The Patch is back! And how perfect that the Sonoma farm's reappearance coincided with the solstice and the first day of summer. The Patch has two large fig trees, already bearing beautiful fruit. It's a tad later than usual; we typically see The Patch in mid spring, with [...]
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 [...]
Sam Kim of Bohemian Well Being Farm is a familiar face to farmers market shoppers throughout Sonoma County. At the peak of the season, when all our markets are in full swing, you’ll find him at several each week with his cultivated and wild mushrooms, some not much bigger [...]
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 [...]
For years, The Patch has been the first local farm with tomatoes. Lazaro Calderon’s booths at local farmers markets appear sometime in April, when he has some of the best-tasting Nantes carrots around, and the race is on. By mid-May, customers are asking when he expects to have the first [...]
The Red Barn at Oak Hill Farm in Glen Ellen opened for the season on May 2. The historic barn, over 100 years old, sits on the edge of about 700 gorgeous acres, about 50 of which are under cultivation. The entire property is preserved in the Sonoma Land Trust; [...]
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 [...]
Tomorrow morning, the Sonoma Valley Farmers Market hosts a special pumpkin contest and welcomes dozens of school kids to the morning market.