California means fresh produce to us at Lark Hotels, with much of our country's food coming from the Golden State. Come spring, the small farmers of Northern California once again start setting up in the small towns up and down the coast. This year's Mendocino Farmers' Market kicks off on Friday, May 4th and runs through October. We love to visit the market to pick up supplies for a beachside picnic or to browse the handmade artisan products that make for a great vacation memento. Next time you're on a lark to our boutique Mendocino hotel, the Inns of the Blue Door Group, make sure to stop into the Mendocino Farmers' Market.
The Mendocino Farmers' Market takes place on Howard Street between Main and Albion Streets, meaning it overlooks the water. It's an idyllic place to spend an afternoon getting to know local farmers and vendors. When the sun is shining, the local musicians are playing, the farmers' market is a bustling place to stroll around and do some light shopping. The Mendocino Farmers' Market isn't all vegetables—craft and specialty product vendors are mixed in too. We think the best vacation keepsakes come with a story, and the Mendocino Farmers' Market is a great place to connect with the artists and makers. From goat milk soap and beeswax candles to jams made with local fruit and herbal salves, you'll find a California-made product that you love.
But there's plenty of local produce at the market too! Spring means strawberry season at Mendocino Farmers' Markets—a real treat if you're visiting from somewhere where the season starts later. Baked goods, produce, cheese, and fresh flowers round out the seasonal offerings. If you find yourself visiting other towns nearby, Mendocino Farmers' Markets also take place in Boonville, Fort Bragg, Ukiah, and Willits. Each one has its own unique personality, so stop by for a taste of Northern California.