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Fresh From Our Farmers: The Patch Is Back!

The Patch is back! And how perfect that the Sonoma farm’s reappearance coincided with the solstice and the first day of summer. It’s a tad later than usual; we typically see The Patch in mid spring, with tiny Nantes carrots that have not yet filled out to reveal their characteristic curved tips. At the Sebastopol market on Sunday, it was easy to spot the variety from a distance. “I’ve been harvesting zucchini for five or six weeks,” farmer Lazaro Calderon said… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: The Patch in Sonoma Still Has tomatoes

“Are you still buying tomatoes?” a customer asked me at the Sebastopol farmers market on Sunday. She wanted to know if they were still good enough for salads and because I had not finished my shopping yet and tomatoes are, at this time of year, a moment-to-moment consideration, suggested she talk to Lazaro Calderon at The Patch’s booth. Later that day, as I was filling a bag with colorful heirloom tomatoes, Calderon said, “Tell everyone I will have tomatoes until… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Sonoma’s The Patch

For years, The Patch has been the first local farm with tomatoes. Lazaro Calderon’s booths at local farmers markets appear sometime in April, when he has some of the best-tasting Nantes carrots around, and the race is on. By mid-May, customers are asking when he expects to have the first of his widely praised tomatoes. “Soon,” he says with a smile, “maybe in a couple of weeks.” The first usually appear sometime in June. Calderon typically has tomatoes longer than… Read More »