Oct

27

2011

Dia de los Muertos



The Bohemian has a wonderful article about Dia de los Muertos with recipes and a calendar of events in Sonoma County.

This Saturday you can pick up molds to make your own sugar skulls, or get them ready made. Or you might prefer the completely edible chocolate skulls from Gandolf’s Fine Chocolates. Whether you are old school or new school, the market is the place to pick the perfect items for your ofrenda.

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Oct

24

2011

October 24 Food Day

The Center for Science in the Public Interest wants to inspire you to make sure everyone has access to delicious, healthy, and affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.

One of the ways to inspire people has to recognize people and organizations in the community who are working for these goals.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors recognized the partnership of SAVOR (Sonoma Alliance for Veggie Outreach Revolution) and the Santa Rosa’s Original Certified Farmers Market. Together working to increase access to healthy food for low income communities

One of the easiest and best ways to support the local economy and improve your own diet is to shop at farmers markets.

FoodDay.org is a good place to start and see what others are up to.

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Some pumpkin patches may be larger but there is no bigger selection. Almost every vendor has pumpkins — all sizes, shapes and colors. Not too mention gourds, squashes and other edible decorations.

Our bakers and food vendors all have a special take on Fall. They are taking pie orders for the holidays.

This is still the anything goes season. Still wishing for summer? Hot and sweet peppers, tomatoes ask vendors about sauce tomato specials,melons, cucumbers, figs, and sweet corn. Switch seasonal gears, harvesting our chard,kale, collard greens, carrots, broccoli, broccoli rabe,cauliflower,potatoes, garlic, onions.

Not too mention raspberries, apples, lettuces, green beans, and eggplant.

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Oct

20

2011

Pomologists in the house



Pomology is the science of growing apples. Sonoma County isn’t just the home to Gravensteins. This is apple season.Come to market any Saturday and visit any of our resident pomologists.

Bella Ridge, Lamberts Apples, Walker Ranch and Mariapple Farm are apple specialists.
Many of the other vendors have apples as well. Sonoma County was once covered in orchards and many stands of antiques trees survive.

On Wednesday Ridgeview Farm is at the market and they have the most beautiful apples and pears -many unique varieties. Pictured a few of the apple selections from Ridgeview

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Oct

20

2011

Clothing Swap Saturday October 22

A Ritual For Changing Seasons or Anytime!

Bring your stuff and get some new stuff!

A clothing swap is a fun, ecological way to get new-to-you clothes and give away unwanted items. Yes, the term swap is a somewhat of a misnomer, but that is how it was introduced in the early 80’s, and the name stuck. LITE co-founder Portia Sinnott has organized one or more swaps per year since 1985 and has saved tens of thousands of dollars – for herself and thousands of other people. (i.e., $500 per year x 25 years x 1 person > $12,500.)

Often magical events, swaps help ease tight budgets and allows you to take home items you would never dream of trying on let alone buying. Swaps also helps spread the wealth, raises awareness about reuse and reduces the amount being landfilled.

Learn more about clothing swaps and other Living Lite initiatives

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Oct

20

2011

Carson’s Catch


Carson’s Catch offers wild salmon and cod from Alaska’s Bristol Bay

Saturday Jen Larson and Carson Hunter
Carson’s Catch
321-431-6646
P.O. Box 750642 Petaluma California
Carson Hunter

Follow Carson’s Catch on Facebook

My husband bought a piece of ‘Carson’s Catch’ smoked salmon. He said, “this is the best tasting smoked salmon I’ve ever eaten; moist without being too ‘wet’, flavorful but not overwhelming . . . a perfect balance.”
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Oct

17

2011

Favorite Fall Holiday







Whatever you favorite fall holiday is..get everything you need at the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market – Wednesday and Saturday.

Lots of cool stuff for Halloween. Even possible costumes! The market is having a clothing swap Saturday October 22. Who knows who you could be? Or do some fall cleaning and get rid of your gently worn clothes.

If The Day of Dead is your holiday of choice – check out the candy skulls at Gandolph’s. This is new school day of the dead decorations – these are skulls you will want to eat.

Willow Design has great holiday theme aprons and jewelry.

Market bakers have fall holiday cookies, cakes and pies..and speaking of pies, Dominique and Flour Creations are now taking orders for holiday pies.

No matter what you want to do with that pumpkin or squash – there is one for you.
Almost every vendor has some kind of squash or pumpkin.

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Bella Ridge is a small farm specializing in apples and pears. They grow a variety of berries, other fruit and a wide range of vegetables. Certified organic by CCOF.

Follow Bella Ridge Farm on Facebook

Saturday Market Seasonal
Ted Richardson 707-874-2816 trich@sonic.net

Occidental Farmers Market Friday evening

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Oct

13

2011

Fuyu Persimmons

Persimmons – It’s really fall now

Try just munching one! It is crisp like an apple, sweet like a pear. Wash the Fuyu. Some like to peel the fruit.

A Fuyu persimmon is nutritious. It is high in Vitamins A & C. A medium sized fruit has no fat but does have about 25 grams of sugar.
Some favorite ways to enjoy the Fuyu!

Slice Fuyu and spread with lime juice, salt, and chili powder. Eat with a slice of cheese or spread with peanut butter.

For an Autumn Salad, mix cubed Fuyu with grapes, pomegrante seeds, cubed apple, and pretty sliced green kiwi.

Top hot or cold cereal with little pieces of bright orange Fuyu.

Salsa is great when chopped Fuyu, onion, tomatillo, cilantro, and chili serrano are mixed together.

Smoothies can be blended using Fuyu, ice, lime juice, and milk. Sweeten if desired.

Syrup for hotcakes is delightful when peeled and chopped or blended Fuyu is cooked with butter and sugar.

Dehydrate thin slices of Fuyu to enjoy as a snack or to add to trail mix.
Fuyu Bundt Cake

An outstanding cake published some years ago in Sunset magazine.

Grease and flour a bundt cake pan. Preheat oven to 350.

Blend 2 tsp. baking soda into 3 cups of chopped firm Fuyus. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup soft butter with 1 2/3 cups sugar. Add 2 eggs, 2 tsp. lemon juice, and 2 tsp. vanilla and beat until fluffy. Stir in Fuyu mix.

Sift together 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. ground cloves, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp. nutmeg. Stir flour into Fuyu mixture just until blended. Add 1 cup chopped walnuts and 3/4 cup raisins.

Pour into prepared bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 55 – 60 minutes or until toothpick tests clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Turn onto rack.

Persimmons from DeSantis Farms

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The Wednesday market is full of peppers pomegranates pumpkins and lots of goodies for your Halloween desires.Pictured Peppers from Triple T , Flowers from Ridgeview Farm, Halloween Apron from Willow Designspomegranates from DeSantis Farm (ask them for cocktail recipes)

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