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Where is the market?

Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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When is the market open?

The market is open every Saturday and Wednesday, rain or shine, year-round.
Saturday hours: 8:30am – 1pm
Wednesday hours: 8:30am – 12 Noon

Thursday Summer Market July 12 -September 27  9am – 1 pm  1540 Guerneville Road The parking lot of the WIC Office.

There are two exceptions: We are closed when the market falls on Christmas or New Years Day.

What is a “Certified Farmers Market”?

This means that all the farmers have registered with the county Agricultural Commissioners office. They have specified exactly what they grow and where they grow it. They have paid a fee, and signed an agreement that allows a county agriculture official to inspect their farm to ensure that they are growing what they sell. The purpose of this is to protect the consumer against “peddling”, or purchasing produce from somewhere else, marking up the price and reselling it at a farmers market.

Are the farmers all organic?

No. Organic farmers are required to post a copy of their organic certification and you should ask about farming practices.

Do farmers use genetically modified seed?


The market requires all farmers must conspicuously label produce grown from GMO seed.

Learn more about genetically modified foods and seeds:

Food Democracy Now http://fooddemocracy.wordpress.com/2009/05/21/doctors-warn-avoid-genetically-modified-food/

Organic Consumers Association http://www.organicconsumers.org/corn/index.cfm

Thomas Whitman at Ecological Farming Association http://www.eco-farm.org/programs/ge/

What about products like bread and prepared foods?


Some prepared food vendors purchase some of their ingredients from market farmers.  We encourage, but do not require, prepared food vendors to list the sources for their ingredients.  Get to know your vendor and ask questions prior to purchasing prepared food.

What amenities does the market offer?


There are bathrooms and drinking fountains in Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.   There is free drinking water at the information booth.  There are portapotties located at the north end of the market.  There is live music on Saturdays and most Wednesdays. There are a variety of prepared food vendors and the market has chairs and tables for dining.

Is there free parking?


There is plenty of free parking for bikes and cars parking lot.

What Santa Rosa Bus stops closest to the market?


Sonoma County Transit has express service to Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Transit Unlimited has great information on bus routes from all over the area. Visit http://www.transitunlimited.org/Wells_Fargo_Center_for_the_Arts

Is the Market wheelchair/handicapped accessible?


Yes there are handicapped parking spaces available. All of the market is on level, asphalt surface, accessible to wheelchairs and items for assisted walking. Handicapped accessible bathrooms and drinking fountains are in Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.

Can I use credit or debit cards?


A few of the vendors have the ability to take credit/debit cards, but the preferred method of payment is cash.
There is a Wells Fargo ATM in the main lobby of Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.

How can I find a vendor?


Ask the market manager.at the information booth
* Information Booth – You will find emergency first aide, recipes, information about vendors, and a friendly person to answer your questions.

What is a senior buck?


Seniors shopping on Wednesday get a one dollar market buck good with any vendor.

Why can’t I smoke at the market or bring my dog?


The Sonoma County Department of Health prohibits smoking at farmers markets and only service dogs
are permitted.

Does the Market have a Lost & Found?


Yes . Please check at the information booth.

Does the market have school tours?


I’d like to bring my class. We love school tours.  We give the kids a $1.00 market buck to spend and provide snacks from the market. Contact the market manager

Does the market accept EBT/CAL FRESH and other programs?


The market supplies a CalFresh purchasing machine at the information booth*. All qualified vendors accept Cal Fresh and WIC Coupons.

Does the market have special events?


The market has a number of annual events:
Tomato Tasting in September
Gravenstein Apple Celebration in August
Earth Day Celebration in April – meet lots of farm animals brought by farmers and Forestville 4-H
SAVOR – Sonoma Alliance for Veggie Outreach Second Saturday of each month during high season – Revolution.  Cooking classes, kid’s events, focus on Cal Fresh recipients
Guest chefs – as often as possible during high season.
Clothing swaps – spring and summer.
Bike Day – Spring- coincides with bike week
California Rare Fruit Growers in the spring

How do I become farmers market vendor?


Please download a copy of the application and contact the market manager at either the Wednesday or Saturday market.

Is there a different application for craft vendors?


No. However, due to a very limited number of spaces designated to artisans all new artisans must be reviewed by a jury committee. Copies of the process are available from the market manager. If you are interested in being a craft vendor, please bring samples of your work to the market manager and pick up and application and jury process directions.