Pine Creek, downtown Grass Valley markets open this week |

Pine Creek, downtown Grass Valley markets open this week

Shoppers pick from fresh peaches and other fruits available from Urbina Family Farms at a 2017 Thursday Night Market. This year, the farmers market portion of the event will be in partnership with The Market at Grass Valley.
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Market times & locations

8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, through Nov. 23, The North Star House, 12075 Old Auburn Road, Grass Valley

8 a.m.-noon Tuesdays from May 14-Sept. 24, Pine Creek Shopping Center, 650 Freeman Lane, Grass Valley

4-7 p.m. Thursdays from May 23-Sept. 26, City Parking Lot at the corner of Neal and South Auburn streets except for June 27-Aug. 1 during Thursday Night Markets on Mill Street

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The farmers market season in Nevada County kicks into higher gear today, with the market that debuted last June in Pine Creek Shopping Center returning for a full run.

That market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon in front of Raley’s, and joins the market at North Star House that opened in late April and the Nevada City market that will end its winter season on Saturday and start up again on June 1.

There have been some changes in the weekly market line-up, as well as a rebranding and consolidation of focus, for the Nevada County Certified Grower’s Market. Those changes are part of what drove the organization to adopt a new name — The Market at Grass Valley — as well as a new logo and a new website, said board president Philip Zeiter.

One big shift is the decision to close the Penn Valley market at Western Gateway Park and instead have a full-season farmers market in downtown Grass Valley, Zeiter said.

“It’s an advantage to have a market right downtown,” Zeiter said. “We thought it best to consolidate … to make the downtown Grass Valley market a fuller market rather than having two small ones. We felt it would offer greater exposure (for the vendors) to everyone in the area, rather than just to Penn Valley.”

The new market in the historic downtown will open May 23 in the paid parking lot at the corner of Neal and South Auburn streets, and will be from 4-7 p.m. through Sept. 26. During the five- to six-week Thursday Night Market run by the Grass Valley Downtown Association from late June through July, however, the market will move to Mill Street.

When The Market at Grass Valley decided to launch a market downtown, Grass Valley Downtown Association Executive Director Marni Marshall said joining forces was the logical move.

“We think it’s going to be really great,” Marshall said of the new partnership. “In the past, we had booked the farmers for the Thursday Night Market, and last year, we started a very small market on North Auburn Street. The farmers have always wanted a longer season to be able to sell their produce, and it has been a passion project for me, (but) it’s a lot of work.”

One market that has not changed its location or time — but has expanded its offerings — is the Saturday morning market at North Star House that runs from 8 a.m. to noon through Nov. 23.

“There are some neat things happening,” Zeiter said. “There are several new vendors coming in, and new activities every Saturday now.”

Shoppers at the Saturday market will have a wider selection of organic produce, fresh fish and pasture-raised meats, cheese, bread and pastries, as well as beef jerky, olive oil and artisan offerings like hand-made soaps. One addition is a knife-sharpener who will hone your blades on the spot. Breakfast and lunch fare will be available including crepes, free-range eggs and sausage, and grass-fed beef burgers, along with Caroline’s coffee.

Zeiter promises live music every Saturday, as well as an hour-long yoga class for $5 per session. Kids activities will include arts and crafts and face-painting, and other occasional offerings include poetry and cooking and gardening classes.

“It’s a very festive Saturday outing for all ages,” Zeiter said.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at

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