The market has moved from the Copia parking lot to the parking lot of the Wine Train.
This is a nicer location, but it seems a shame they could not have put this actually at Oxbow instead of a block away.
The one thing I like about this market is it is the only market besides Ferry Plaza that has Devoto, the vendor with the wonderful heirloom apples.
I went to the Saturday market last year on the last day during the last half hour. I didn't think it was that great, but given the last minute timing, I was looking forward to seeing what it was like prime time.
Hmmmm ... not a whole lot better. It is surprising because one would assume that Napa would have a spectacular farmers market.
First of all there are too many craft stands ... at least eight. That is why flea markets, not farmers markets exist. Seriously, when I'm looking for inexpensive earrings, my first thought isn't a farmers market.
Second there are too many prepared food booths and they are featured. If you walk in either from the street or parking lot, that is the first aisle ... crafts and prepared food.
The outside aisle has the farm stands ... with more prepared food. They put one poor berrry/bean vendor waaaay off in a corner behind the music. They were not getting much busisness though they had some nice beans. Didn't try the berries.
Then there is too much of the same stuff, this week it was mainly stone fruit and strawberres. I could only find one stand selling lettuce, Big Ranch Farms. The Patch of Sonoma had some onions and greens such as chard.
The farmers listed on the whiteboard were Bera, Berret, Devoto, Gutelli, Hudson, J&J, Marshall's honey, Moon/Stars, Morning Sun, Rodrigues, Neighborhood Patch, Twin Peaks.
I really don't think I saw all of those farmers on the list.
For prepared food there was Annie (jam, I belive), Atlas Peak, The Smoked Olive, Biscotti di Bianchi, Drink the Leaf Tea, Tillerman Tea, Ritual Coffee, Mi Fiesta, NV dog food, Sampas Brazilian cheese bread, Mi Fiesta tamales, Model Bakery, Alexis Baking company. Sweetie PIe ... maybe a few more
The one I was happy to see was The Smoked Olive which sells wood-smoked olive oils
I've seen the sign for them at some store in wine country that is never open when I am driving by. These are really tasty. The price was a little off-putting, but I'm thinking this would be a really nice addition to a lot of dishes to give them a smoked quality.
It is kind of fun to be next to the wine train. There are a lot of tables to sit and enjoy the many, many prepared goods. Lots of parking is available.
Saturday Napa Downtown Farmers Market
1275 McKinstry St, Napa, CA