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A Fresh Chutney for Fig Season

 Fresh Fig Chutney • Makes about 2 1/2 cups In the United States, we typically think of cooked chutney like Major Grey’s when we think of chutney. But there are many styles of chutney, some sweet, others savory, and some of the best are made with fresh, uncooked ingredients. This one comes in handy when you have a lot of fresh figs begging for attention. It is delicious slathered on a sandwich with fresh chèvre and prosciutto and makes a great… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Buddy’s Farm, Goldie’s Best eggs

Today, Leuschen cares for a flock of about 800 birds, nearly two dozen of which are roosters. Currently, the hens are producing about 30 dozen fertile eggs a day. By the end of summer, when some of the younger birds come into production, there will be about 40 dozen a day. The eggs are sold direct to customers from the farm.… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: The Patch Is Back!

The Patch is back! And how perfect that the Sonoma farm’s reappearance coincided with the solstice and the first day of summer. It’s a tad later than usual; we typically see The Patch in mid spring, with tiny Nantes carrots that have not yet filled out to reveal their characteristic curved tips. At the Sebastopol market on Sunday, it was easy to spot the variety from a distance. “I’ve been harvesting zucchini for five or six weeks,” farmer Lazaro Calderon said… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Healdsburg Wednesday Afternoon Farmers Market

The Healdsburg Wednesday afternoon market began its 2014 season a couple of weeks ago and even though it is a small market by vendor count it is a big market when it comes to its selection of produce. Autumn’s Garden, located on Pine Flat Rd. above Alexander Valley, has what I think are the first local Padron chiles of the year. The farm is also harvesting delicious green beans; carrots; zucchini and other summer squash; garlic and several varieties of… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Singing Frogs Farm

Paul Kaiser coaxes a remarkable abundance from the two and a half acres he currently has in production at his Singing Frogs Farm in west Sebastopol, not far from Ragle Ranch Park. He operates a year round CSA subscription program with 120 members and attends four farmers markets, two of which are year round. Kaiser also harvests what we think of as summer crops remarkably early. Every year, he has zucchini and other summer squashes and cucumbers in April and… Read More »