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Fresh From Our Farmers: Thursday Morning Market at Coddingtown

Last Thursday, the final seasonal farmers market of 2013 opened; the season is now in full swing, with 27 market days each week. The WIC Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the WIC office at 1450 Guerneville Rd., at the corner of Range Ave., adjacent to Coddingtown. The name refers to Woman, Infants and Children, a federal program developed to provide supplemental nutritional support to low-income mothers and their… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Sebastopol in December

On Sunday, the Sebastopol Farmers Market was smaller than usual, though it was hard to tell, given the market’s location shift. For the month of December, the market moves to the town plaza so holiday shoppers have access to parking. It will return to its usual spot on January 6. Although the market opens at 10 a.m., the day begins much earlier for farmers and ranchers, who must harvest if they have not already done so, pack and drive, sometimes… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Hector’s Honey Farm

Hector Alvarez of Hector’s Honey Farm just may be the James Brown of local agriculture. Granted, he doesn’t sport a satin cape or fall to his knees in faux heartbreak. But when you look at his schedule–nine farmers markets a week at the height of the season–it’s hard to argue that he’s not the hardest working man in farming. Although Alvarez is best known for his award-winning honeys, honeycomb and bees wax candles, he has been growing produce, as well,… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Launch of the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market’s New Location

The Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market greeted Saturday morning from its new home in the southeast parking lot of the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. By 8:30 a.m., the market’s official opening time, it was full of shoppers. You could almost hear a collective sigh of relief, as two years of tension, anxiety, unhappiness and hard work receded and a new era was born. Although the space is about 25 percent smaller than its former location at the Veterans… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Petaluma Saturday Market Opens For Its 26th Season

The Petaluma Farmers Market, located in Walnut Park a few blocks south of downtown, opens for its 26th season this Saturday, May 19. There will be about 50 vendors, most of them returning, a few new. Many of the vendors attend several markets a week. Among them are Hector Alvarez, with honey, honey products, eggs, garlic, chiles and other vegetables. The Patch starts its 2012 season here; you can expect early zucchini, onions, potatoes and such from this Sonoma farm,… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Last Day at Vets Building for Santa Rosa Original Farmers Market

On Wednesday at noon, the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market ends its nearly four-decade long run in the east parking lot of the Santa Rosa Veterans Building, located at the corner of Brookwood and Maple Ave., across from the fairgrounds. The Wednesday market opens, as it always has, at 8:30 a.m. Participating vendors include DeSantis Farms, with an array of familiar and rare citrus and other fruits; Schetelwitz Family Farm, which has the season’s first apricots, nectarines and plums;… Read More »

Update: Loving Spaghetti Squash, with more photos

UPDATE: I finally had the time to experiment with Spaghetti Squash Carbonara. Oh my. It is so good; I just finished the leftovers. I followed a recipe from Pasta Classics, a book I wrote in 1999 or thereabouts. I’m surprised that it worked so well on my first try. At some point, I may tweak it a bit to lighten it up–it is very rich–but this first attempt turned out pretty much perfectly. The leftovers were even more delicious, mostly… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Santa Rosa Wednesday Market

On Wednesday mornings, the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market is small and intimate, about a quarter the size of its Saturday sibling. Customers meander through a single aisle, greeting friends and chatting with favorite vendors. It’s an easy market, with plenty of parking, no lines and little competition for, say, spring’s first green garlic. On Wednesdays you needn’t worry about timing; if you sleep late, it’s no big deal. The market awaits, including Triple T Farm’s fresh spinach, which… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Santa Rosa Saturday Market

Intimations of spring punctuated Saturday’s farmers market in Santa Rosa: fresh fava leaves from Bernier Farms, strawberries and Haas avocados from the Central Coast, and an Italian variety of avocado, thin-skinned, deliciously buttery and reminiscent of Hawaiian avocados, though smaller, from DeSantis Farm. EarthWorker Farm offered sunflower spouts, First Light Farm sold out of pea shoots early in the day and eggs, scarce a couple of weeks ago, were more plentiful. With a soft blue sky overhead and fresh aromas… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Sebastopol in late November

To my thinking, if farmers show up at the market in the rain, the least I can do is the same. But at the Sebastopol farmers market on Sunday, neither vendors nor shoppers seemed deterred by the weather. … Read More »