The Windsor Farmers Market, which opened for its 2014 season in April, has always been as much a community event as a destination for local produce and other farm and ranch products. It has the air of a street fair, with a lot of crafts vendors, prepared foods and entertainment, and there is a special emphasis on kids and families.

“We asked Costeaux to bring their pizza crusts and sliced bread,” Tina Castelli , the market’s manager explains, adding that these are two items families with small children appreciate.

When it comes to produce, several familiar vendors attend, along with new vendors and a few who sell only at this market. 

Ortiz Farm of Santa Rosa, with its abundant year-round harvest, is here, as is Hector Alvarez with his popular honey, beeswax candles and seasonal produce.

Min-Hee Hill Farms of Sebastopol attends and currently has beautiful greens, spring garlic, seedlings and more, including their delicious ground dried chiles. All are delicious but I’m particularly fond of the smoked serrano and the chipotle powder.

Blasi Ranch attends, too, but most of its delicious citrus was lost to the hard freeze this winter. Currently, they have a bit, along with walnuts. EGB Farms has peaches, apricots, nectarines and flavored almonds. Neufeld Farms, best known for its dried fruits, has fresh stone fruit, too. Gourmet Growers of Petaluma has mushrooms, Grandma’s Pumpkin Patch is selling eggs and handmade aprons and pot holders and Krout’s Sunset Ranch currently has spring garlic and Romanesco squash, a delicious variety of summer squash. Reyes Farms has tomato starts and eggs, with more to come soon.

If you’re looking for sweet, tender butter lettuce, you’ll find it at Ridgeview Farm’s stall, along with gorgeous bouquets and, often, French Breakfast radishes.

Cecchini and Cecchini, which has 400 acres near Antioch, attends with asparagus. They always have green, sometimes have purple and take special orders for white asparagus.

Happy Farm, operated by a Vietnamese family, should begin attending this Sunday or next with an array of Asian produce, including long beans, raspberries, flowers and, sometimes, peanuts.

A new produce vendor, Rambling Roots, is located not far from the market itself and currently has microgreen salad mixes. The farm is a new endeavor by three young families and it shares space, both on the farm itself and at the market, with Takenoko Farms, which has chicken, duck, goat and pork along with chicken and duck eggs. It is operated by Jeff Kent , a young man who graduated a few years ago from Windsor High School.

Another new meat vendor that will be joining the market soon is Inland Ranch Organics of Redwood Valley in Mendocino County. In business for 23 years, this is the first time they’ll be attending a Sonoma County market. They have lamb, lamb sausage and eggs, all 100 percent organic.

Santa Rosa Seafood is a vendor here, too.

There are three cheese purveyors, Spring Hill Cheese and Achadinha Cheese, both of Petaluma, and Shamrock Artisan Goat Cheese of Willits.

Soda Rock Farm is currently selling plant starts, including a huge variety of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and basil.

Sonoma Spice Company, formerly known as Cook’s Spices, attends with an array of unique spice blends, all made with organic spices that owner Kimberley Cook procures from around the world. Cook also sells individual spices.

Physis Foods sells made-on-the-spot stocks and also serves as the market’s coffee vendor, with Bella Rosa Coffee. Last week, chef Jason Taylor , who owns Physis Foods, began offering stocks hot, by the cup, which is a perfect way to start your day, especially if you don’t drink coffee.

In addition to these vendors, you’ll find Capay Gold Olive Oil, The Hummus Guy, delicate cookies from Cookie . . . Take a Bite and more than a dozen other processed and prepared food vendors, along with ten arts and crafts vendors.


The Windsor Farmers Market, founded in 2001 and currently managed by Tina Castelli, takes place on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the east side of the Windsor Town Green from April through December. A second market day takes place on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. from June through August in the same location.

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