Farmers Market Update – December 2021

by Dan Foster

New Market Participants joining sometime in 2022:
Xulo – handmade tortillas made with local animal fat, with vegan options as well
Juicy Bottle Service – small batch pre-bottled juices
Fogline Farm – renowned ranch in Santa Cruz that mainly raises chickens
Oya Organics – Organic Farm from Hollister selling row crops and a variety of value-added items made from their crops.
Out for Season:
Kashiwase
Fenella’s Berries
Entertainment Schedule:
12/4 Tony Martinez Trio
12/11 The Dewayne Oakley Blues Ensemble
12/18 (no one scheduled at this time)
The Market will be CLOSED on 12/25/21 and 1/1/22 for Christmas and New Year’s respectively. 

Dan Foster has been a market manager with AIM since 2017 and is currently managing the Grand Lake Oakland Farmers Markets. Prior to his time with AIM, Dan spent eleven years in produce/retail management at Whole Foods Market. Dan lives in Novato with his wife and two (soon to be three) daughters. Dan studied Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In his free time, he makes music, plays games, or hoops it up in a local basketball rec league.

Contact: dan@agriculturalinstitute.org

Editor’s Postscript: The last couple of weekends were like the good, old days with big crowds and great music provided by local musicians. This past Saturday, the Crying Uncle band, which first played at the market four or five years ago, was back and better than ever–which is saying a lot. Here’s a brief snippet of them playing “Hold On!” The week before, the Phat Luv band had folks dancing in the aisles as you’ll see here. Speaking of videos, AIM CEO Andy Naja-Riese emailed this message a couple of weeks ago:

We are fortunate to be able to partner with an amazing organization called Youth Beat that provides media training and mentorship to low-income Oakland youth. Working with Visit Oakland, they produced a video about what makes the Grand Lake neighborhood a special place to live and visit. You’ll notice our own market manager Dan Foster and the farmers market proudly featured.