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Fresh From Our Farmers: Redwood Empire Farmers Market

One of our newer markets, the Redwood Empire Farmers Market in central Santa Rosa, features both long-time vendors familiar to us all and some new kids on the block, like Ludwig Farm, located on Ludwig Rd. in southeast Santa Rosa. Ludwig Farm’s specialties are inspired by southern crops; they currently have fresh black-eye peas, butter beans and collard greens, along with apples, beets and winter squash. Ortiz  Farms, also located in southwest Santa Rosa, is one of the best sources… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Sebastopol Evening Market Launches

After years of dreaming and months of planning, the Sebastopol Certified Farmers Market is launching a second day, a Thursday evening market in the town plaza. The new market will operate from 5 to 7:30 p.m. through October 31. The goal of the market is two-fold. First, management has long wanted to offer west county residents a mid-week opportunity to restock seasonal fruits and vegetables. And because the Sunday market is limited to the number of vendors who fit in… 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: 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: Sebastopol

In mid-summer, the Sebastopol farmers market is thriving, though we’ll have to wait a bit longer for the best local tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. And part of the charm of this market is the one-of-a-kind-only-in-west-county moments it offers.… Read More »

Paula Downing Returns to Farmers Market

Last night at a special meeting of members, farmers and other vendors voted to reinstate Paula Downing as market manager after her abrupt dismissal several weeks ago by the board. … Read More »