevins
Community Board Member
Kritters (they/them pronouns) moved to the Ridge in 2017 for Mountain Bounty Farm's Internship. Having grown a fond love for the land and community, they are now in their third season there. Kritters enjoys being an active community member and serves on the North San Juan Volunteer Fire Department, PFLAG Board, and is your 2019 community representative on the NCFMA Board. They bring market enthusiasm from their time as market manager for the Santa Cruz Farmers Market. They are passionate about the relationship between people and food, autonomy, and resilience.
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.
Antonio Garza & Daylin Wade
Antonio Garza & Daylin Wade
Farmer Board Member
Antonio is the head of Riverhill Farm, an 6 acre farm just outside of Nevada City. Riverhill grow a wide variety of vegetables and some fruits in an ecological focused manner. Antonio has been farming full time for 11 years. He began farming in the Sacramento area and moved to Nevada City to work alongside Alan Haight at Riverhill in 2016, taking over the farm in 2018. He is a first generation farmer, but developed a love of agriculture gardening as a child in South Texas.

Daylin helps to run and farms part time at Riverhill Farm. She has farmed/gardened in various capacities for about ten years. Daylin is also a practicing herbalist at Taproot Botanicals, and grows medicinal plants on the farm. She has a background in forest ecology and loves tying all of this experience together as an all around plant lady.

Becca Warner
Becca Warner
Operations Manager
Lindsey Pratt
Lindsey Pratt
Secretary
Hailing from Massachusetts, with some time spent deep in the heart of Texas, Lindsey has been involved in the food and farming world since 2009. After milking cows and goats, raising chickens, studying and implementing permaculture systems design, edible and native landscaping, working on organic farms in Texas, servin’ up food at farm-to-table restaurants and catering, and aiding in developing a farmer’s cooperative in agrarian Central Texas, Lindsey arrived in Nevada County in 2017 and happily found herself working at First Rain Farm. Lindsey is drawn to the realm of food and farming as it offers the perfect intersectional space to examine and work on the many ails and shortcomings in our culture and society, be it labor politics, economics, equity & justice, as well as stewarding the land and our planet in a healthful way.
Ciara Shapiro
Ciara Shapiro
Farmer/Rancher Board Member
Ciara Shapiro owns and operates AM Ranch in Penn Valley with her husband, Michael Shapiro. They use regenerative ranching practices to raise chickens, pigs, sheep, goats and cattle. Ciara is a seventh generation Nevada County native and has vended with the Nevada City Farmers Market since 2015. She has also served on the Penn Valley Rodeo Association board for 6 years.