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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. It’s a tad later than usual; we typically see The Patch in mid spring, with tiny Nantes carrots that have not yet filled out to reveal their characteristic curved tips. At the Sebastopol market on Sunday, it was easy to spot the variety from a distance. “I’ve been harvesting zucchini for five or six weeks,” farmer Lazaro Calderon said… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Singing Frogs Farm

Paul Kaiser coaxes a remarkable abundance from the two and a half acres he currently has in production at his Singing Frogs Farm in west Sebastopol, not far from Ragle Ranch Park. He operates a year round CSA subscription program with 120 members and attends four farmers markets, two of which are year round. Kaiser also harvests what we think of as summer crops remarkably early. Every year, he has zucchini and other summer squashes and cucumbers in April and… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market

As the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market settles into its second harvest season in its new location at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, it has hit its stride as the country’s central farmers market. During its 16-month tenure at the center, it has moved several times to accommodate contracts in effect before the market became a tenant. Now it seems to have a permanent location, on the west side of the main building, adjacent to Highway 101,… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Petaluma’s Greenstring Farm Stand

The Frates Rd. entrance to Green String Farms is lined with olive trees and rose bushes planted in wine barrels. The Adobe Rd. entrance takes you through fields of crops punctuated by trees, marigolds and other flowers, past a large chicken coop filled with happy laying hens and a few other farm buildings before you reach your destination, the farm store, with its with freshly-harvested produce. In mid-August, the patio is filled with mounds of tomatoes, some ideal for sauce,… Read More »

Share Your Favorite Summer Dishes Here

In today’s Seasonal Pantry, which you can read here, I ask for your favorite ways to enjoy summer’s bounty. What do you do with Gravenstein apples, other than eat them? Do you make pesto at home? What is your favorite way to enjoy summer tomatoes? Got a trick with melons? Do you make Santa Rosa Plum tarts or galettes? Where do you get most of your summer produce? What are you drinking this summer? Please share here.  

Fresh From Our Farmers: Sebastopol in October

The Sebastopol farmers market is beautiful and inviting in October. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time, so that you can enjoy the community of the market as well as the best fruits and vegetables you can find anywhere.… Read More »

Fresh From Our Farmers: Final Wednesday Night Market of the Season

The Wednesday Downtown Market, with its certified farmers market at the east end, has one night to go, September 14, making it the last opportunity of the season to attend an evening market in Santa Rosa. … Read More »