Punky’s Pumpkin Patch is  up and the market has moved to the east side of  Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.  There is easy access from both Old Redwood Highway (Bad Ass Coffee) and Mark West Springs Road.   Plenty of free and easy parking,  follow the signs from the entrances.

Wednesday is going to be another beautiful day in Sonoma County.      Because it is hot, there are  tomatoes and as long as there are tomatoes – the Green Grocer is still serving the Best Ever BLT.  

Rather make your own BLT?  The Wednesday market has everything you need for the perfect BLT.  Tomatoes and lettuce – check out Min Hee Gardens.   Dreamcatcher Ranch has a variety of styles of bacon including nitrate free.  The perfect bread – any of the ones from Full Circle Bakery.  No matter what you bread preference they have it.

The Patch is at the Wednesday market with with  just picke seasonal produce.  If you haven’t had their fresh onions you are missing out on some great flavor.  A fresh red onion slice would make a great addition to a BLT.  The Patch also has peppers, green beans, cucumbers and tomatoes.

Speaking of additions to a BLT  DeSantis has amazing avocados with thin very dark skin.

If you are tired of summer and ready for fall, the market has that too!  Hector’s honey has pumpkins and other squashes including spaghetti squash.   Armstrong Valley Farm has lots of winter greens and kohlrabi – the vegetable that looks like sputnik.     Twin Palms has beautiful peppers but they also have strawberries too.

Fall means pomegranates, pears, and persimmons and nuts.

Ridgeview Farm is now year round at the Wednesday market.  Ridgeview has seasonal fruit and vegetables and the most amazing bouquets.   The hot weather means the zinnias are still available.      Every item they grow is chosen entirely for flavor.   They pick when flavor is at its peak.

The Wednesday market is has everything you need for a great mid-week pick me up.  Including a beautiful spot to sit.

Introducing Physis – your farmer’s market pantry.  He takes what’s available in the market now and turns into the stocks, dressings and other pantry items you wish you had time to make yourself.

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

 

 

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Oct

12

2012

The market always has something new

As the seasons change the market changes.    The aroma of roasting peppers leads you to theBeet Generation Farm.  Peppers roasted to order.

Physis Foods opened for the first time at the market,   Serving Roasted Tomato Sauce, Vegetable Stock, Vegetable Soup, two vinaigrettes, kachumber, Salsa Fresca, and more for Saturday! Physis uses  a mobile kitchen on location at the market to create,a variety of staple foods based on produce for sale at the market that very same day. Many of our items either compliment a meal (such as soups, salads, & condiments) or cut steps out of preparation (cut vegetable mixes, stocks, & seasonings.)

 Singing Frogs Farm has something for every season from beautiful strawberries to fall greens, squashes and pumpkins.   They also have wonderful collection of Asian greens and vegetables.

Smashing Juices started at the market this summer.  A nice and easy pick-me-up  by the cup or the jar.

It’s not to early to think about Halloween – our bakers and candy makers will make it a very special time.   Crumb Hither has some beautiful cookies for the season.

 

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Savita Wilder Daffodils, Dhalia and Lilies Oh My and her crew turned her display of heirloom bulbs into an award winning exhibit at the Heirloom Exposition.

This is the time to plant Spring bulbs.    Planting bulbs for Spring is like mailing yourself a surprise to arrive just around the time you forgot you sent it.   As well as bulbs for Spring, there are sweet pea starts.   Sweet peas do very well in this area and Savita has a variety of starts.

Every Saturday

 

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Planning an event in Sonoma County?  Come to the market where you can meet the wine countries best catering and event professionals every week   Even our location at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts offers rental opportunities.

Meet Gary Jimmerson of Gaga Cafe, one of our great catering professionals. 

He creates art behind his four-cup drip bar from the Santa Rosa Saturday farmers market every Wednesday and Saturday.

His beans are bought direct from the farmer and roasted the day before serving.  Each cup is individually brewed on the spot.  His water is reverse osmosis, pure water.  It’s a fantastic cup of coffee!
“My preference is straight-up drip,” says Gary Jimmerson of Gaga Cafe.”But if it’s an espresso drink, I like a cappuccino.”

Each drink is made to order, no air pots or warmers in sight. Jimmerson’s pour-over coffee is fresher than regular drip and reveals the character of the coffee in a unique way.

Gaga Cafe offers complete beverage service.   Call 477-7298 and get all the details on what a great addition Gaga Cafe would be to any event.

 

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Ridgeview Farm brings their wonderful seasonable bouquets to the Wednesday market.  The recent heat wave means another round of summer’s favorite flower — the zinnia.    Ridgeview is in the middle of apple season.  They grow over 60 kinds.   Ask about the different apples – some have very colorful histories.

Welcome Twin Palms Farm to the Wednesday market.   Twin Palms has been at the Thursday market which sadly has closed for the summer, so they are joining us Wednesday mornings.

Here’s how the farmer describes the farm.  “We are a small-scale community-supported farm run by one farmer and his sidekick, always practicing natural and sustainable growing methods, bringing together the ingredients that make our bodies healthier without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified plants. We are registered organic; practice dry-farming techniques whenever possible to conserve water; rotate crops and grow cover crops to ensure soil strength and fertility. Most importantly, we work hard and have fun growing our fruits and vegetables. Enjoy.”

These are some of what they grow Arugula, Apples, Beets, Broccoli, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Carrots, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green Beans, Figs, Herbs, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Onions, Peaches, Pears, Peppers, Plums, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Raspberries, Salad Mix, Snap Peas, Spinach, Strawberries, Squash- Summer/Winter, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Tomatoes and Flowers.  They have a CSA

Welcome Louis and Karen.

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It’s hot and the night time temperatures have stayed warm.  It might be fall according to the calendar but it’s still summer as far as tomatoes go.    There are a number of ways to have fresh tomato flavor during the winter months.

The easiest way is to put the tomatoes whole in a freezer bag and freeze them.  When thawed out for use the skins just slip off.

The second easiest way is to put them in a food processor and give them a few quick pulses and then freeze.  This only works if you don’t care about the skin still being on when you use them later.

A little more work but still pretty easy.  Blanch the tomatoes (dip in boiling water for a few seconds), slip off the skins, decide whether you want to slice the tomatoes and strain out the seeds, and then freeze.

This is pretty much a no-hassle recipefor tomato paste from Gilt  Taste.

At the market’s recent tomato tasting, Redwood Empire Farm, brought tomato juice.  It was a huge hit with the folks from KSRO —”

  • KSRO Newstalk 1350 Yes, we agree! Ariel at Redwood Empire Farms made this for us last night so it would be ready and good to go at the start of our broadcast this morning. What a treat!
  • Tony Landucci I really can’t say enough good things about this tomato juice! I love tomatoes, always have, but have never been into tomato juice and never understood why I could like ‘matoes so much and not like the juice. Well, now I know why, it’s gotta be the real deal! Sooooooo goooood! Thank you, Ariel!!!

Here’s the recipe:

4 pounds Redwood Empire Farm dry farmed Early Girl tomatoes, washed
2 celery stalks, washed
salt to taste

Cut the tomatoes into quarters and put into non-reactive bowl quickly, doing your best to preserve the juice.  Once tomatoes are cut, put in heavy saucepan.  Heat the tomatoes to boiling, mashing continuously with a potato masher.  Once tomatoes are boiling, add whole celery stalks.  Let tomatoes simmer/boil for about 10 minutes.  Remove celery and discard. Remove tomatoes from heat and carefully put through a food mill using finest screen possible.  Take resulting tomato juice and put it back into saucepan and bring to boil once again. Let cook until reduced to your desired consistency/thickness.  Season with salt to taste.  Cool and enjoy!

 

Think about the perfect bloody mary!

Thanks to KSRO for the photo!

 

 

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