We haven’t forgotten Valentine’s Day.

The market is going to hold a drawing for an Extra Special Valentines Basket.  $10 per entry or 5 entries for $40.

Winner will be drawn at noon on Saturday 2/9.  Prize must be picked up at either the Saturday 2/9 or Wednesday 2/13 market.      You do not have to be present to win.    Check at the information desk for details on the basket…but for sure chocolates from Gandolf’s Fine Chocolate

Chef Jennifer Una is back with her farmers market recipes.  This week:  the beet.



serves 6


2 T. coconut oil

1 yellow onion, medium chopped

½ tsp. caraway seeds

1 carrot, sliced

1 stalk celery, sliced

1 large yellow potato, medium diced

1 T. tomato paste

1 bunch red beets, scrubbed and peeled (4 medium)

1 qt. water

1 bay leaf


ground black pepper

1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

handful raw sauerkraut

sour cream, yogurt or crème fraiche

dill, chives or scallions for garnish


Heat oil in medium sized soup pot.  Add onion and seeds and sauté for a few minutes. Add carrot, celery and potato and sauté until soft. Add tomato paste and heat through. Add beets and water enough to cover by about ½”. Add bay leaf and bring pot to a boil.


Reduce heat, cover and simmer until all is tender. Turn off the heat and remove the bay leaf. Add big pinch of salt and a grind of pepper into the pot. Taste soup to adjust seasonings by adding salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar to taste.


Put a spoonful of sauerkraut in serving bowl and ladle soup over it.

Serve with a dollop of crème fraiche, yogurt or sour cream and a sprinkling of fresh herbs if desired.

This week’s vendor list:


Salmon Creek Mama Baretta


Williams Ranch Edgeworks


Weirauch Costeaux


Offerings of the Land GaGa


Middleton Farms Gandolf


Hectors Honey Full Circle


First Light Water Horse


DeSantis Hue de Laroque


Laguna Farm Bumble Bee


Orchard Hilltop Honey


Bohemian California Coops


Armstrong Francos


Berniers Raymonds Bakery


Min Hee Vicki Kemp


EGB Willow


Nature Spirits Varda Rose


Twin Peaks Dominique


St Rose Winery Royal Hare


Walnut Orchard Mi Fiesta


Branch & Brine Cathy Wayne


Pepper Ranch The Garden Wild


The Black Sheep Farm Good gal Delights


Two Rock Cheese Threads of Time


Owen Family Run Around Brew


Truths Dolls


Not Yer Momma


Green Grocer mateoGranados


Ultimate SouvlakiPenang Kitchen























Super Bowl of Snacks

The Saturday market is the super bowl of snacks.   We have everything from soup to nuts.  Prepared and ready to go or everything you need to do it yourself.

Thinking about grilling and the carnivores:  our ranchers together are the best butcher shop in Sonoma County.  Owens Family Farm has lamb jerky and lamb salami.  Williams Lamb is having a sale on lamb riblets.   John Ford Beef will there Saturday — the best hotdogs.   Salmon Creek Ranch duck supplier to Chez Pannise will have goat this week.   Goat is another healthier option.  Black Sheep Farm – heritage pork .    Franco’s going to have brats, a good selection of sausages and some pates.

Make a beautiful platter of olives, nuts, and cheese.  Branch and Brine has flavored olives as well as their regular ones.     Weirauch Creamery and Two Rock have prize wining cheeses.  If you haven’t tried Two Rock’s goat milk brie or Gruyere  you are in for a real treat.  The Gruyere started as a college project for the owner’s granddaughter    It’s not available often, it’s worth a special trip.

Hue de Laroque and  Waterhorse Ridge both have great ingredients for making salsas, dips and marinades.     Allow extra time for tasting with these vendors.

Mi Fiesta has everything you need for your super bowl party.  Chips, dips, salsas, enchiladas, tamales, rice and beans.  Mi Fiesta has your favorites but they also have some unusual  salsas including one made with beer.

All of our prepared food vendors are caterers.    You can get it to re-heat at home.   Penang Kitchen’s creations can be easily be reheated.  The satays and sauce are amazing.   To get the Green Grocer’s Guiness Ribs, you have to call ahead 707-837-8113 .

All our vendors welcome special orders.

Gallery of Snacks




Think you don’t like walnuts?  This might be the reason.

Commercial walnut processing uses household bleach to clean walnuts.  Taste tests indicate people do not like the residual taste of bleach with their walnuts.

The market welcomes J/M Walnut Orchard from Kelseyville.  They only have slow dried walnuts – nothing added.   The walnut is the only ingredient.    Seasonal vendor.







You don’t need a map for the Wednesday market but it still has everything you need for the freshest and best vegetables and fruit.  There are  carrots, beets, turnips, greens, lettuces, fresh herbs, fresh and dried peppers, winter squashes of all shapes and sizes,big sweet onions , tomatillos, and scallions, eggs, beef, lamb, goat, and pork – sausages and a whole bunch of different kinds of bacon.   There’s more too!  Getting to be the last of the persimmons but new citrus is coming in all the time.  Now grapefruit, blood orange, pomelos and lots of lemons of all kinds.   We’ve got two bakers and great coffee for a quick pick me up.   The Green Grocer is in the house – no matter what you pick it will be the best breakfast you’ve ever had.

The market has a lot of red and gold –getting ready for the 49’ers.    Red and gold beet salad  — looking good and tasting good too!

Check out Waterhorse Ridge – a great collection of jam,salsas, chutneys and just cool stuff.

Armstrong Valley Farm has beautiful blood oranges for the perfect 49’er cocktail not too mention Bearss limes and meyer lemons.   Tom also has carrots that fit perfectly in the color scheme.

If your only interest is in the salad bowl Min Hee Hill Garden has beautiful, crisp lettuces.



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We aren’t just a pretty face.  Our vendors are the best at what they do.    Even though it’s winter, there’s no problem eating locally in Sonoma County.  The Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market has the most diverse collection of local farmers. ranchers, chefs and crafts people.

This is the vendor map for Saturday January 26th.


Space # Vendor Space # Vendor


St Rose Winery


Salmon Creek

3A Tables Not Yer Mamma Granola Edgeworks
Penang Kitchen Francos Luther Burbank Center
Sonoma Garden Designs Williams Ranch Ultimate Souvlaki
California Coops Two Rock Cheese Tables
X-oticals The Black Sheep Farm Royal Hare
Min Hee Costeaux Willow
Min Hee Stonehouse Mama Baretta
EGB Pepper Ranch Threads of Time Damselfly
EGB Full Circle Good gal Delights
Nature Spirits Weirauch Ranch Varda Rose
Cups of Nature Hue de Laroque Hilltop Honey Loraleis Covers
Walnut Orchard Owen Family Cathy Wayne
DeSantis Tables By the Elvin Moon Scott Wilson
DeSantis Green Grocer 1 Gandolf
Orchard Green Grocer 2 Mi Fiesta
Twin Peaks Tables Raymonds Bakery
Middleton Farms Mateo Granado Bolani – East West
Offerings of the Land Tables The Garden Wild
First Light Southern BBQ Vicki Kemp
Berniers Music
Dahlias Oh My Dominique
Armstrong GaGa
Bohemian Water Horse
Hectors Honey Bumble Bee


Information Run Around



Valentine’s Day is coming soon.  No panic!  The market is filled with both traditional and non-traditional gifts for your Valentine.

Shown here is a very unusual amaryllis from Daffodils, Dahlias and Lily’s  O My!   Savita also has bright red for the more traditional.   Heart-shaped things are always at the market, shown here are heart shaped soaps from The Garden Wild, and lovely heart-shaped earrings from Willow Design.  These vendors are at both the Saturday and Wednesday market.    For procrastinators, Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday and all three of these vendors are at the Wednesday market too.





Today marks the beginning of the season of the best-ever-winter tomato grown anywhere.    They are never refrigerated and taste remarkably like a summer tomato grown here.  Kelley Parson’s greenhouse is less then three miles from Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.

Wednesday and Saturday markets



Winter Root Soup

Chef Jennifer Una

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Chef  Una used white beets from Min Hee Hill Gardens.   Min Hee is at both the Wednesday and Saturday market.



The best way to get a complete taste of Sonoma is at the Santa Rosa Farmers Market.    Don’t have time to get to the olive festival?  We have Branch and Brine – wonderful locally cured olives including some cured on the branch, perfect for a martini.

Expand your vegetable horizons the market’s fruit and vegetable farmers have everything that’s seasonal from Sonoma County.   We have all the familiar faces  cabbages, kale, potatoes, lettuces. squash, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers. carrots, beets.  But we have a lot for you to try too,check out the Asian vegetables at Singing Frogs.

Tomorrow Chef Jennifer Una will prepare a winter root soup at 10. 11 and noon.  All the ingredients for the recipe will be available at the market.

It’s the perfect place to pick up game day snacks  Mi Fiesta is a one-stop party shop.  Everything you need salsa, chips, tamales, enchiladas and rice and beans.

Out wine tasting?  The market is located at the gateway to wine country and a great farm market breakfast is the perfect way to start your day.   Or maybe just coffee and a muffin.DSC00242

Good Gal Delights  is more than her name.


Carson Hunter  and Jocelyn Brabyn will have you tapping your toes







This weekend the market is Sunday January 20th instead of Saturday.   If you are hosting a 49’er party – you can pick up wonderful no hassle game day party food.   If you could care less about football, the market is located at the gateway to wine country – kick-off a tour with a great farm market breakfast.

EGB has wonderful fresh fruit but be sure and sample the flavored almonds — tequila lime is great.

A new and very popular item is the ice box pie from The Green Grocer.   Bring this pie to a game day party and you will be invited back every time.

Penang Kitchen specializing in Malaysian Street Food is worth a try.  They are introducing new things all the time.  Last week they introduced a variety of  satays  and they are all good.  The sauce is spicy and full of flavor.

Mi Fiesta can be a one-stop for all your party needs– chips, salsas, rice, beans, enchiladas, tamales — pretty much everything but the beer.

Our farmers, ranchers,chefs and artisans are ready to serve you.  They welcome special orders.  You can find their contact information here.