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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: Larry Tristano’s Triple T Ranch & Farm

Triple T Ranch and Farm has been a familiar presence at Santa Rosa and Marin farmers markets since the mid 1990s but that is not how it got its start. Larry  Tristano began selling zucchini to local Lucky Markets in 1983, when the fecund summer squash was his primary crop. By the mid 1990s he had expanded what he grew and, in 1995, became a vendor at the Marin Civic Center Farmers Market in San Rafael. In 1996, he was… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Redwood Empire Certified Farmers Market Open on the Fourth

On Wednesday, the new Redwood Empire Farmers Market shifts from its inaugural location on the west side of the Santa Rosa Veterans Building to the large east-side parking lot vacated by the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market in mid-May, when it moved to the Wells Fargo Center. Although many customers prefer the shadier west-side location–it is more intimate, less windy and quieter–vendors welcome this move to the east side because the market will now be visible to passing traffic.… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Redwood Empire Farmers Market Opens

On Saturday morning, not long before the kick-off of the Rose Parade, a new farmers market opened in the west parking lot of the Santa Rosa Veterans Building. The Redwood Empire Farmers Market is the fourth farmers market in Santa Rosa. For a summary of Santa Rosa markets, check out a recent post here. On opening day, there were 44 stalls, 42 with vendors, one with a magician and one that serves as the market’s information booth. When it comes… Read More »

How many farmers markets are there in Santa Rosa?

With controversial changes underway in local farmers markets, a lot of misinformation is afloat. Let me try to clear up at least some of it. Contrary to several announcements and articles, the new market launching on Saturday does not raise the number of local farmers markets to two. It raises that number to four. The Oakmont Farmers Market has operated year round since the mid 1990s. It takes place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Its customers tend to be… Read More »