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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: 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

  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: Bodega Bay

Sonoma County has a new farmers market. It’s located in Bodega Bay and opened on September 4. You have until October 30 to enjoy it this year. … Read More »

Feasting on Farro: Ten Delicious Recipes for Winter

Don’t let farro’s trendy reputation ruin your enjoyment of this ancient, delicious and healthy grain. … Read More »

Greenstring Farm Store, Open Daily 10 to 6

On the eastern edge of Petaluma, you’ll find one of the North Bay’s best farm stores, Greenstring Farm, a project of Bob Cannard and Fred Cline. And don’t miss the turntable! You can listen to a favorite record while you shop. … Read More »

Spanish Musica: A most delicious green bean

It’s green bean season and as you would expect, the best of the harvest is available at our farmers markets. Don’t miss Middleton Farm’s Spanish Musica. And don’t undercook your green beans, lest you incur the wrath of Julia Child’s ghost. … Read More »