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Fresh From Our Farmers: Paul’s Produce

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 breakfast. That pristine quality threads through much of Wirtz’s harvest. His foods are bright, with true flavor and perfect texture.  He is a fine fine farmer, with a bit of… Read More »

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 of his widely praised tomatoes. “Soon,” he says with a smile, “maybe in a couple of weeks.” The first usually appear sometime in June. Calderon typically has tomatoes longer than… Read More »