Some farmers and crafters markets go year round, but nature's bounty peaks in August, when many fruits are nearing their season's end but vegetables are just getting started. There's no question that we're currently at peak popularity with these markets, where you can find hand-made crafts, personal health products and other artisan goods in addition to produce. New markets seem to pop up like mushrooms lately. And speaking of mushrooms ...
Rain Forest Mushrooms, who sells a wide range of certified-organic mushrooms including maitake, shitake, lions mane and oyster are a favorite vendor at the Newport Farmers Market and will also be at the Yachats Farmers Market. Their wide variety of fresh fungi is sold along with infused oils and a new product, roasted mushroom hummus in a few different flavors. I have been buying their maitake mushrooms for years, and they are wonderful.
Following are Central Coast markets, listed by day of the week.
Newport Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
You can find Rainforest Mushrooms and over 60 other food and craft vendors at this market, including the much sought-after Pacific Sourdough Bread booth. Find it all on the corner of Angle and Highway 101.
Neskowin Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This small but high-quality market features produce from Corvus Landing and Mama Tee’s Farm, seafood from Barnacle Bill’s Seafood Market and artisan cheeses from Nestucca Bay Creamery. Located at the Neskowin Beach Wayside.
Saturday and Sunday
Florence Boardwalk Market, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A weekend crafters' market located adjacent to the Siuslaw River Boardwalk. Find it at the Port of Siuslaw, Bay and Nopal Streets.
The Lincoln City Farmers and Crafters Market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This steadily growing market has over 50 vendors, a full food court and occasionally live music. Located at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Highway 101.
The Yachats Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Abundant locally grown and organic produce, local artisan products and natural crafts. Located at West 4th Street and Highway 101.
Waldport Wednesday Market, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Arrive early if you want to get a Dark Moon Doughnut; they go fast. Located at 265 Northwest Alsea Highway.
The Toledo Waterfront Market, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This scenic market will be closing at the end of the month, so get there quick. Grab some hot food and enjoy it on the lawn along the Toledo Waterfront Park. Located at the Port of Toledo, 127 Northwest A Street.
Are you a farmers market fan? We love getting your comments and stories, so feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section. For other things to do on the Central Coast before or after filling up on fresh peaches, check out our Daytime Events calendar. For evening entertainment our Nightlife page steers you to the top happenings on the Central Coast.