If you are thinking oy vey it’s Wednesday.  Give yourself a treat.   Everything you need meat, eggs, vegetables, fruit, bread and some fun shopping too.   You can get a bite to eat, food to go and prepared foods.    Great coffee too!   If you are in a hurry or want to linger — this is the place.

Willow Designs  Clever jewelry , scarves, aprons a few with vegetable themes .  Her tiny vases made from old silverware were recently written up in the Press Democrat — the perfect item for holiday tables or for gifts
Water Horse Ridge Jams  “Jams of the God’s”  says  Bite Club an array of seasonal jams and condiments both sweet and savory
Gaga Café  The best cup of coffee plus beans (and advice)on brewing to go.
Full Circle Bakery Breads of all kinds plus a nice array of pastries     Don’t miss the garlic cheddar– better buy two so you still have one when you get home

Mi Fiesta  Tamales, enchiladas, salsas, rice,beans tortillas everything for a dinner you don’t have to fix and you can have a tamale on the spot!

Dream Catcher Beef, pork, goat  bacon in a number of styles including nitrate free

Bohemian Well-Being Town  Mushrooms all from the Occidental area.  Mr. Kim is a wealth of knowledge about both culinary and medicinal uses of mushrooms

Armstrong Valley Farm  Seasonal produce and eggs  Right now beautiful cauliflowers in colors!  If you are looking for sensationally colored vegetables for the upcoming holidays be sure and stop by — and of course they taste wonderful too.    Compare a supermarket carrot with a carrot from Armstrong Valley Farm and you will never buy a supermarket carrot again.

Ridgeview Farm Seasonal produce , fruit , and amazing long lasting bouquets.   Amazing zinnias in reds, yellows and gold are still in season.

DeSantis Bella Fruita  Seasonal fruit and other things you won’t see any place else. Currently they have raisins on the vine and uncured olives.  If you have ever thought about making your own olives — now’s your chance.

Min Hee Gardens  lovely lettuces and a variety of peppers sweet and hot and seasonal produce – beets, kale, cucumbers and they still have tomatoes

Twin Palms Ranch    Not just another array of vegetables that are beautiful to look at.  They have a wonderful variety of winter squashes.   Ask them about each variety and the taste  and the some suggestions for preparation.

Hector’s Honey   Honey of course but there is also seasonal produce.  Right now Hector has purple tomatillos and he is still  harvesting tomatoes

The Windsor Green Grocer  Fabulous breakfasts, lunch, brunch.  They also have cured pork products by the pound including the very bacon from their world famous blt.
The Patch   Green beans, fresh red and white onions, beautiful peppers  and tomatoes

Sebastopol Berry Farm  Raspberries still as sweet as summer.  Not too much longer.  Think about a cran-raspberry chutney for a twist this Thanksgiving.

The Patch   Seasonal produce including green beans, fresh red and white onions, peppers and tomatoes!

The Wednesday market pops up just when you need it.  It’s the quick stop of  farmers markets.  Enter from Mark West Springs Road.  Easy parking in the North Lot in front of the ticket office

8:30 am  12:00 noon







Support your San Francisco Giants — eat enchiladas!  Third Game starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong eats enchiladas before every game.    Mi Fiesta has wonderful chicken enchiladas  and more perfect for a game day feast.   It’s a superstition and ritual Vogelsong never breaks.   Show your solidarity – eat enchiladas to make sure Vogelsong has a great game.

The San Francisco Giants are the perfect post season team.  The team colors are orange black perfect for Halloween.

Mi Fiesta easy convenient shopping for your Giants party or just or giant Halloween party.


Alma’s Oil Cloth and Chucharias is having a sale on Day of the Dead decorations.

Of course there are pumpkins all sizes shapes and colors everywhere at the market

Gandalf’s Fine Chocolates has creepy( in a good way) chocolate skulls but also some things for trick or treaters…well trick or treaters you like a lot.

Twin Palms Ranch is now at the Saturday market.

Jim and Dave (Sonoma Coast Organics) – the chestnut guys are back for their very short season.  They also have quince and chanterelles -if there are any.

It’s an exciting time at the market as it finally becomes fall and the market is full of peppers, pears, pomegranates,apples and all the fall greens and vegetables.  But there are a still signs that summer isn’t completely gone.  Min Hee Garden, The Patch and Armstrong Valley Farm still have tomatoes.  Min Hee also has cucumbers and they always have beautiful lettuce.   Depending on the micro-climate a few farmers still have berries.



Bobby’s Souvlaki and The Green Grocer will be at the Saturday market.    But you might ask, “Where the heck is the beignet guy?”    Rob, the beignet guy has opened a breakfast/lunch place The Parish Cafe but he will be back to the market with beignets in a few weeks.    Our chefs are a busy lot and when they are not a the market, it means they are cooking at a special event.

They are caterers and available for your special event of any size — a  special dinner for a few or a grand event for hundreds.

The market serves as a business incubator for many chefs.  Sometimes we lose people when they become successful, the market is happy that Chef Mateo Granados continues to bring his fabulous farm market breakfasts every weekend.

We have some new prepared food vendors coming in as well.

Our food court is a great place to start off Saturday morning but it is also a great place to pick up meals for later in the week….or think about the perfect menu for up coming holiday parties.




The attendance at the End of the Harvest Fiesta is huge and the potential for inconvenience for our customers  is also huge- getting in and out of the parking lots would be impossible .    Weighing on the side of safety, we are moving the Saturday market to Sunday November 4th.

You may be interested in attending the Fiesta or know someone who can benefit from the community  and services being offered.

End of Harvest Fiesta. Sponsored by the California Human Development Corporation (CHDC), this popular and traditional festival is held each year as a service to vineyard and farmworkers.

According to CHDC, the Mexican Consulate will be booking appointments in advance to meet with Mexican citizens at the event to process matriculas and passports. To make an appointment call: 1-877-639-4835.

This year’s fiesta is in conjunction with the Bi-National Health Week and will offer various services for workers. The event will be held at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts located at 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

There is no charge to attend and no reservation required. CHDC may be contacted by calling 707-523-1155  or through their website: www.chdcorp.org


Do you have what it takes to be crowned the superstar bacon cook in the KSRO 26th Annual Recipe Contest? Get ready for some serious sizzle!


KSRO and Chef John Ash are rounding up the best creative

BACON RECIPES for main/side dishes, appetizers, desserts, soups and salads to be judged in the 26th Annual KSRO Recipe Contest.


Prizes will include gift certificates, cookbooks, wine, and cooking classes. Get all the details at ksro.com!


Send your name, address, and phone number plus your best original bacon recipes to:

KSRO Recipe Contest

P.O. Box 2158

Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Fax: (707) 571-1097

Email: steve@ksro.com


Finalists will be selected to appear with Chef John Ash along with celebrity judges during a live broadcast of the Good Food Hour at G&G Market in Santa Rosa on Saturday, November 3rd from 11am to noon.







Wednesday Market News

The best place to park for the Wednesday market is the North lot in front of the main Luther Burbank entrance.   Use Mark West Springs entrance and just follow the signs to the parking lot.

Twin Palms Ranch is now at the Wednesday market.    Be sure to ask them about their CSA.   It’s an organic vegetable adventure.

The Veggie Queen, Jill Nussinow shopping at Twin Palms Ranch

The Wednesday market has fish, meat, eggs — both duck and chicken.    There is also bread – Full Circle Bakery (the baker grows his own wheat) and the best jam ever.   Fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables and some great seasonal gifts as well.   And of course everything you need for Halloween and general fall decorating.

Wednesday Vendors

  • Armstrong Valley Farm
  • Beet Generation Farm
  • Sebastopol Berry Farm
  • Twin Palms Ranch
  • Hector’s Honey
  • DeSantis Farm
  • Bohemian Well Being Town  mushrooms
  • Ridgeview Farm
  • Min Hee Gardens
  • EGB Fruit and Nuts
  • The Patch
  • Dreamcatcher Ranch
  • Salmon Creek Ranch
  • Carson’s Catch
  • Full Circle Baking
  • The Garden Wild
  • Vicky Kemp Designs
  • Willow Designs  *
  • Waterhorse Ridge Jams and Condiments
  • The Green Grocer
  • Mi Fiesta
  • GaGa Cafe
  • Run-Around Brew
  • Physis
  • Edgework knifesharpening 1st and 3rd Wednesday


*  on vacation until November



Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.    Wikipedia has much more

Alma’s Oilcloth and Chucherias has very traditional Mexican paper decorations.  Alma is at the Wednesday market with her family’s stand, the Sebastopol Berry Farm and at the Saturday market with her wonderful oilcloth designs and chuchuerias.



If you are thinking more new school check out Gandolf’s chocolate skulls.  Gandolph is at the Saturday market.  If you want to be the most popular house on the block for Halloween give out Gandolf”s Fine Chocolates – he has candy bars and small bags — perfect for Halloween.















Fresh Jujubes

Hector’s Honey, Wednesday and Saturday markets has fresh jujubes.   Bohemian Well Being Town  (mostly mushrooms) has dried jujubes year round.     Fresh jujubes are very hard to find.

The jujube is a little known fruit, but is gaining momentum in Western cultures for its high amount of vitamins and minerals. It has been used for thousands of years in Asian countries by medicine men and herbalists alike. The jujube is not named after the popular candy from childhood, but rather, the other way around.

The freshly harvested as well as the candied dried fruits are often eaten as a snack, or with tea. They are available in either red or black (called hóng zǎo or hēi zǎo, respectively, in Chinese), the latter being smoked to enhance their flavor. In China and Korea, a sweetened tea syrup containing jujube fruits is available in glass jars, and canned jujube tea or jujube tea in the form of teabags is also available. Although not widely available, jujube juice and jujube vinega (called 枣醋 or 红枣醋 in Chinese) are also produced; they are used for making pickles (কুলের আচার) in West Bengal and Bangladesh.

In China, a wine made from jujubes, called hong zao jiu (红枣酒) is also produced.  Jujubes are sometimes preserved by storing in a jar filled with baijiu (Chinese liquor), which allows them to be kept fresh for a long time, especially through the winter. Such jujubes are called jiu zao (酒枣; literally “spirited jujube”). These fruits, often stoned, are also a significant ingredient in a wide variety of Chinese delicacies. In Korea, jujubes are called daechu (대추) and are used in Daechucha teas and samgyetang.

In Lebanon, the fruit is eaten as snacks or alongside a dessert after a meal.

In Persian cuisine, the dried drupes are known as annab, while in neighboring Azerbaijan it is commonly eaten as a snack, and are known as innab. Z. zizyphus grows in northern Pakistan and is known as Innab, commonly used in the Tibb Unani system of medicine. There seems to be quite a widespread confusion in the common name. The Innab is Z. zizyphus: the local name Ber is not used for Innab. Rather Ber is used for three other cultivated or wild species i.e. Z. spina-christi, Z. mauritiana and Z. nummularia in Pakistan and parts of India and is eaten both fresh and dried. Often the dry fruit (Ber) was used as a padding in leather horse-saddles in parts of Baluchistan in Pakistan. The Arabic names Sidr is used for Ziziphus species other than Z. zizyphus.

Jujube fruit is called ilanthappazham(ഇലന്തപ്പഴം) or badari(ബദരി) in Malayalam, ilanthai pazham (இலந்தை பழம்) in Tamil-speaking regions, “Yelchi Hannu” in Kannada and “Regi pandu” in Telugu. Traditionally, the fruits are dried in the sun and the hard nuts are removed. Then, it is pounded with tamarind, red chillies, salt, and jaggery. Small dishes are made from this dough and again dried in the sun, and are referred to as ilanthai vadai. In some parts of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, fresh whole ripe fruit is crushed with the above ingredients and dried under the sun to make delicious cakes called ilanthai vadai or “Regi Vadiyalu” (Telugu).[11]

In Madagascar, jujube fruits are eaten fresh or dried. People also use those fruits to make jam.

The jujube, also known as ziziphus, is grown and cultivated in India, Russia southern Europe, China and the middle East. The fruit has been used in Chinese medicine for over 4,000 years. In 1908, a plant explorer for the USDA introduced it to North America and soon after, other cultivars were selected from seedlings. In California, the jujube is grown for just a few niche markets.


According to a study published in Volume 103 Issue 2 of the journal, Food Chemistry, jujube contains the potassium, phosphorus, manganese and calcium as the major minerals. There are also high amounts of sodium, zinc, iron and copper. Jujube also contains vitamin c, riboflavin and thiamine. It contains 20 times the amount of vitamin C as citrus fruits. The vitamin and mineral content of the fruit helps to soothe the stomach, ease sore throats, suppress the appetite, support cardiovascular health, enhance metabolism and cleanse the blood vessels.

Amino Acids

The body requires 24 amino acids to function, and the jujube fruit contains 18 of the 24. Amino acids help with the maintenance and formation of the bones, skin, muscle, bloods, hormones, neurotransmitters and enzymes in the body. They are also essential to the building of more that 50,000 proteins made by the human body. Amino acids assist the body in healing wounds and diseases.


A study was published in the April 21 2009 issue of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in which the protective effects of jujube fruit on the liver were investigated. It was found that the fruit protected the liver against injury in mice. It also helped to eliminate oxidative stress in the liver. Oxidative stress is when free radicals form in the body and interact with cells. Free radicals can lead to many diseases.


The water extract of jujube fruit was studied by the Vaccine and Serum Research Institute in Iran. In the study, which was published in the February 2008 issue of Cytotechnology, it was found that this extract inhibited tumor cells, and may have useful compounds for medicinal use. It was especially useful against Jurkat leukemic cells, which are related to leukemia.