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: Devoto Gardens

It is mid-summer and apple season is upon is. Within a day or two, several apple farmers will begin picking the first apple to ripen, our beloved Gravenstein.  Stan DeVoto, who has farmed apples on Gold Ridge Rd. in west Sebastopol since 1976, expects to pick his first Gravensteins this [...]

By | July 24th, 2013|2 Comments

Theft at Honor-System Farm Stand

Our local farm stands take many shapes, from large commercial endeavors with full-time staff to tiny stands that sell eggs, flowers, fruit or vegetables on the honor system, with a lock-box or jar where customers leave money for what they take. I generally don't write about the smaller [...]

By | July 15th, 2013|0 Comments

Potato Salad Season

Potato Salad is the topic of today's Seasonal Pantry and the column, which you can read here, includes recipes for Sonoma County's most famous variation, Marshall House Potato Salad, along with Potato & Mussel Salad and Potato Salad with Grilled Steak & Radish Vinaigrette. Writing about potato salad is as [...]

By | July 3rd, 2013|4 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: West End Farmers Market Opens

Opening day at the West End Farmers Market offered an idyllic scene, as if I had just stumbled into an urban utopian novel. Couples lounged on well-tended grass next to the beautiful DeTurk Round Barn, eating lunch on porcelain plates as little girls in frilly dresses practiced somersaults [...]

By | June 28th, 2013|0 Comments

Barbecue Season. Really.

As promised in today's Seasonal Pantry, here's more information about grilling from the Seasonal Pantry's archives. Links to specific recipes will be posted soon and if you have a request, please post in the comment section and I'll do my best to get it for you. How to Build a [...]

By | June 26th, 2013|0 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Roots of Creation Farm

“We all know how to do this,” Brad Thompson of Roots of Creation Farm in Sebastopol says about growing food crops. “It is in our DNA.” Educating people about this, especially people his age--he’s 27--is one of the things he hopes to achieve with his new endeavor. “If you’re having [...]

By | June 24th, 2013|0 Comments

Updated: Wild Pacific King Salmon Recipes

For perfect wild king salmon that is juicy and tender, cook it slowly in a 225 degree oven. You'll get perfect results every time. And if you want to gild the lily, wrap each fillet in a rasher or two of partially cooked bacon first.

By | June 15th, 2013|10 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market Opens for 2013

Update: The Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market opened last Friday night and continues through the last Friday of October. It was an enormously successful opening. On Friday afternoon at 4 p.m., the Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market opens for its 2013 season, with many familiar vendors returning and a few new ones [...]

By | June 14th, 2013|3 Comments

Fresh From Our Farmers: Tusque Farms

Got bacon? It’s time for a BLT. The new Tusque Farms may be the first out of the gate with local tomatoes. They have just harvested their first Early Girls. The farm, located on five acres of The Kick Ranch in Rincon Valley, currently is harvesting Rainbow chard, Red Russian [...]

By | June 12th, 2013|0 Comments