Fresh From Our Farmers: Let’s Go Farm

A conversation with Joey Smith, founder of Let’s Go Farm in east Santa Rosa, is inspiring, in a very focused way. The young man--he is just 30--is passionate about both farming and gardening. “One of my goals,” he explains, “is to show people that they can grow a [...]

By | May 31st, 2013|1 Comment

Fresh From Our Farmers: Strawberry Stand in West Santa Rosa

I didn’t expect the aroma of onions as I stepped out of my car at Lao Saetern’s strawberry stand on Highway 12 between Santa Rosa and Sebastopol but that is just what enveloped me as I breathed in the cool spring air. At that moment, there were nothing [...]

By | May 8th, 2013|1 Comment

Fresh From Our Farmers: Hector’s Honey Farm

Hector Alvarez of Hector’s Honey Farm just may be the James Brown of local agriculture. Granted, he doesn’t sport a satin cape or fall to his knees in faux heartbreak. But when you look at his schedule--nine farmers markets a week at the height of the season--it’s hard to argue [...]

By | September 2nd, 2012|7 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Redwood Empire Farm

For eight years, Jeff Russell has farmed in east Santa Rosa, on Rincon Valley land purchased decades ago by his great aunt. Today, fruit trees--including French prune plums--planted more than a hundred years ago and likely purchased directly from Luther Burbank are still productive. Russell chose Redwood Empire Farm as [...]

By | September 2nd, 2012|2 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Tierra Vegetables

Although you wouldn’t realize it by looking at the wooden boxes and bins filled with colorful chiles, cucumbers and eggplant, Tierra Vegetables hasn’t yet hit its 2012 stride. The peak of its harvest is still about three weeks away. “This is due to colder than normal night temperatures about a [...]

By | September 2nd, 2012|0 Comments

Chosen Spot Dinner #3 Menu Announced

Chef John Lyle's menu for Chosen Spot Dinner #3, which takes place on August 11, was announced this morning, after plenty of teasing by Hardcore  Farm To Face. Things begin with a sweet corn and peach popsicle, which will be followed by blackened Ling Cod with a crispy [...]

By | July 25th, 2012|2 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Harvest Season Is In Full Swing

The season of abundance, which arcs over summer and fall, is in full swing, with all sixteen of our farmers markets open, offering twenty-three market days each week. Markets take place everyday but Monday and on certain days--Wednesdays, for example--you have a choice of three or four markets. If you’ve [...]

By | July 10th, 2012|0 Comments

More Changes: McCoy’s Cookware Closing

After 25 years in the retail cookware business, Louise McCoy is closing her sweet little shop, McCoy's Cookware. She first opened the store in 1986 in Railroad Square, near where Hot Couture is located. In 1990, she moved to the current location at 2759 Fourth St., next to what is [...]

By | January 3rd, 2012|0 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Santa Rosa November Highlights

Fall colors and new faces signal the changing of the seasons at the Santa Rosa Original Farmers Market.

By | November 15th, 2011|0 Comments

Feathery Commotion at G & G Market

Two turkeys--surely young males--strut their stuff on College Ave. this morning

By | September 14th, 2011|4 Comments