Don’t miss this market — there is a lot going on.     There are over twenty Sonoma County farms selling produce at the market this Saturday.  That doesn’t include our mini-cheese trail or local fish and meat.   You won’t find a bigger and more diverse selection of local produce anywhere.

If you are looking for a great place to grab a meal — the market has amazing chefs (perfect for your next party)   Here’s a look at a few of our star chefs.

Free Cooking Demos with  Chef Jennifer Una is back with her popular cooking from the market   Recipes at the end of the vendors list

The market’s new and improved location means we can welcome more community groups.  This week :

Sonoma County Animal Shelter will bring puppies seeking a good home to market.

Sonoma County Council on Aging

Master Gardeners

International Hosting Exchange

Music:  The Rose Town Ramblers!

Returning to market this week:

Tusque Farms

Sebastopol Berry Farm

Nut-n-Other

Claudia Bruckert with her new book – A Roosters Tale (a year in the life of a clan of chickens)

Scott Wilson Pottery

Saturdays Vendors:

Armstrong Valley Farm

Beet Generation

Bellwether Farms

Bernier Farms

Bohemian Wellbeing Farm

Busalacchi Farm

Daffodils, Dahlias, Lilies Oh My!

EGB  Farms

Foggy River

Hectors Honey

John Fords Ranch

Kay’s Bo Kay’s

La Vida Buena Nursery

Laguna Farm

Ma & Pas Garden

Min-Hee Hill Gardens

My Wild Iris Rows

Natures Spirits Garden

Nut-n-Other

Offerings of the Land

Orchard Farms

Parsons Homegrown

Pepper Ranch

Salmon Creek Ranch

Sebastopol Berry Farm

Singing Frogs Farm

St. Rose Winery

Stokes Family Farm

The Black Sheep Farm

The Patch

Tusque Farm

Twin Peaks Orchard

Two Rock Valley Cheese

Weirauch Farm

Williams Ranch

Williamson Farm

X-oticals

Alma’s Oilclothes

Aroma Floral

Beach House Candles

Bumble Bee

CA Coops

Costeaux French Bakery

Dominique’s Sweets

Edgeworks Sharpening

Franco’s One World Sausage

Full Circle Bakery

Gaga Café

Gandolf’s Fine Chocolates

Gusto

Hilltop Honey

Hue de Laroque

Live A Lot

Local Spicery

Loraleis

Mama Baretta

Mi Fiesta Catering

Moonshadows

Not yer Mommas Granola

Oz Family Farm

Quillfully Yours

Raymond’s Bakery

Rogers Photo Art

Royal Hare

Run Around Brew

Scott Wilson Pottery

Sia Baskets

Sonoma Garden Design

Soulstice Spa

Stonehouse Olive Oil

Varda Rose

Vicki Kemp

Waterhorse Ridge

Willow Designs

Chef Henderson

Green Grocer

Guerilla Foods

Lata’s Indian Cuisine

Otis & Sadie’s Hot BBQ

Penang Kitchen

 

 

JUNE 2013 FARMER’S MARKET RECIPES

 

I recently picked up Deborah Madison’s new book, Vegetable Literacy. Best known for her restaurant, Greens, her many vegetarian cookbooks and her activism around bio- diversity, gardening and sustainable agriculture, she now brings us an encyclopedia of edible plants and herbs organized by their botanical families. Her book is laced with color photographs and lots of recipes from food traditions the world over. I thought I’d share a few I gleaned from its pages for this month’s offerings. I hope you find the ingredients and try them at home and keep encouraging our local farms to produce a diversity of crops to protect and honor the bounty of the plant kingdom in all its expressions.

 

THE CARROT FAMILY (umbellifers)

angelica, anise, asafetida, caraway, carrots, celery, celeriac, chervil, cilantro, cumin, dill,

fennel, hemlock, lovage, parsley, parsley root, parsnips, Queen Ann’s lace, wild carrot

 

 

Chilled Spicy Carrot Soup                                                        w/ Dill Flecked Yogurt Sauce

 

2 T. ghee, grapeseed or coconut oil                                           1 small clove of garlic

1 sweet onion, sliced                                                                 good salt

1 T. peeled and chopped ginger                                                1 cup yogurt

3 cups sliced carrots                                                                 ½ cup finely chopped dill

1 ½ tsp. ground cumin                                                              sumac

1 tsp. ground coriander

¼ tsp. tumeric

2 T. cilantro stems finely minced

5 ½ cups water or stock

good salt

juice of one lime

 

Warm the oil in a wide soup pot and add the onion, ginger, carrots, spices and cilantro stems. Stir to coat and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add water and 1 ½ t.

salt and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are quite soft, about 20 minutes.

 

Purée until very smooth in blender or with immersion blender. Cover and chill well. The flavors dullen with cold, so season with lime juice and more salt if needed just before serving.

 

To make sauce:

 

Pound the garlic in a mortar with ¼ tsp. salt until smooth. Stir in the yogurt and dill. Taste for salt. Swirl a spoonful of sauce in each serving of soup and add a pinch of sumac

to garnish.

 

THE SUNFLOWER FAMILY (composites)

artichokes, burdock, cardoons, chamomile, chicories, echinacea, endives, Jerusalem artichokes, lettuces, marigolds, milk thistles, safflower, salsify, sunflowers, tarragon

 

 

Sautéed Sunchokes with Rosemary and Smoked Salt

 

About 2 T. sunflower seed oil

1 pound Jerusalem artichokes, scrubbed and thinly sliced

good salt

2 T. minced fresh rosemary

smoked salt, for finishing

 

Heat the oil in a wide skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot and shimmering, add the sunchokes, season with several pinches of salt and the rosemary, and sauté, turning the slices frequently, until browned and crisped in places, 10 to 15 minutes. Turn them onto a plate and season with the smoked salt.

 

 

THE ONION FAMILY (alliums)

asparagus, onions, chives, cipollini, garlic, green onions, leeks, ramps, shallots, SCAPES

 

 

Garlic Scape and Walnut Pesto

 

12 garlic SCAPES, thinly sliced

¼ C. walnuts

¼ C. walnut or olive oil

¼ C. olive oil, as needed

good salt

Parmesan cheese (opt.)

freshly ground pepper

 

Put the scapes and walnuts in a food processor and pulse to break them up. With motor running, gradually pour in the walnut and olive oils until the mixture is smooth, ading more olive oil if needed for a good consistency. Add ½ tsp. salt, then the cheese, and pepper to taste. Spread on crostini, stir into soups, toss with pasta or potatoes.

 

If you don’t have electricity, mince fine and grind in a mortar and pestle!

 

 

REGARDING SCAPES:  The curvaceous green shoots that rise out of the base of hardneck varieties of garlic (cannot be braided) with a flower bud on the end. They are ususally cut off by farmers to save more of the plant’s energy for the bulbs.  Can be used in a sauté stir-fry, vegetable ragout, soups, pesto, etc. Garlicky! Find them, experiment.

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Thank goodness The Patch is back at the Wednesday Market.

Thank goodness The Patch is back at the Wednesday Market.

Wednesday is a good day to come to the market.  It’s not quite as crowded as the Saturday market.

It was jammed packed at EGB on Saturday --  try Wednesday

It was jammed packed at EGB on Saturday — try Wednesday

 

Wednesday Vendor List   It will be berry berry good.  Sebastopol Berry Farm is back raspberries, blackberries and blueberries

 

Hectors Honey

Bohemian Wellbeing Farm

Armstrong Valley Farm

Farm Sinclair

Parsons HomeGrown

EGB Farms

Dreamcatcher Ranch

The Patch

Beet Generation

Salmon Creek Ranch

Sebastopol Berry Farm

Full Circle Bakery

Gaga Cafe

Waterhorse Ridge

Comfort Zone

The Garden Wild

Willow Designs

Edgeworks Sharpening Service

Mi Fiesta Catering

Beach House Candles

Green Grocer

Penang Kitchen

Live Alot

Victoria Kemp

 

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Voting closes June 3rd, please vote for us in the So Sonoma Category for the best place to buy local produce.    Direct link to voting site.

We are the best place to buy Sonoma grown fruits and vegetables.  The largest and most diverse selection, year round, two days a week, rain or shine.   Please help us tell everyone about it.

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Canvas Ranch is back.  Twin Peaks is back.    The market is bursting with fruits and vegetables

Find your favorites easily with the map and guide.

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Manager’s Pick!

We have all the ingredients for a perfect Memorial Day parfait!   A tasty fruit, granola and yogurt parfait.

Bellwether Farms joins the market this Saturday and brings fresh sheep’s milk yogurt to the market.

Not Yer Momma’s has your dream granola because you add the extras yourself

Stokes Family Farm makes their annual appearance – they only grow big, beautiful, juicy blueberries.

Williamson of course has strawberries and so does Armstrong Valley Farm.  Be sure to check around – everyone seems to grow a different variety.

 

 

 

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Garlic Scapes from Min Hee Hill Gardens  they had 'em for dinner last night

Garlic Scapes from Min Hee Hill Gardens they had ‘em for dinner last night

Garlic scape, we definitely thought, “WTF is that?” These twisty, curly, bright green stems are also sometimes called garlic shoots, stems or spears. The garlic that we all know and love has separate cloves and papery skin. That stuff starts out as green garlic (or spring garlic), before it matures. The bulb and roots grow underground while a stem, leaves and scapes soak up sunshine up above.

Obviously, garlic is amazing for lots of reasons, but here’s our favorite one: the whole plant is edible. This includes the scapes, which are treats that come along each early summer in markets and CSAs. Garlic scapes taste (duh) like garlic, but a bright, fresh, verdant version of it. You can use them anywhere you’d use regular garlic.

“So,” a friend recently asked me, “is there any real reason I should buy garlic scapes instead of garlic?” Cooking with garlic scapes is like getting to have scallions that taste like garlic — so yes, go get some while they’re around!

From Serious Eats –7 things to do with garlic scapes

 

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Take the only walking- tour of the seasonal tastes of Sonoma County.  It’s entirely self-guided.  It happens every week.     If you are looking for Sonoma grown and prepared foods, the Saturday market is the place to be.   It is the largest and most diverse selection of produce grown in Sonoma County.    There is everything you are familiar with and things you’ve probably  never seen before.

Our farmers grow for flavor – not how well the vegetable or fruit ships.     Much of the produce is grown from heritage seeds.   The farmers can name names – it’s not just lettuce and you can find the perfect one for whatever recipe you are using.

All our ranchers together make up best butcher shop in Sonoma County.  As well as locally raised beef, lamb, pork and chicken, there is also goat, rabbit and duck.    Seafood at the market is seasonal and local.

The market is also home to a lot of great bakers.    Costeaux,Full Circle and Raymonds have  every bread you can think of…and a lot of sweet things too.   On the sweet side, Dominique and Crumb Hither have the pies ,cakes, some cookies too of all sizes and flavors.   Mama Baretta’s baked goods are gluten free.

Our cheese/dairy trail just got a little bigger.  Two Rock, aged goat cheeses and you got to try the brie, Weirauch Creamery, organic farmstead raw aged cow and sheep cheeses , and joining them this weekend is Bellwether Farms, a pioneer in the artisan cheese business and bringing yogurts, creme fraiche  “Our sheep’s milk yogurt is sweeter than goat’s milk, tastier than soy and richer than cow’s milk! Made with naturally homogenized sheep milk, our yogurt contains no antibiotics or growth hormones. For an added benefit, sheep milk could be the answer for those who are lactose intolerant. The highest quality milk deserves the highest quality fruit.”

There is music and local artisans and wonderful places to sit and enjoy the food of our great chefs.   We have the most amazing food court!   Are you part of that group where everyone wants to go a different place?  The market is the spot.  There is something for everyone.

Shopping for your own Memorial Day party is fun and easy at the market.

The first blue berries are here from Stokes Family Farm, and strawberries are popping up from lots of different farms. ….lots of varieties.

Manager’s pick for the week  The Granola Parfait  – farm fresh yogurt from Bellwether Farms, Granola from Not Your Mama’s and Blue Berries from Stokes Farm.

While we can’t claim EGB and DeSantis as Sonoma Grown, we can say say they are  from near-by and have wonderful and some unusual varieties of fruits and nuts.    Cherries, apricots, peaches and nectarines – they offer samples so you can find the variety that is perfect for you.  DeSantis has mulberries purple and white, green almonds,

 

 

 

 

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Vegan, raw unprocessed and is still tastes like a cracker

Vegan, raw unprocessed
and is still tastes like a cracker

The Wednesday market has everything you need to get a head start on Memorial Day party preparations.   Including a great place to take early-arriving guests for the great taste of Sonoma County.

We have a brand new member of the Wednesday marketeers, Live a lot Food.    This healthy snack is produced under the new “Cottage” laws in California and the first to participate at the market.   Come by say hi to Sara and try a sample.   Her crackers are vegan, unprocessed and raw.  And yet they taste like crackers.

Wednesdays line-up:

Edgeworks Sharpening Service  -Get on Art’s email remainder list just signup.

Penang Kitchen Malaysian Street Food really good street food

Green Grocer  Dishes straight from the market  – you can see the crew shopping

Bohemian Well Being Farm  – The best and most diverse display of cultivated and foraged mushrooms  Excellent selection of dried mushrooms and medicinal mushrooms

Farm Sinclair – Growing vegetables for taste not shipping qualities – heritage vegetables and the bacon avocado right now

Parsons HomeGrown  =great tasting tomatoes grown in Sonoma County

Armstrong Valley Farm  Great tasting carrots and in season now stawberries

EGB Farms  Kicking off the summer fruit season cherries, apricots and a few peaches and nectarines

The Patch  -Summer Squash, fresh onions , carrots, beets and more

Hectors Honey  Honey and seasonal vegetables and usually spaghetti squash

Dreamcatcher Ranch  Beef, pork, lam

Live ALot Food   Healthy snack crackers

Full Circle Bakery  Great breads

Waterhorse Ridge  Great Jams to go with the great bread from Full Circle breads

GaGa Cafe   Perfect cup of coffee and beans by the bag so you can make it at home

Salmon Creek Ranch  Duck, beef and goat

The Garden Wild    Handcrafted soaps and lotions from familiar garden plants

Willow Designs  Beautiful jewelry from recycled silverware and some functional art pieces as well

Comfort Zone  Pillows that can be heated or chilled for the aches and pains for over doing summer time activities

Local Spicery   Freshly milled spices in the quantities you need

 

 

 

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Find your favorite vendor ez-peazy with this great map of our new location in the North Parking Lot.

 

North Lot 5-18-13   Vendor Map

Highlighted are brand new to the market vendors

Vendor List

Hectors Honey

Min-Hee Hill Farm

EGB  Farms

Bohemian Wellbeing Farm

Armstrong Valley Farm

Farm Sinclair

Salmon Creek Ranch

My Wild Iris Rows

The Patch

Natures Spirits Garden

St Rose Winery

Kays Bo Kays

Williams Ranch

Singing Frogs Farm

Bernier Farms

Weirauch Farm & Creamery

Pepper Ranch

Offerings of the Land

La Vida Buena Nursery

X-oticals

John Ford Ranch

Daffodils, Dahlias & Lilies Oh My!

Branch & Brine

Orchard Farms

Ma & Pas Garden

DeSantis Farms

Two Rock Valley Cheese

Williamson Farm

The Black Sheep Farm

Parsons Homegrown

Laguna Farm

Bussalacchi Farm

Beet Generation Farm

Foggy River Farm

Full Circle Bakery

Gaga Cafe

Waterhorse Ridge

Local Spicery

Willow Designs

Raymonds Bakery

Mi Fiesta Catering

Edgeworks Sharpening Service

The Garden Wild

Gusto

Moonshadows

Gandolf’s Fine Chocolates

Dominique’s Sweets

Stonehouse Olive Oil

East West Gourmet Afghan Food

Alma’s Oilcloths

JF Pottery

Franco’s One World Sausage

Scott Wilson Pottery

Royal Hare

Hue de Laroque

Live A lot

Costeaux Bakery

Not yer Mommas Granola

Hilltop Honey

Sonoma Garden Design

Oz Farm

Aroma Floral

Loraleis Covers

Beach House Candles

Mama Baretta

Bumble Bee Seafood

Varda Rose

Rogers Photo Art

CA Coops

Chef Henderson

Green Grocer

Latas Indian Cuisine

Ultimate Souvlaki

Penang Kitchen

Guerilla Foods

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Don’t forget we are now in the North Parking Lot at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.

Might be rushing the season a bit. But it looks like summer at the Wednesday market.
EGB and The Patch are now back the Wednesday market.

The Patch is back and it’s summer squash-a-palooza.

Welcome to Sinclair Farm– heritage vegetables — everything has a name. Plus Bacon avocados grown locally. This avocado does well in cooler climates and is rather delicate

Wednesday Vendor List

Local Spicery freshly milled in the quantities you need

GaGa Cafe coffee by the cup or bag

Willow Design Wonderful jewelry designs and clever uses of old silverware

The Garden Wild Handcrafted soaps many from ingredients found at the market

Full Circle Bakery Amazing breads straight from the bakery – the garlic cheese is so good you have to buy two loaves so you get home with one

Water Horse Ridge Jams and condiments all locally sourced combinations to make your toast sing

Comfort Zone Pillows and more that can be heated or cooled good for when you’ve over-done it.

Min-Hee Hill Gardens Lettuces of all kinds and many heirloom varieties of greens. Vegetable and herb starts including tomato plants

Armstrong Valley Farm Local citrus, asparagus, flowering kale and iceberg lettuce an eclectic mix of produce, fruit and eggs.

Hector’s Honey Honey and Bees Wax Products, eggs, garlic,potatoes, spaghetti squash, chili peppers

Bohemian Wellbeing Farm Mushrooms cultivated, foraged, fresh and dried

The Dreamcatcher Catcher Ranch Ask about their meat CSA especially their breakfast box

Green Grocer The food they make at the market is amazing did you know you can buy the cured pork products to take home

Penang Kitchen On Wednesday only they have potato curry. Don’t miss it. Seriously.

Mi Fiesta Still the best fast food! You can’t beat the tamale but for something a little more substantial and almost as fast – they have a single serving (generous) plate that is easy to heat. Proving you don’t have to give up taste for convenience.

Parsons Homegrown the tastiest tomato you can get this time of year and grown less then three miles from Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

The Patch Great selection of seasonal vegetables right now squash-apalooza. But of course there is more

Farm Sinclair Farms in Guerneville! You bet. Lee growing heritage vegetables taste is the most important factor –not how well it ships! Lee also has Sonoma grown avocados. Did you know avocados freeze well!

EGB amazing cherries, apricots, nectarines and even a peach or two.

1st and 3rd Wednesday Salmon Creek Ranch and Edgeworks Knife Sharpening

All of this is Sonoma grown produce and available at the Wednesday market

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