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Fresh From Our Farmers: Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market

In mid-November, the Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market expresses the intersection of the seasons, with the last of summer’s tomatoes, peppers and grapes surrounded by fall’s bounty. Several vendors, including The Patch, Ortiz Farms, Paul’s Produce, Hector’s Honey  and Oak Hill Farm , are harvesting both late summer and mid-fall crops. With October and, so far, November, dry and mild, tomatoes and peppers, especially, just keep on comin’. If you want good fresh salsa on your holiday table, it looks… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Paul’s Produce

When you bite into a carrot grown by Paul Wirtz , it is almost impossible not to smile. His carrots have snap– a pristine clarity on the palate–along with an earthy sweetness that is not as easy to find as it should be. These are carrots I can easily munch for breakfast. That pristine quality threads through much of Wirtz’s harvest. His foods are bright, with true flavor and perfect texture.  He is a fine fine farmer, with a bit of… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Sonoma Valley

On Friday morning, the Sonoma Valley farmers market is filled with customers–shopping, chatting and lingering over nibbles such as hummingbird-shaped cookies and lumpia–as a stream of moms, grandparents and nannies usher babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and pups into the adjacent park. Two vendors, Paul’s Produce and Oak Hill Farm, are located nearly across with each other, with their similar harvests an evocative expression of this valley’s <<ital>> terroir<<ital>>. Both have extraordinary carrots, with the thinnest of skins, an appealing snap and… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Sonoma Valley

On a cold, crisp Friday morning, the Sonoma Valley Farmers Market shimmers like a rough diamond. Vendors, wrapped in layers of coats, scarves and, offer smiles as warm as a summer sun. Although this market is relatively small, there is a tremendous diversity of both produce, and other products, with heavy hitters like Paul’s Produce, Oak Hill Farm, Ortiz Farm, Hector’s Honey and French Garden Farm and small specialty vendors, some with a single crop, others with a diversity that… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Sonoma Valley

The Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market is one of the county’s year-long markets. In mid-Autumn, it offers a glorious way to shop for nearly everything you need to feed yourself and your family. … Read More »

UPDATE: Fresh From Our Farmers: Sonoma Valley

Since 1985, the Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market has offered shoppers pristine produce, locals eggs, meats and cheeses, unique crafts and a pleasant place to linger every Friday morning, from 9 a.m. to noon.… Read More »