Jul

29

2009

Local tomatoes are here!








The Wednesday Market was a tomato festival and the season is expected to last through September. Tomatoes grown practically in Santa Rosa are ripe and ready. Cresent Moon Farm and Redwood Empire Farm are growing organic tomatoes just outside the Santa Rosa City limits. Triple T Ranch another Santa Rosa Farm also has organic tomatoes.

Bernier Farms, Rhodes Family Farm and even the Lambert’s Apples all have tomatoes ripened on the vine.

By far the biggest display and the most varieties come from the Patch located in Sonoma. The Patch has thousands of producing tomato plants of every possible variety.

The Wednesday market offers a great opportunity to talk to the vendors and find the perfect tomato for you. Do you like them sweet or with more acidity? Your perfect tomato is at the Santa Rosa Farmers Market

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Jul

27

2009

Saturday July 25th



The Santa Rosa Farmers Market welcomes Canvas Ranch and Valley Ford Cheese to the Saturday market.

Friends of the Santa Rosa Library brought their traveling book store to the market.

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Parking at the Veterans Building is still free to market patrons.

Come early to avoid fair traffic.

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Jul

25

2009

Saturday Market in the Press Democrat

Photographer Mark Arnoff has a wonderful photo essay on the baskets people bring to the Farmers Market.

Learn more about why neither paper or plastic is the answer. The best habit is the reusable bag or basket. Eatingwell has an excellent story an the environmental impact of picking disposable over reusable bags.

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Hector Alvarez
is featured in Wednesday’s Press Democrat

By DIANE PETERSON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT read more

“Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 20, 2009 at 3:19 p.m.

Editor’s Note: Hector Alvarez is the first of four local purveyors who will be profiled in this “Faces of the Farmers Market” series, which will run through the harvest season.

Hector Alvarez of Hector’s Honey Farm in Santa Rosa is a constant presence at farmers markets throughout Sonoma County, where he and his family sell high-quality honey and beeswax candles, fresh eggs and vegetables.”

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Seasonal Saturday Market Certified Organic

from the Bohemian
Robert Stogner
Nelsen Ranch

Biggest Hit: “Potatoes. I grow 22 varieties including Purple Peruvian, Yukon, German, Butter Ball and Swedish Peanut, which is a fingerling peanut-shaped potato. I also grow an acre of popcorn, and two acres of winter squash.”

First Pick Up Your Instrument? “Grandma planted a garden in five-gallon buckets. My grandpa was a miner in Sierra County, and the soil was too rocky to plant in. I helped my grandma grow tomatoes, cucumbers and lemon cucumbers. It was the first time I had ever seen a lemon cucumber.”

Worst Review: “None so far, except weeds. And gophers!”

Biggest Surprise: “That’s a good one. I’m never surprised. I guess off-the-wall garlic. An old guy in Occidental gave me some garlic, including Blue Ukrainian and Pink Music. I started with three heads and ended up with 10 pounds each.” (The interview is interrupted by a woman asking, “How do you plant them?” Stogner answers, “Just shove ’em in the ground.”)

Best Acoustic Performance: “Red Torpedo onions. I love ’em, I love ’em.” He laughs. “Try ’em. You’ll love ’em. They even taste good on an onion sandwich!”

Nelsen Ranch, P.O. Box 22, Tomales. 707.762.1562. —S.D.

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Jul

21

2009

Dry Creek Peaches


Seasonal Saturday Market

DRY CREEK Certified Organic
PEACH & PRODUCE
2179 Yoakim Bridge
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Dry Creek’s web site offers wonderful recipes but a lot of their peaches get eaten as people walk away from the stand.

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Jul

21

2009

Wednesday Market Welcomes the Dog House

Looking for a “dog” with snap? The all beef natural casing hot dogs at the Dog House are the real deal! They have an excellent polish as well.

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Jul

15

2009

Welcome to the Market


The Saturday Santa Rosa Farmers Market Welcomes Nelsen Ranch growers of organic potatoes, onions, and garlic and Jim Cabral and Family Orchards -almonds and flavored almonds

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From a June 3rd post at Chowhound

“Lastly, I’ve got to give a shout out
to this market’s managers, whoever they are, for the high quality of live music presented here. I really enjoyed the jazzy brass ensemble last weekend and the bands on other Saturdays. And, if Jim Leff’s looking in, I think he’d be pleased to see musicians under the age of 40 improvising and swinging.” This poster is talking about the Jungle Love Orchestra

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