Opening Day photograph by Tom Burnside



To our loyal customers,

We were faced with many tough decisions this year.   On opening day, May 19th, we were nervous but there you were and now we want to thank you for all your support.

Please come to our Grand Opening Party this Saturday June 30th 8:30 am to 1 pm. All the vendors have donated wonderful raffle prizes and the more you shop the more chances you have to win.

Lots for children:  Julian The Santa Rosa Magician and Dr. Pop of the clever balloon-art will be entertaining.  The Boys and Girls Club will have a booth.

Lots for adults too: three  chef’s demonstrations (tastings included) and KRSO radio personalities John Ash, Steve Garner and Dave Fazzio will be on hand.

Manager’s  Pick

Welcome our newest vendor:  John Legros, son of Dave Legros, will host a stall with fresh wild salmon, wild Gulf shrimp ,flounder, scallops and much more.

Evidence of summer is everywhere even a Sonoma grown tomato or two if you get there early and look in the right place (Redwood Empire Farm.)

If you are thinking about potato salad, stop by Canvas Ranch, Armstrong Valley Farm or Ma and Pa’s — they are each growing different varieties of potatoes and are happy to tell you why they have the best one for potato salad.

If you have company for the July 4th weekend and you want to give them an easy walking tour of Sonoma County, bring them to the market.  We have a mini-cheese trail , the most small Sonoma County farmers, and the all of our meat, poultry and fish vendors will be on hand, even Wednesday regular The Dreamcatcher Ranch.

A special shout-out to Libby Batzel of Beet Generation Farm for organzing our Grand Opening Celebration.







We moved in case you didn’t know and to celebrate our beautiful new location and thank our loyal customers and many new ones – we are having a party!

Sonoma County is home to great eating and we gathered some of the best chefs to showcase what is in the market now.

Here’s what Chef Elizabeth Eichhold said about her plans , ” I’m making  zucchini & cauliflower (with Armstrong Valley Farm’s  too cool orange cheddar cauliflower) fritters with 2 sauces. One is a garlic & blood orange (or basil or sweet lime) aioli and the other is a roasted red pepper & basil (or blood orange or chili)sauce.  I’ll have to experiment with the sauces so they may not be exactly as I just described . I’ll see what happens during the research & development phase.”   Don’t you wish you could be a taster in her kitchen.

Chef John Lyle of Hardcore Farm to Face and the popular Chosen Spot Dinners now at the Luther Burbank House Gardens looked around at all the summer fruit at it’s peak and said, “Santa Rosa Plum popsicles!”  Shopping at DeSantis Farm picking out the best fruit with Angela.

Chef  Tom Schmidt of John Ash was appointed  executive chef at . in July of 2008, Tom brings a wealth of knowledge and creativity to Sonoma County’s wine country. ” a perfect environment of abundance in the garden setting of Sonoma County,” said Schmidt. “Cooking without borders for the exquisite pleasure of soul-satisfying food, that’s what I  do.”   He chose peaches and nectarines for a fruit soup.

Chef Elizabeth  Eichhold’s Fritters

Vegetable herb fritters with lemon aioli


1 large egg yolk or 2 yolks at room temperature
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt & 1/4 tsp. pepper
3 tsp. lemon juice
grated zest of 1 lemon
4-6 cloves garlic finely chopped
3/4 cup peanut or mild olive oil
1/4 cup chopped lemon verbena or parsley sprinkled on top (optional)

Place egg, mustard, garlic , salt & pepper in food processor bowl or blender . Turn on to blend then add the olive oil in a thin steady stream until all is incorporated. Add the lemon juice then check the consistency. If it’s too thick, add a bit more lemon juice. If too thin, add more oil. taste for seasoning. Sprinkle with lemon verbena then cover & refrigerate until the fritters are cooked.

Some additions to the aioli would be 1 roasted red pepper, blood orange or lime juice in place of the lemon juice, herbs such as dill, tarragon, cilantro, parsley, basil, chives, grated horseradish or wasabi, a seeded jalapeno or Anaheim chile or 1 tsp. chile powder or paste.

2 lbs. vegetables
2 eggs beaten
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 chopped garlic cloves
1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs
1 cup bread crumbs or panko
salt & pepper to taste
olive oil for frying

If you’re using zucchini, coarsely grate then sprinkle with salt & put in a colander to drain for 1/2 hour. Rinse out the salt then press out the excess water & place in a clean dish towel. Wring out the remaining liquid. If you’re using other vegetables, cut into very small pieces.
Place in a bowl with the next 6 ingredients & stir well. Taste for seasonings by cooking one tsp of batter, add more salt if needed.

Put enough olive oil in a frying pan to coat the bottom. When it’s hot, drop in the batter using about 1/3 cup for each. Cook on medium heat until golden brown, about 3 minutes, then turn over and cook the other side. serve hot with a dollop of aioli.

Some vegetable suggestions would be cauliflower or broccoli flowerets, thinly shredded kale or greens, kids love shredded carrots and raisins, potatoes grated with the liquid pressed out in place of the bread crumbs, grilled corn- cut off the cob with salsa or guacamole in place of the aioli, adding herbs such as arugula, dill, mint, or basil to zucchini.



It’s the 4th of July especially if you live in Monte Rio or Guerneville.

The Wednesday market has everything you need for a great 4th of July and it’s easier to get around.    Beautiful seasonal bouquets and berries are bountiful.  Summer squash  is in — it’s great for grilling.

If you’ve got guests, treat them to a great breakfast in a beautiful outdoor setting  surrounded by vineyards.  You won’t find a better way to showcase all the wonderful tastes of Sonoma then at this farmers market.

The Windsor Green Grocer is serving amazing farmers market breakfasts every Wednesday and all the ingredients are locally sourced.   If you’d rather have the best tamale in town you Mi Fiesta is always at the Wednesday market.  Mi Fiesta also has packaged tamales, enchiladas and all the trimmings for slow food you can serve fast.







Welcome Summer: hello fruit!

The market is a sea of beautiful summer fruit.   Apricots and cherries are nearing the end of their season but peaches and plums are just reaching their peak.

The market has strawberries – all sizes, blueberries, raspberries,ollaberries and boysenberries.    Lots of different varieties too.  Thinking about preserving some of this summer goodness?  Ask the farmers about quantity discounts.  Special orders welcomed.

Take a cooking class

A fun and inspiring activity you can do alone or in a group is take a cooking class.  Ramekins has many wonderful choices and the focus is always on Sonoma produced ingredients.  Relish in Healdsburg is a culinary destination with many classes with a Sonoma focus.



Got a great recipe?  Please share it with us.

Want to know when your favorites are coming to market.  Sign-up for our new newsletter.  You’ll be the first to know when the Patch has heirloom tomatoes at the market.


June 30th Grand Opening Update

KSRO’s own Good Food Hour guys, John Ash and Steve Garner,  will
broadcast live AND Dave Fazzio, one of the  great  garden
talkers,  will be back for this special day.

We have three special guest chefs preparing beautiful market food to

Tom Schmidt from John Ash/Vintner’s Inn
John Lyle from Luther Burbank Chosen Spot Pop Up Dinners
Elizabeth Eichhold a former San Francisco chef and pastry maker

We have a petting zoo and pony rides, a clown, a magician and a jumpy
house for the kids…

AND lots of market prizes donated by all of our





June 30th -Celebrate our new home with us

We moved and we are so happy in our new, beautiful location at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.   Now we are ready to party.

Saturday June 30th is the date – regular market hours 8:30 am – 1 pm but chocked full of fun activities especially for children.   Magicians, balloon artists, and the Boys and Girls Club will have a booth too.

We want a chance to thank all our wonderful customers who moved with us.   There will be special gifts and a free raffle.   We really do think our customers are the best.

Chefs demonstrations (that means things to taste.)

Broadcasting live KSRO’s Steve Garner brings  Garden Talk, co- hosted with Dave Fazzio; and The Good Food Hour, co-hosted by John Ash, restauranteur, chef, and winner of an IACP award for best cookbook of the year. The programs are fast-paced mixes of tips, techniques, interviews, reviews, and plenty of listener calls.

Bill Mann, television and radio critic for the Oakland Tribune and The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa) wrote, “I doubt there is a more pleasing radio food talk host than KSRO’s Steve Garner. Clearly, Garner has one of the best radio voices around. I’ve heard all the “kitchen shows” from San Francisco -KCBS, KNBR, and KGO- and Garner’s is easily the best.

Stay tuned for details but save the date!





Starting at 9:30 AM,  Sonoma County Council on Aging will distribute $20 coupon books to eligible low income seniors.   The coupons are good at many farmers markets through-out the county.

Wednesday is always senior buck day at the market.

Gaga Cafe is at the Wednesday market selling  coffee beans.  Ask Gary about the best way to make iced coffee.   And he is always happy to share the secret of his great tasting coffee.

Wednesday is a less hectic market and it’s an opportunity to talk to the farmers and ranchers about their products.   If being sure the meat and poultry you eat is meat and poultry not chock full of antibiotics , questionable fillers and  fed full  things you aren’t interested in consuming.  Learn from the ranchers about how they raise their animals.

Joselyn at Salmon Creek Ranch can give you the low-down on ducks.  Did you know ducks eggs are not like chicken eggs.   Salmon Creek also has beef and goat.   Chez Panisse buys from Salmon Creek.

The Dreamcatcher Ranch is another Wednesday regular; a small family farm raising both traditional and “heritage” livestock.    They  do not give their animals hormones or unnecessary medication.   Right now they are featuring lamb.  Ask about their CSA program  -it’s a good deal.

The Wednesday market is just as diverse as Saturday just a little easier to maneuver.





Welcome the Windsor Green Grocer.   The most amazing farmers market breakfasts.

On Wednesday morning, the Green Grocer, Joe Reuter, brings his crew and kitchen to the market.   Wonderful breakfasts of all sizes and shapes start showing up.  Vegan or a carnivore – there is something on the menu for you.  The Green Grocer takes the idea of eating locally very seriously.   The prices are good too!

From a KQED’s Bay areabites :  “Windsor Green Grocer North Bay locavores had been mentioning Windsor Green Grocer to me since it opened  Owner Joe Rueter and his wife are producing delicious prepared foods with a goal of using products from within a 150-mile radius, and doing an excellent job at it. While I am obsessively concerned with where food is coming from, it doesn’t register with me unless it actually tastes good too — and Windsor Green Grocer is achieving great flavors with local foods. ”

The Wednesday market gets better every week as seasonal vendors return.  The Sebastopol Berry Farm, The Patch , Country Rhodes (if you just can’t wait for a locally grown summer tomato), Redwood Empire Farm and apricots from Combs Ranch are all at the Wednesday market.   The  year-round produce people are the backbone of the mid-week market and they never disappoint.  Min-Hee Hill Gardens, Armstrong Valley Farm, Hector’s Honey, EGB fruit and nuts, DeSantis Farms.   You can get duck eggs and chicken eggs at the Wednesday market.  Salmon Creek brings their great selection of meat and duck and The Dreamcatcher Ranch (the home of the best bacon) is currently featuring lamb.  And there is more Full Circle Bakery , Waterhorse Ridge jams, chutneys and salsas.   And of course Mi Fiesta the home of the best ever tamale (they have a lot of other tasty items to make your mid-week dinner a piece of cake…or enchilada.)

There is more but you have to come to the Wednesday market to find out.







Love your dad but haven’t got a clue what to do for Father’s Day.

Don’t forget we will be open Sunday, June 17th Father’s Day.   There is no market on Saturday June 16th.

The setting is sublime and no matter what your Dad likes for breakfast he will be delighted.   We have new food vendors including Jennie’s Oysters and Fish Tacos and Bon Temp Creole with crayfish pie — let’s just say when he brought samples to the market there were fights over the last bites.





Cooking for your father?  The market is the place to shop – the best butcher shop in Sonoma County.

Our Sonoma County farmers have wonderful locally grown fruit and vegetables.  Farms are everywhere in the County and most of them sell at the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market.    Thinking about potato salad?  New potatoes are in the market.  There are berries everywhere, peaches, and probably getting close to the end of cherries and apricots.

Does your Dad have a sweet tooth?   All our bakers have something tempting.  Each one is so different and they all are happy to let you taste.   Raymond’s Bakery has some mighty big brownies.  If you Dad has a sweet tooth and some dietary issues  – we have gluten free bakeries and they often address other issues as well.

There are also artisan vendors with great gifts for the Dad in your life.  You can’t go wrong for Father’s Day at this special Sunday market.





Combs Ranch   Paula Combs Wurlitzer. Orchard Fruit from Butte County — Apricots, Figs, Olive Oil, Almonds.

If you are a fan of the apricot –the Wednesday market is a must.   She has several different kinds and you can taste before you buy.

Vendors at the Wednesday market include:  Mi Fiesta great prepared foods -tamales, enchildas, chile rellanos , seasonal salsa, chips, tortillas, rice and beans , The Patch -wonderful seasonal produce including fresh sweet onions, Armstrong Valley Farm –new potatoes, Hector’s Honey honey but lots of great produce grown within two miles of the market,  Parsons Homegrown -the tomato that’s here now also grown within two miles of the market, organic plants and vegetable starts from Nature Spirits also grown within two miles of the market.   Everyone’s favorite — the Sebastopol Berry Farm is back at the Wednesday market: blueberries and raspberries all organic.  Carson’s Catch has  wild Alaskan salmon, cod and halibut all flash frozen on the boat.  Dreamcatcher ranch is featuring lamb these days but be sure and ask about their meat CSA particularly the bacon box!   DeSantis is here with there great variety of seasonal fruit –the very end of the citrus and the start of the stone fruit.  Min-Hee Hills Garden brings the most beautiful produce to the market and it doesn’t just look good — it tastes good too.  Damon also has some unusual Thai pepper plants  – the peppers start out black, turn green and then red.  He also has the peppers for sale.   If you are looking for a healthy snack you can’t beat Redel’s Roasted Almonds.   The Garden Wild has wonderful soaps and creams  most made from farm market products.  Waterhorse Ridge brings their enormous selection of jams, chutneys, salsas and other condiments.  Patricia Greer either grows it herself or buys it from the market.  Full Circle Bakery has wonderful breads to put Patricia’s jams on.  Run-Around -Brew is here for a wonderful coffee-break or get your day started and Gaga Cafe is in the house with just beans.  Shone Farm another neighbor is also a Wednesday vendor.  Country Rhodes is also a Wednesday vendor and they have tomatoes — summer tomatoes (they are from a slightly warmer place.)   Willow Design brings her clever gifts  including a wide range of items made out of old silverware….bud vases and bracelets…and much more.  And there is more.