This week the Saturday market will be held on Sunday.  Sunday the 17th  the box office will be open and you can buy tickets for  Luther Burbank Center for the Arts new season.  You’ll be among the first in line for the best from local farmers, ranchers and artisans  and the best entertainment coming to town.

Complete information about the 2012-13 Season of performances, including dates, times, ticket prices, high-resolution images, audio and video samples, and more, is at .


Twin Peaks has returned with their wonderful and much in demand summer fruit.   Summer fruit is everywhere and if you are looking for an easy delicious way to serve it –Greek yogurt from Bobby’s Ultimate Souvlaki is the way to go.

You’ve heard it before but…really this is the most amazing yogurt.   Bobby serves it with a variety of toppings for snacking at the market but you can get it plain and you only need a little to change fresh fruit into a dessert worthy of a special occasion.   Even if you think you know what someone sells — it is always worth a second look.  Our chefs are always trying something new.  Shown here with elderbroch peach jam from Patricia Greer’s Waterhorse Ridge Jams and Condiments.   By themselves each of our vendors is great but when they get together — wow.


 The coupon books are worth $20 and can be used at farmers markets through-out the county.   Low-income seniors (over 60 and an individual with less then 20,036 or $26,000 for a couple) can use the coupons for fresh fruit and vegetables.

The Santa Rosa Farmers Market also accepts WIC, CAL-FRESH and Veggie-RX.    Thanks to Slow Food Russian River on the 2nd Saturday the market is able to offer a bonus to Cal Fresh clients.


Low-income Seniors:

Get Your Free

Farmers’ Market Coupon Book Worth $20

Visit the Farmers’ Market at Wells Fargo Center

The Council on Aging will be distributing free

Farmer’s Market Coupon Books from the

California Department of Food & Agriculture


Wednesday, June 20th beginning at

9:30 a.m. until gone.


Sebastopol  Berry Farm is back for the Saturday market with their wonderful blueberries and raspberries.  Hector’s Honey has ollaberries.  Ma and Pa’s and Armstrong Valley Farm have new potatoes –potato salad season is on!

From MicheleAnna Jordan

“This  Saturday, June 9, there will be another popular SAVOR event. SAVOR stands for Sonoma Alliance For Veggie Outreach Revolution and this Saturday’s event features fruit smoothies made using a blender bike created by guest chef Suzanne Waxman. Yes, you read correctly: blender bike.

Guest chef Elizabeth Eichhold will prepare her kale salad.

Both of these women owned restaurants and worked as chefs until they retired. Now, they cook only for their families and for farmers market patrons. It’s a great opportunity and they will, of course, answer your cooking questions.

There’s a special offer for CalFresh participants, too. For every fifteen CalFresh dollars a recipient spends, they received an extra $5 to spend at the market.

There will also be special attractions for kids, in addition to those smoothies, including a clown and a magician.

The Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, founded in 1978 and currently managed by Paula Downing, takes place from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays year round, rain or shine. It is located in the southeast parking lot of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Spring Rd.”

Chef Eichhold’s Kale Salad

Kale & Quinoa salad

1/2 bunch of kale

3 – 4 Tbl. olive oil

1/2 lg. lemon, juiced

1 –2 chopped garlic cloves

salt & pepper to taste

1/4 Tsp. red pepper flakes

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

2/3 cup grated pecorino or parmesan cheese

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds or pine nuts

Wash, drain & finely shred kale, place in a large bowl with the quinoa.

Combine the next 5 ingredients & whisk to make the dressing.

Add dressing to kale & quinoa, toss well

serve with a sprinkling of cheese & pumpkin seeds.

Here are some other ingredient suggestions to add to the basic recipe, as additions or substitutions:

avocado, raisins or currents or cranberries, roasted red yams or winter squash, scallions or red onions,

olives & feta cheese, smoked bacon, bread crumbs, hard boiled eggs, pears & blue cheese






Saturday June 9th Cal Fresh Bonus Day!

The Santa Rosa Farmers Market working with Sonoma Alliance for Veggie Outreach Revolution (SAVOR) and with a grant from Slow Food Russian River is able to offer our CAL-Fresh shoppers a bonus of $5 on every $15.

A study released in May commissioned by the Kellogg Foundation found that Americans support the “doubling of food stamps” when used at farmers markets.  A Republican presidential primary candidates sought to insult President Obama by calling him “the food stamp President.”   It appears most Americans think that is a compliment.

In Sonoma County less than half of the eligible population is signed up for CAL-FRESH.

From the Healdsburg Patch

According to health advocates, the $15 million left unspent in county aid means more spending long-term to counteract poor health.

“Some of our most significant health problems are directly related to what people eat,” said Mary Maddux-Gonzalez, a Redwood Community Health Coalition medical officer.

Officials hope that a recent redesign of CalFresh will make it easier for low income populations to access the program. Rather than requiring several in-person visits, recipient can apply online, and be aided by several local centers.

If you know someone who is receiving CAL-FRESH benefits, please let them know  Saturday is bonus day at the Santa Rosa Farmers Market at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts 8:30- 1pm.

If you know someone who should be receiving CAL-FRESH benefits -please tell them it is easy to apply online or in person at one of several locations through-out the county.




Julian the Santa Rosa Magician  is part of the Special Sunday Market June 17th at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts and at our Grand Opening Celebration June 30th.    Don’t miss Julian or either of these special market days.



And they are bringing strawberries  this week.   Also new for the Wednesday market coffee beans from the Gaga Cafe.

From their Website

Shone Farm’s large crop production area allows students to learn sustainable farming practices on a small commercial scale. These Sustainable Agriculture students are involved in planting, harvesting, packing, pricing, and selling the vegetables and fruit. During the growing season, produce is sold through weekly on campus and local farm stands, a CSA, and to several high-end markets and restaurants, including the SRJC Culinary Café. In addition to Shown Grown vegetables and fruit, grass-fed beef and lamb are also available for sale. Packaging and selling value-added farm products provides income to support Agriculture Department programs while completing the educational circle for students through their involvement in all phases of agriculture, from planning and production to marketing under the Shone Farm brand.

The Shone Farm Story


Shone Farm is a 365-acre outdoor learning laboratory for the Santa Rosa Junior College’s Agriculture/Natural Resources Department. The farm provides students with hands-on experience that cannot be duplicated in the classroom. The farm is located about 12 miles from the Santa Rosa Campus, between the towns of Forestville and Windsor, in the heart of the Russian River Valley AVA (American Viticulture Area). It was named in honor of Robert Shone, a very active leader in Sonoma County agriculture, in addition to being a Santa Rosa Junior College trustee and President of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau.

During World War II, the property was a military listening post, monitoring radio traffic around the world. In 1972 it was declared surplus land by the federal government, and subsequently, acquired by Santa Rosa Junior College. Since then, the farm has provided broad learning opportunities to thousands of students in many agriculture areas:.  The SRJC Agriculture Department’s vision for Shone Farm is to be a model sustainable, integrated agriculture complex, a showcase for the community and outstanding venue for student learning.

Outdoor Learning Lab

Shone Farm includes 120 acres of forest, 100 acres of pasture, 70 acres of vineyard, 12 acres for crop production, and 4 acres of olive and apple trees, one of the largest agriculture sites in the California Community Colleges system. In addition, there is open space around the farm’s perimeter that serves as wildlife habitat, as well as the farmstead, which includes various buildings and improvements. The farm’s size allows for teaching small commercial scale production techniques. SRJC Ag/Natural Resources graduates are well prepared for the workplace or to continue their studies at a four-year university.



Friends of the market and photographers Tom and Elinor Burnside give a glimpse of the Wednesday market.   It has most things the big Saturday market has and the added pleasure of the time to talk to vendors and find out what cool things they have (or will have soon.)   There are prepared food vendors if you need to pick up something good and fast for dinner –tamales and enchiladas just heat and eat.    The butcher, the baker and the candle stick maker are all here on Wednesday and fruit, vegetables, honey, and a spot to sit and enjoy coffee, a pastry and little music.   Need a little gift – Willow Design and The Garden Wild have wonderful things for yourself or someone else.



Closing at 11:00 AM for the Face-to-Face Beer Fest Fundraiser

Market manager  recommendations —

“The big news is summer fruit, of course….Apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines.   Dominique is making apricot pie, cherry pie, peach pie.  I can’t decide which is more amazing.  Pie is my favorite dessert besides ice cream so Dominique is a great love of my life.  She is funny too.   She was trained at the Cordon Blue in Paris and she has Julia Child’s sense of humor.  Maybe you get a Julia sense of humor class at the school?

People should also know that Angie from Nut N Other Farm is at the market this Saturday.  She is almost out of last year’s crop of almonds and walnuts so stocking up on non fumigated almonds from Angie is a good idea.

 New to the market  We have a new jam lady who is also a farmer so much of her fruit is grown by her or she buys it at the market.  She has a good subtle touch – you taste the fruit not the sugar, which I like.  She also has a great variety of savory condiments.    Her name is Patricia and her company is Waterhorse Ridge  Farm, Cazadero.   

Not Yer Momma’s Granola  I have to say that I cannot eat store bought granola.  .I have tried most of them and they are too sweet…I don’t know why commercial granola makers think that sweet is better but they do…Irene, Susan and Whitney are the Momma gals and they know that sweet isn’t necessarily better…They also have a subtle touch – you can taste the granola….People love them….About health…I used to have high cholesterol and a doctor told me to eat oats before anything else in the morning because it eats up the bad cholesterol – that is a very simplified explanation… I also put walnuts in the granola because my youngest daughter told me that this was good for the heart, plus I take red rice yeast so I am not sure which works but something seems to work because my cholesterol is significantly lower than when I started doing these things.   Just some hokey advice from a very non scientific old lady.”

Paula Downing


Mark Nystrom is the market’s able schlepper and now a graduate of Santa Rosa High School and a musician.

Congratulations Mark!   Your market family wishes you the best future possible.

And when other graduates were out partying – Mark showed up to work ready to go. (and that is early!)