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Fresh From Our Farmers: Santa Rosa Original Market This SUNDAY

The Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market will take place this Sunday, not Saturday. The change is for this week only. This shift is necessary because of a previously scheduled event at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Events at the Center are scheduled many months in advance and all those in place before the market moved to its current location last May must be honored. The market’s board of directors are working with the Center and the county to… Read More »

Mastering Grass-Fed Meats

In today’s Pairing column, where I suggest Grilled Skirt Steak in Korean Marinade with Spinach & Snow Peas as a great companion to a ten-year-old cabernet sauvignon, I promised to post information about cooking grass-fed meats, so here you go. It is not difficult but it does require a bit of adjustment for the best results. Basically, you need to cook grass-fed meats with hot and fast or low and slow or you’ll end up with tough meat. Medium just… 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 »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Green String Farm on the cusp of spring

If you turn from Adobe Rd. into the long driveway that leads to Petaluma’s Green String Farm Store, you’ll notice several leafless trees with thin golden upright branches. Morning sun glances off them so beautifully that it is tempting to simply stop driving and drink in the sight. If you continue to the farm, as you should, you’ll find some of these branches–they are willows–bundled for sale. You can take some a bunch home to decorate your porch  say, or… Read More »