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Change at Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, This Week Only

There will be NO MARKET this Saturday, May 3, at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. For the final time this year, the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market must make an adjustment for a previously scheduled event. The market will take place on SUNDAY, MAY 4, not Saturday. It opens at 8:30 a.m. and wraps up at 1 p.m. This change will impact the Sebastopol Farmers Market a bit, too, as some vendors attend both markets and many… Read More »

Updated: Wild Pacific King Salmon Recipes

For perfect wild king salmon that is juicy and tender, cook it slowly in a 225 degree oven. You’ll get perfect results every time. And if you want to gild the lily, wrap each fillet in a rasher or two of partially cooked bacon first.… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Middleton Farm

Nancy Skall of Middleton Farm  grows what may be the best asparagus I’ve ever tasted. Stalks range from about the diameter of a chopstick to that of your big thumb and shoppers in the know reach for the fattest ones. The thinnest stalks are not, as many restaurant menus imply, baby asparagus. They are actually the shoots of older plants. For the best-tasting most-tender asparagus, get fat stalks and either roast them in a hot oven or grill them over hot… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Healdsburg Market Opens

At 9 a.m. Saturday morning, the legendary cowbell will ring in the first Healdsburg farmers market of 2013. The opening of this market heralds the beginning of the abundant season, when we’re no longer gasping with delight at those first precious radishes and instead are racing to keep up with everything from fresh favas and green garlic to strawberries and zucchini. This year, the market opens with a new de-facto partner, SHED, located across the street from the market’s north… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Parsons Homegrown Tomatoes

Parsons Homegrown of Fulton fills a very specific niche, fresh local tomatoes from January through July or August. Kelley Parsons established her operation in 1994 and it is thriving today. This year, she is growing three varieties, Favorita, a cherry tomato; Geronimo, a red beefsteak, and Yellow Boy, a yellow beefsteak. In the early 1990s, Kelley and Tom Parsons were starting their family. Their second child had just been born and Kelley was working full time as an insurance underwriter.… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Strong Arm Farm

Picture this: Baskets full of purple, chocolate, red and golden sweet peppers, tiny yellow onions, pert red shallots, leeks, garlic, chard, tomatoes and purple and white eggplant. There’s a small basket holding an array of hot peppers, Padrons are piled high in little bucket and herbs snuggle together in a bowl.  Tucked here and there are pretty bouquets of flowers and a long flat basket holds packages of Sonoma Coast seaweeds and gomasio , a condiment made of toasted nori… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Preston Farms

Lou and Susan Preston have been making wine in Dry Creek Valley since the early 1970s but their gorgeous estate, nestled near the northwest corner of Dry Creek Valley, is much more than a vineyard and winery. It is a farm, a ranch, an orchard, a farm store, a bakery and more. It has grown, bit by bit, into a compelling expression of glorious diversity, as grapes have taken their place alongside other, equally important, crops. This year, Preston Farms… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Sebastopol Berry Farm

As days shorten and evenings turn cold, there’s a sense of dismay among those of us who eat seasonally: Summer fruit is over, we sigh. But not to worry, not yet. Gravensteins may be gone and peaches, plums and nectarines are winding down, but there are plenty of melons, grapes, pears, and raspberries and likely will be for several weeks. “We’ll have raspberries until the first hard frost,” Gloria Vigil of Sebastopol Berry Farm says, adding that such a freeze… Read More »

Tell Me Yours, I’ll Tell You Mine

Tomatoes are glorious this year. They arrived earlier than many of us anticipated and they are lingering deliciously at their peak flavor. Tomorow, there’s one more chance to sample a wide range of heirloom varieties for free at the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, the one in the southeast parking lot of the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Have you found a favorite heirloom variety this year? If so, please tell us something about it in the comments… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Healdsburg Wednesday Market Launches This Afternoon

For years, the Healdsburg Farmers Market has had a second market day, on Tuesday afternoons. Until last year it took place at the town plaza but as Tuesday afternoon summer concerts grew in popularity, the market was eclipsed. Last year it moved a couple of blocks west. Now it’s returned to the plaza but on Wednesdays instead of Tuesdays. I can just about hear locals heave a sigh of relief, as they envision downtown parking. The market kicks off today… Read More »