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Fresh From Our Farmers: Pepper Ranch Poultry

Every January, a few writers make predictions about what the so-called hot food trends will be in the coming year. For 2013, they’ve declared that “heirloom” chicken will be among the new options that capture our attention. Here in Sonoma County, we are, once again, ahead of the curve. Much of the rest of the country may be just discovering the superiority of pasture-raised heritage breeds, but here we’ve had excellent small-scale chicken for more than two decades and the… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Petaluma Evening Market Launches Tonight

The Petaluma Evening Farmers Market kicks off its sixth season this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. It takes place on Second Street between B & D Streets in the theater district of downtown Petaluma. Like most evening markets, this market turns into more of a street fair/party as the evening progresses. Serious shoppers should try to arrive early and tuck their purchases in their cars or at home–a lot of people walk to the market–before joining in the festivities. Although afternoon… 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 »