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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: Petaluma’s Greenstring Farm Stand

The Frates Rd. entrance to Green String Farms is lined with olive trees and rose bushes planted in wine barrels. The Adobe Rd. entrance takes you through fields of crops punctuated by trees, marigolds and other flowers, past a large chicken coop filled with happy laying hens and a few other farm buildings before you reach your destination, the farm store, with its with freshly-harvested produce. In mid-August, the patio is filled with mounds of tomatoes, some ideal for sauce,… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Pepper Ranch Poultry

Every January, a few writers make predictions about what the so-called hot food trends will be in the coming year. For 2013, they’ve declared that “heirloom” chicken will be among the new options that capture our attention. Here in Sonoma County, we are, once again, ahead of the curve. Much of the rest of the country may be just discovering the superiority of pasture-raised heritage breeds, but here we’ve had excellent small-scale chicken for more than two decades and the… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Bodega Bay Market Opens

One of our tiniest seasonal farmers markets, the one in Bodega Bay, opened for its second season on May 27. The market is a delightful community affair, with a leisurely pace in a beautiful setting. When I arrived last Sunday at 10 a.m., the field where the market takes place was cloaked in fog and bathed by a brisk wind, one that chilled shoppers and vendors but did not threaten stall tents. By the time I left an hour later,… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Green String Farm & Institute

On Sunday afternoon, as shadows grew long and the wind had me reaching for a warm scarf, the parking lot of Green String Farms was bustling with cars, customers coming and going, arms full of spring’s early harvest. The farm store is surrounded by “U-Dig” flower starts, vegetable seedlings, herbs, small trees–dwarf palms, pine, buckeye and olive–and a small mountain of crushed rock, a perfect garden supplement. Under a colorful chalk sign announcing free farm tours at noon on Saturday… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Sebastopol

Just as the reality of drought settled in, the rains came, welcome, wonderful and disruptive, especially of early spring’s harvest. The effect was all over the Sebastopol farmers market on the last Sunday in March. Farmers don’t skip a market because it is wet outside. In some instances–Sebastopol’s Laguna Farms, for example–heavy rains prevent them from getting into their fields to pick. Others can get into certain fields but not others. Hector Alvarez and Triple T Farm could not get… Read More »

Eggs in Spring: Poached, Slow-Scrambled, Baked & More

Except during the year’s darkest days and when she is moulting, a hen produces an egg every 24 to 28 hours. She doesn’t need a rooster around to do it. She can’t not do it. Not long after she lays one egg, she begins producing another. Some hens are happier when there’s a rooster around, others simply find him annoying. When it comes to eggs, it doesn’t matter. Day in and day out, a hen produces her eggs, beautifully-shaped spheres… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Sebastopol

  The first Sebastopol farmers market of the year opened under a huge bowl of clear blue sky with no promise of rain. The chilly morning warmed quickly; by 11 a.m., shoppers were loosening their scarves and shedding their coats. The market has gone year-round for the first time and local folks still express surprise that it is up and running. But it is thriving. Paula Downing, manager, has reduced the number of vendors; all fit in the parking lot.… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Sebastopol in October

The Sebastopol farmers market is beautiful and inviting in October. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time, so that you can enjoy the community of the market as well as the best fruits and vegetables you can find anywhere.… Read More »