A Fresh Chutney for Fig Season

The Patch of Sonoma was the first farm with figs this season.  Fresh Fig Chutney • Makes about 2 1/2 cups In the United States, we typically think of cooked chutney like Major Grey's when we think of chutney. But there are many styles of chutney, some sweet, others [...]

By | July 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: The Patch Is Back!

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 [...]

By | June 27th, 2014|1 Comment

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 [...]

By | December 6th, 2013|0 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: The Patch in Sonoma Still Has tomatoes

“Are you still buying tomatoes?” a customer asked me at the Sebastopol farmers market on Sunday. She wanted to know if they were still good enough for salads and because I had not finished my shopping yet and tomatoes are, at this time of year, a moment-to-moment consideration, suggested she [...]

By | December 6th, 2013|3 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Thursday Morning Market at Coddingtown

Last Thursday, the final seasonal farmers market of 2013 opened; the season is now in full swing, with 27 market days each week. The WIC Farmers Market takes place on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the WIC office at 1450 Guerneville Rd., at [...]

By | July 24th, 2013|0 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Sonoma’s The Patch

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 [...]

By | October 26th, 2012|0 Comments

Drinking Beauty: Dehlinger ’94

Last night, I cooked dinner for a friend, a long-promised birthday present. I planned the meal around bone-in ribeye steaks from Salmon Creek Ranch, as I'd been telling my friend how good they are for quite some time. He was eager to see for himself. Dinner began with [...]

By | October 25th, 2012|0 Comments

What are you eating today?

In today's Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I invite readers to share what will be on the table today. So, here's your chance, tell us what's on the menu and where you got the ingredients. I'll start: I've made a salad of green beans, [...]

By | July 4th, 2012|14 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Ripe Tomatoes at the Wednesday Night Market!

If you live downtown or within easy walking or biking distance of downtown, the Wednesday Night Market includes a farmers market that is good for mid-week restocking or general produce shopping if you can’t attend any of the city’s morning markets. There are about sixteen vendors, located along E St. [...]

By | May 23rd, 2012|1 Comment

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, [...]

By | May 15th, 2012|0 Comments