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Fresh From Our Farmers: Let’s Go Farm

A conversation with Joey Smith, founder of Let’s Go Farm in east Santa Rosa, is inspiring, in a very focused way. The young man–he is just 30–is passionate about both farming and gardening. “One of my goals,” he explains, “is to show people that they can grow a lot of food on a very small piece of land.” He makes you want to go outside and start digging. Smith’s primary mission is providing his community with good food, which he… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Bloomfield Farms

Since Mike Collins relaunched his certified-organic Bloomfield Farms about three years ago, it has established itself as one of the heavy hitters of local produce, with a successful Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, a presence at Bay Area farmers markets and farm events that draw scores of visitors from both in and out of the county. The farm’s produce is also sold at several Bay Area supermarkets, including Community Market and certain Whole Foods. F.E.E.D.Sonoma and Planet Organics also purchase… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Orchard Farms

Orchard Farms is one of the year-round heavy hitters at farmers markets in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Marin. Founded in downtown Sebastopol in 1994, the farm’s primary property has been located on Barnett Valley Road in west Sebastopol since 1995. In addition, farmer Ken Orchard leases three other pieces of land, two in Petaluma and one, the historic Laufenberg Ranch, in Calistoga, for a total of about 33 acres, though currently only 15 acres are in production. The Laufenberg Ranch, a property… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Laguna Farm

In the 1980s, three pioneer farmers–Jeff Dawson of Grandview Farm, Leonard Diggs of The Farmery and Scott Mathieson of Laguna Farm–began growing mesclun, a French-inspired mix of salad greens harvested, leaf by tiny leaf, young. Before long, mesclun from Sonoma County began appearing on restaurant menus as far away as Boston, New York, Honolulu and Miami. By the 1990s, Dawson and Diggs had moved on to other agricultural endeavors but Mathieson kept producing his popular mesclun and had grown his… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: The Return of Bloomfield Farms

Call it Bloomfield 2.0, Bloomfield Reborn or the Return of Bloomfield: Bloomfield Farms is back. For fifteen years, the farm–eighty acres hidden in plain view near the intersection of Roblar and Valley Ford Roads in Bloomfield–thrived. Under the direction of Mike Collins, one of the world’s leading permaculture authorities, the farm provided such restaurants as Berkeley’s Chez Panisse and natural foods businesses like Amy’s Kitchen with high quality certified organic produce. Yet with no farm stand and no presence at… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Rohnert Park

The Rohnert Park Farmers Market kicked off its 2nd season on June 3 and continues through September. Like all evening markets, it is as much a community party as it is a place to buy local foods from fresh herbs to grass-fed meats.… Read More »