Every year, the market joins with Slow Food Russian River to honor the Gravenstein Apple.    It’s a party with a purpose.    Slow Food Russian River was also a factor in bringing back the Bodega Red Potato.   Thank you Slow Food Russian River for bringing back food – where the most important factor is that it tastes good.

This Saturday August 24 is going to be a great market.  Chef Una demonstrating apple recipes, activities for kids, and apple tastings.

Tomorrow is the Gravenstein Apple Celebration!

Food Demo by Jennifer Una

Apple Juicing by the Gravenstein Apple Committee

Balloon Animals by Pop the Clown

Live Music and FUN!!

Tomorrow is the end of the season for Branch & Brine

Sonoma Woodworks will be here!!

Here is the line-up!

Agricultural

Armstrong Valley Farm

Beet Generation Farm

Bellwether Farms

Bernier Farms

Bohemian Wellbeing Farm

Branch & Brine

Canvas Ranch

Daffodils’, Dahlias, Lilies Oh My

Dry Creek Peach

EGB  Farms

First Light Farm

Foggy River

G&S Farm

Hectors Honey

John Fords Ranch

Karlonas Farms

Kays Bo Kays

Laguna Farm

Leap Frog Greens

Ma & Pas Garden

Min-Hee Hill Gardens

My Wild Iris Rows

Natures Spirits Garden

Neve Roses ll

New Family Farm

Offerings of the Land

Orchard Farms

Owen Family Farm

Oz Family Farm

Pepper Ranch

Ridgeview Farm

Salmon Creek Ranch

Sebastopol Berry Farm

Singing Frogs Farm

St. Benoit Creamery

The Black Sheep Farm

The Patch

Tusque Farms

Twin Palms Farm

Two Rock Valley Cheese

Walkers Apples

Weirauch Farm & Creamery

Williams Ranch

Williamson Farm

Prepared Foods

Chef Henderson Catering

Green Grocer

Guerilla Foods

Lata’s Indian Cuisine

Penang Kitchen

Non-Agricultural

Aroma Floral Designs

Bumble Bee Seafood

California Coops

Costeaux French Bakery

Damselfly Designs

Dominique’s Sweets

Earth Temple

East West Gourmet

Edgeworks Sharpening Services

Franco’s One World Sausage

Full Circle Bakery

Gaga Café

Gandolf’s Fine Chocolates

Grizzly Bear Sweets

Hilltop Honey

Home Maid Ravioli

Leon Day Condiments

Mama Baretta

Mi Fiesta Catering

Not yer Mommas Granola

Nourish

Philisophers Stoneground

Poppies

Pure Puer Tea

Raymond’s Bakery

Royale Hare

Run Around Brew

Sia Baskets

Sonoma Garden Design

Sonoma Woodworks

Starting from Scratch

The Beet Generation Juice

The Garden Wild

Threads of Time

Vicki Kemp

Waterhorse Ridge

Willow Designs

 

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It’s Labor Day – the unofficial start of fall — but summer still reigns at the markets.

Wednesday is the perfect time to kick off the Labor Day holiday.  Ok it’s a little early but not too early to do your shopping.  The Wednesday market has everything you need for your Labor Day holiday.   Great cheeses, breads, eggs, produce, and meat.   If it’s convenience you are looking for – great prepared foods too.    This week, Starting from Scratch is coming with their wonderful cupcakes but at the Wednesday market they will also have mini-quiches and other breakfast items.   Wednesday market — 8:30 -noon  At Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Thursday is the tiny but big market at the WIC offices (opposite the west end of Coddingtown Mall).  It is the best of the seasonal fruits and produce.   A great place for easy in and out and to pick up some cases of fruit and vegetables for preserving.   9-1pm

Saturday is the ginormous market.  If it grows in Sonoma County, you can get it at the Saturday market.   It’s the perfect place to kick off your weekend.  This week we join with Slow Foods Russian River to  Honor the Gravenstein Apple.   Tastings and activities for kids.  It is always lots of fun.   The market is located at the gateway to wine country.    There are some great wineries within a mile of the market.  It’s also a great time to check out the art galleries in Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.  Many local artists are featured.

 

 

 

 

 

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Beautiful and so good Strawberries from Armstrong Valley Farm

Beautiful and so good
Strawberries from Armstrong Valley Farm

 

The Wednesday market is the only time you will find Pennyroyal Farm Cheeses at the market.  They recently won a blue ribbon for their blue cheese.   It is perfect with pears, apple, figs and so much more.

The Dreamcatcher Ranch is another Wednesday only vendor.   Great tasting humanely raised meat.  It’s all good but the pork products are especially good.

Body Balance Massage is new to the Wednesday market — all that was needed for the market to be the perfect spot for a mid-week pick me up.

A great selection of Sonoma grown fruit and vegetables not too mention eggs, mushrooms, cheese, vinegers – you can even get a bottle of wine from Navarro Vineyards

Of course, Gaga Cafe is here with the best coffee (and you can buy the beans to take home.)  Great prepared foods from Green Grocer, Penang Kitchen and Mi Fiesta

 

Hectors Honey

Armstrong Valley Farm

EGB Farm

The Patch

Sebastopol Berry Farm

Min-Hee Hill Gardens

Penny Royal Farm

Ridgeview Farm

The Beet Generation

Farm Sinclair

Bohemian Wellbeing Farm

Leap Frog Greens

Dreamcatcher Ranch

Full Circle Bakery

Gaga Cafe

The Garden Wild

Willow Designs

Comfort Zone

Quillfully Yours

Mi Fiesta Catering

Body Balance Massage

Green Grocer

Penang Kitchen

 

 

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Every year Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market celebrates the Gravenstein Apple.   This year the August 24th party includes tastings, fresh pressed apple juice, crafts for kids and lively music.

Lee Walker brings Gravensteins and thirty other varieties of apple to the Santa Rosa Original Certified Market each.   His efforts are written up in this wonderful LA Times article

“Today only one commercial shipper of fresh Gravensteins remains in Sebastopol, 80-year-old Lee Walker. As he related on a recent visit to his orchard, his ancestor Joseph Walker discovered Yosemite Valley in 1833, a little more than a decade after Russian settlers introduced the Gravenstein to Fort Ross, on the Sonoma coast. Joseph’s brother settled in Sebastopol about 1850 and raised cattle and apples on 7,000 acres. A neighbor named Griffeth established the first real Gravenstein orchard in the 1880s, and in 1910, Lee Walker’s maternal grandfather planted the Gravensteins on the home ranch where we strolled.

Lee and his son now farm 50 acres of apples, about half of them Gravensteins, which are easy to spot because the trees are huge. Partly because it’s a triploid, with three sets of chromosomes instead of the usual two, Gravenstein trees on seedling rootstock grow 20 feet high or more, too tall for convenient access — one of several quirks that caused the variety’s decline, despite its excellent flavor and versatility. ” read more

The fresh pressed apple juice is provided by Slow Food Russian River

“…if the Gravenstein could be had throughout the year, no other apple need be grown.”

                                                                                          – Luther Burbank, renown horticulturist

by Michael Elinson

The storied history of the Gravenstein apple has all the elements of a great read – discovered along the Denmark border in 1669 as a chance seedling, introduced by German immigrants to North America in 1790, then brought to Northern California by Russian fur traders in the 1800s.

By the early 1900s, thousands of Gravenstein orchards were established and the apple had become the heart of a major industry in Sonoma County as dryers, canners, apple cider and apple brandy producers took advantage of its suitability for processing. During World War II, American soldiers abroad were provided with applesauce and dried apples produced from Gravensteins grown in Sebastopol, turning the apple into an icon for the town.

Gravensteins ripen in late July – making it one of the first apples in North America ready for market. The Grav is a squat, irregularly-shaped apple with a short stem that comes in a variety of colors; most commonly, though, with a greenish yellow background covered with broad red stripes. With a crisp and juicy texture, full of old-fashioned, sweet and tart flavor, it’s widely-regarded as the best all-purpose apple for sauce, pies and crisps; naturally delicious plucked ripe from the tree and eaten fresh as nature intended.

Like any page turner, our story unfolds to embody elements of vulnerability and adversity.

The staggered ripening of fruit presents a challenge for picking during a brief harvest season; and once harvested, Gravs are extremely delicate and highly-perishable – they do not travel well, nor keep their integrity for long. The fruit is losing market share due to an alarming loss of land, as orchards are being converted to vineyards. During the past six decades, Sonoma County’s Gravenstein orchards have declined by nearly 7,000 acres, currently down to about 500…and counting!  When you add to this scenario the economic realities of apple growing – pound for pound Pinot Noir grapes fetch four times the market price – it’s easy to understand why the survival of the Gravenstein apple is in jeopardy. Adding insult to injury, growers say a huge part of the demise of the Gravs and the USA apple market, in general, is the flooding of our country with apple juice concentrate from China used to make cheap juice drinks for the masses.

Some of the apple orchards grow on land that been the property of apple farming families for generations while others are operated by tenant farmers. These farmers rely on the support of landowners who who could sell their land for grape production but have decided that the area’s apple tradition is more important than personal financial gain. Only a dozen commercial growers and two commercial processors remain in Sonoma County. Production is now only a tiny fraction of its historic high levels, and continues to diminish as small farmers struggle to market their heirloom fruit.

If this were a novel? it would be nothing short of a tragedy. But you can take heart, Dear Reader, for the last chapter has not yet been written!

For close to 10 years, a small cadre of true believers have sought to slow the erosion of Gravenstein apple orchard production. Under the auspices of the aptly-named Slow Food Russian River Convivium, a regional chapter of Slow Food USA, the Save the Gravensteins Presidium – nicknamed The Apple Core – works to promote and protect farmers who nurture their apples from tree to table. Inherent in this mission is a mandate to create and propagate a lively demand for this true delicacy through ongoing educational efforts and seasonal awareness campaigns.

FAQ: What can I do to help preserve the Gravenstein apple for generations to come?

Answer: Seek out Gravensteins at roadside stands! Ask for Gravensteins by name at your local market. Plant a Gravenstein apple tree (or three) in your backyard. Visit our local farmer’s markets this month to taste freshly-pressed Gravenstein apple juice. Support educational programs about Sonoma County’s heritage apples in your schools. Bake a Gravenstein apple pie or crisp with your children. Take a bite out of one today. Slow down and enjoy life!

To volunteer or make a donation: info@slowfoodrr.org

Source material provided by Slow Food Russian River, Cittaslow Sebastopol and The Apple Core.

 

 

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Watercress and shiso right next to the Beautiful bouquets at Kay's Bokays

Watercress and shiso right next to the Beautiful bouquets at Kay’s Bokays

Mid August might be the best time  of the  year to be in Sonoma County.    Everything is in season.   Many vendors have case prices on peaches, tomatoes and cucumbers.

 

Agricultural

Armstrong Valley Farm

Beet Generation Farm

Bellwether Farm

Bernier Farms

Bohemian Wellbeing Farm

Branch & Brine

Canvas Ranch

Daffodils, Dahlias, Lilies Oh My!

Dry Creek Peach

EGB  Farms

First Light Farm

Foggy River Farm

G&S Farms

Hectors Honey

John Ford Ranch

Kay’s Bo Kay’s

Laguna Farm

Leap Frog Greens

Ma & Pa’s Garden

Min-Hee Hill Gardens

My Wild Iris RowsNatures Spirits Garden

Neve Roses ll

New Family Farm

Offerings of the Land

Oz Family Farm

Pepper Ranch

Ridgeview Farm

Saint Benoit Creamery

Salmon Creek Ranch

Sebastopol Berry Farm

Singing Frogs Farm

The Black Sheep Farm

The Patch

Tusque Farms

Twin Peaks Orchard

Two Rock Valley Cheese

Walkers Apples

Weirauch Farm & Creamery

Williams Ranch

Williamson Farm

Prepared Foods

Chef Henderson Catering

Guerilla Foods

Lata’s Indian Cuisine

Green Grocer

Penang Kitchen

Per le Stelle

Non-Agricultural

Alma’s Oilcloths

Architectural Ceramic Designs

Bumble Bee

California Coops

Carol’s Creations

Costeaux French Bakery

Dominique’s Sweets

Earth Temple

East West Gourmet

Edgeworks Sharpening Service

Franco’s One World Sausage

Full Circle Bakery

Gaga Café

Gandolf’s Fine Chocolates

Hilltop Honey

Home Maid Ravioli

Hue de Laroque

JF Pottery

Leon Day Condiments

Local Spicery

Mama Baretta

Mi Fiesta Catering

Not yer Mommas Granola

Nourish

Peggy Parr Pottery

Philosophers’ Stoneground

Poppies

Pure Puer Tea

Quillfully Yours

Raymond’s Bakery

Rogers Photo Art

Royale Hare

Run Around Brew

Sia Baskets

Sock Monkey Village

Sonoma Garden Design

Stonehouse Olive Oil

The Beet Generation Juice

Waterhorse Ridge

Willow Designs

 

 

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This week:

Chef Jennifer Una demonstrates seasonal cooking.     Recipes include: grated apple slaw, mixed melon gazpacho,  summer squash and padron skewers, peaches and cream parfait with stewed rhubarb.

Per le Stelle brings amazing paella to the market

Vendor List

Agricultural
Armstrong Valley Farm
Beet Generation Farm
Bellwether Farm
Bernier Farms
Bohemian Wellbeing Farm
Bruno’s Red Wine Vinegar
Canvas Ranch
Daffodils, Dahlias, Lilies Oh My!
EGB  Farms
Foggy River Farm
G&S Farms
Hectors Honey
Kays Bo Kays
Laguna Farm
Leap Frog Greens
Ma & Pas Garden
Min-Hee Hill Gardens
Natures Spirits Garden
Neve Roses II
New Family Farm
Oasis Date Garden
Offerings of the Land
Owen Family Farm
Pepper Ranch
Salmon Creek Ranch
Sebastopol Berry Farm
Singing Frogs Farm
The Patch
Tusque Farms
Twin Peaks Orchard
Two Rock Valley Cheese
Walkers Apples
Weirauch Ranch
Williams Ranch
Williamson Farm
X-oticals

Prepared Foods
Chef Henderson
Green Grocer
Guerilla Foods
Otis & Sadies Hot Barbecue
Penang Kitchen

Non-Agricultural
Bumble Bee
Carol’s Creations
Cultural Elements
Damselfly Designs
Dominique’s Sweets
East West Gourmet
Edgeworks Sharpening Service
Franco’s One World Sausage
Full Circle Bakery
Gaga Café
Gandolf’s Fine Chocolates
Grizzly Bear Sweets
Hilltop Honey
Home Maid Ravioli
Leon Day Condiments
Mama Baretta
Mi Fiesta Catering
My Comfort Zone
Not yer Mommas Granola
Nourish
Philosophers Stoneground
Poppies
Raymond’s Bakery
Royale Hare
Run Around Brew
Silk Winds
Sonoma Garden Design
Stonehouse Olive Oil
The Garden Wild
Threads of Time
Vicki Kemp
Waterhorse Ridge
Willow Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ridgeview Farm is only at the Wednesday market.  If they were the only vendor it would be worth coming.     Known for the beautiful seasonal bouquets – right now Zinnias, they also have corn, melons, lettuces, french breakfast radishes.   Many heirloom varieties , always picked the peak of flavor.

Penny Royal Farm/Navarro Winery is another Wednesday only vendor.   They have a wide variety of vinegars, ver jus , wine and cheeses.  Their blue cheese is wonderful.

Bohemian Wellbeing Farm has the best selection of cultivated and foraged mushrooms any day of the week.    Full Circle Bakery has great breads and pastries.  Waterhorse Ridge has jams, jellies, condiments and other preserved fruit.   You can find a plain strawberry or grape jelly but it’s the combinations of flavors that will intrigue your palate.   Savory jars of things too — not too mention salsa that are downright hot.

Gaga Cafe and the Green Grocer are here for a great cup of coffee and one of the greatest BLT’s of all time — and that’s even when tomatoes are out of season.  Now they are beyond wonderful.

Hectors Honey

Armstrong Valley Farm

EGB Farm

The Patch

Sebastopol Berry Farm

Min-Hee Hill Gardens

Penny Royal Farm/Navarro Vineyards

Ridgeview Farm

Beet Generation Farm

Bohemian Wellbeing Farm

Leap Frog Greens

Dreamcatcher Ranch

Full Circle Bakery

Gaga Cafe

Waterhorse Ridge

My Comfort Zone

Viki Kemp

The Garden Wild

Cultural Element

Mi Fiesta Catering

Green Grocer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dry Creek Peach   will be at market tomorrow!

 Sonoma Woodworks will also be at market tomorrow!

La Vida Buena Nursery is back from maternity leave!

Over the last few months,  there are a  lot of new and returning vendor – marked with an *  – check them out

Arsmstrong Valley Farm
Beet Generation  – they are juicing
Bellwether Farm *

Bernier Farms

Bohemian Wellbeing Farm

Canvas Ranch

Dry Creek Peach  *

EGB  Farms

First Light Farm

Foggy River Farm

G&S Farms   *   Corn

Hectors Honey

John Ford Ranch

Kays Bo Kays

La Vida Buena Nursery

Laguna Farm

Leap Frog Greens * micro greens

Ma & Pas Garden

Min-Hee Hill Gardens

Napa Valley Botanicals * culinary and medicinal herb plants

Natures Spirits Garden

Neve Roses ll * market bunches and mixed bouquets

New Family Farm

Offerings of the Land

Oz Family Farm

Pepper Ranch

Saint Benoit Creamery  * Milk and yogurt

Salmon Creek Ranch

Sebastopol Berry Farm

Singing Frogs Farm

The Black Sheep Farm

The Patch

Tusque Farms

Twin Peaks Orchard

Two Rock Valley Cheese

Walkers Apples  *

Weirauch Ranch

Williams Ranch

Williamson Farm

X-oticals

Prepared Foods

Chef Henderson Catering

Green Grocer

Guerilla Foods

Lata’s Indian Cuisine

Otis & Sadies Hot Barbecue

Non-Agricultural

Architectural Ceramic Designs  *

Aroma Floral

Bumble Bee

California Coops

Carols Creations   * Fused glass beautiful designs

Costeaux French Bakery

Damselfly Designs

Dominique’s Sweets

Earth Temple

East West Gourmet

Edgeworks Sharpening Services

Franco’s One World Sausage

Full Circle Bakery

Gaga Café

Gandolf’s Fine Chocolates

Grizzly Bear Sweets * 4 kinds of toffee

Hilltop Honey

Hue de Laroque

Leon Day Condiments

Local Spicery

Mama Baretta

Mi Fiesta Catering

Not yer Mommas Granola

Nourish  *  Juices cup or quart

Philisophers Stoneground  * Almond butter

Poppies * frozen treats on a stick

Pure Puer Tea *

Quillfully Yours  *  beautiful handmade cars

Raymond’s Bakery

Royale Hare

Run Around Brew

Scott Wilson Pottery

Sia Baskets

Sonoma Garden Design

Sonoma Woodworks

Starting from Scratch  * cupcakes

Stonehouse Olive Oil

Vicki Kemp

Waterhorse Ridge

Willow Designs

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Aug

01

2013

The Thursday Market

 

The Thursday market is open 9- 1pm

Conveniently located at 1450 Guerneville Road  (Across from the side door at Penny’s Coddingtown)  WIC Office Parking Lot

This special summer market is filled with the wonderful seasonal fruits and vegetables.    It’s a great quck-stop for everything you need for a seasonal meal.

 

 

 

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