What’s Shakin’ Bacon

The Wednesday market is an easy in and out market. The parking is free and never crowded. Vendors include Santa Rosa Seafood – not only fresh, local seafood but also some prepared items crab cioppino, tuna salad with wasabe hmmm good.
Run Around Brew features coffee drinks and fresh pasties. Homemade Pantry has granola and you can sample the flavors with a granola shot or have a granola parfait. Homemade also features salad dressings and spice mixes. Triple T has organic produce and a variety of eggs -duck to quail!

Dreamcatcher is a local meat producer with a range of pork, beef and lamb items.Great bacon. They are customer service oriented. For example, Dreamcatcher now carries bulk sausage at the request of a customer. They also carry buffalo and goat.

Mateo Granados is at the Wednesday market — Let’s do lunch with Mateo!

Many of your favorite vendors are here on Wednesday and it is a chance to get to know them when it is less crowded and people have time to chat. Wednesday regulars include:
Hector’s Honey, Willow Designs, Just Like Grandma’s,Ortiz Brothers, Armstrong Valley Farm, DeSantis Bella Fruta!,Full Circle Bakery and The Hummus Guy and locally foraged and grown specialty mushrooms. Nature’s Spirit features unusual sprouts and baby greens.





The Beet Goes On….

The market is collecting recipes to publish a cookbook in for the 2011 Holiday season.

The recipes will feature the products sold at the market. Please share a favorite recipe and a picture if possible.

You may give your recipe to Amy at the Saturday market and in return she will give you 3 market bucks. Amy is at the information booth.

This week’s recipe features beets and the recipe is from Yael and Zuriel Bernier of Bernier Farms.

Baby Beets with Balsamic Vinaigrette

3 pounds of baby beets (different varieties produce a colorful salad)
Balsamic vinegar
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Boil or steam beets until they are tender. Run under cold water to stop cooking and slip off beet skinds. Dice beets into small cubes. Drizzle balsamic vinegar and oilve oil over beets and toss until mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste.





Vendors and CSA’s

A number of the vendors at the Santa Rosa Farmers Markets offer CSA’s.

Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

Redwood Empire is signing up subscribers now. CSA’s are a great way to support local small farms, introduce new produce into your menus and guarantee a full season of fruits and vegetables picked at the peak of ripeness.

Dear Farm Friends ,

As we move quickly through the Winter months and start feeling the first hints of Spring, the time has come to start thinking about the coming year and to sign up for the CSA that will keep you rolling in delicious, local veggies all season long. We are happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for Redwood Empire Farm’s 2011 CSA season.

Last year’s CSA was a great success. Being able to grow food for a dedicated group of people throughout the community gave our farm drive and purpose and helped us achieve our goal of feeding a lot of real people real food. As we look toward our second year, we are even more excited. We learned so much last year and are looking forward to using our experience to ensure that our CSA exceeds your expectations. We promise to grow more perfect greens, luscious dry-farmed tomatoes, juicy sweet peppers, tender lettuce and arugula, satisfying roots, out of this world melons, and all the rest of your favorites. Additionally, this year, we plan to do more farm events so that all of our supporters can witness and share in our experience of working our magical piece of rural land in the heart of urban Rincon Valley. We really want our CSA members to feel that they share in our farm. So what are you waiting for? Now’s your chance to guarantee your source for the tastiest, most healthy, and most local produce in this neck of the woods. There is no better way to support local agriculture and to start living and eating seasonally than to commit to letting us grow food for you all season long!

Sound good? Here are the details:

Season length: The first week of May – the third week of November (30 weeks total).

(learn more here)

Orchard Farms
and Wild Rose Ranch also have CSA’s/


Hello Chile Lovers

First, I want to tell you that the new shipment of Bhut Jolokia chile powder has arrived. It is of excellent quality and will be available starting this weekend. Also as a result of it’s arrival – there will also be some HELL TO PAY. Thank you for your patience.

A special message from Peppa Head

This year’s batch of SASSY SAUCE has been well accepted and is hot and fruity but not insane. It is made from my last crop of Red Savina chiles and Orange Habaneros from a local grower. It is seasoned with mango, pineapple, onion, garlic and lime juice. Stop by for a taste.

And as always, there is my unique, tasty selection of regional chile powders and blends for your enjoyment.
Wishing you all the very best. See you at the market.

Larry Noggle

Keep’n It Hot



Your sweetie will swoon with your Valentine’s Day gift from the market. We have flowers, candy, pies, cakes, cookies, jewelry, and of course what says “I love you and want you to live and love for a long time” better then a big basket of food grown locally.

Handcrafted dried flower heart 6″ Ortiz Bros.
Shortbread cookies and sugar cookies Nicky’s Flour Creations
Tulips Neve Brothers





Valentine’s Day

The Saturday market is a great place to shop for your sweetie – no matter who your sweetie or what your sweetie might like –

There are sweets for your sweetie – candy and all kinds of cookies, cakes and pies.

In the non-food category here are some great suggestions and the days they will be at market:

Damselfly – tie dye
Lorelai’s Covers – kids knitted hats flowers and animals
possibly the cutest hats ever
Roger’s Photography
Rose – cutting boards
Willow Designs – jewelry, hand printed aprons, hand knitted scarves
Skin Dharma skin oils
Peter Bailey Designs – jewelry
Oilcloth Chucherias
Viking Pottery
BEAUTIFUL ORCHIDS from X-oticals and stunning amaryllis from Daffodills, Oh My!

Moonshadows – jewelry
Earth Temple – rocks and stones
Jan’s Hats
Anastati & Geetesch – fine art
Lively Linens – imported French table cloths
Scott Wilson – pottery
By the Elvin Moon – hand turned wooden bowls
Talented Lady – jewelry
Lorelai’s Covers – kids hats
Sonoma Garden Design beautiful gardening benches
California Coops – the really practical gift…