Don’t forget — we are in the North Parking Lot starting today. Bigger, better, nicer for our customers.

The Patch is back and it’s summer squash-a-palooza.

Welcome to Sinclair Farm– heritage vegetables — everything has a name. Plus bacon avocados grown locally. This avocado does well in cooler climates and is rather delicate
so you don’t see them in stores. Lee’s farm is in Mays Canyon right outside of Guerneville and his avocados come from his mother’s property in Forestville.

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Michele Anna Jordan published a recipe that should be named Santa Rosa Farmers Market Roasted Duck.

Fresh cherries are at the market. Salmon Creek Ranch has the best duck. Jordan recommends a pinot noir wine with this dish. St. Rose Winery is at the market. You can find both fresh tarragon and dried tarragon at the market.

Roasted Duck with Cherries and Tarragon
Makes 4 servings
1 duck, about 4 pounds
—Kosher salt
—Black pepper in a mill
1/3 cup red wine
1/3 cup duck or chicken stock
2 small tarragon sprigs
¾ pound fresh cherries, pitted
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and set a heavy ridged pan in the oven.
Remove any fat in the cavity of the duck and reserve it for another use.
Use the tip of a sharp knife to pierce the skin of the duck all over the legs, thighs and breast.
Season the duck inside and out with salt and pepper.
Set the duck, breast side up, in the ridged pan and bake for 20 minutes. Open the oven and carefully turn the duck breast side down. Cook 20 minutes more.
Remove the pan from the oven and pour off as much fat as possible. Turn the duck breast side up and add the red wine, stock, tarragon and cherries to the pan.
Return to the oven and cook 20 minutes more.
Remove from the oven, cover the duck lightly with a sheet of aluminum foil and let rest 15 minutes.
To carve the duck, set it on a clean work surface and cut the the leg and thigh joints, reserving any juices that are released. Slice the breast. Arrange the duck on a platter.
Working quickly, set the pan over medium heat, add the butter and swirl until it is just melted. Remove from the heat, taste and correct for salt and pepper.
Remove and discard the tarragon sprigs, spoon the juices and cherries over the duck, sprinkle the minced tarragon on top and serve immediately.

Make it for Mom!

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Garden Massage has joined the Wednesday line-up and the chair massage is perfect for a quick fix in the middle of the week.

After your massage – the best BLT ever from The Green Grocer or pick up the supplies to make it at home. Tomatoes- Parsons Homegrown, bread- from Full Circle Bakery, and your choice of lettuce depending upon what you like our farmers have a lot of different lettuce varieties. The Dreamcatcher Ranch has a bunch of different kinds of bacon – sliced thick or thin and with and without nitrates and some different cures.

Do some leisurely shopping for Mom. Willow Design has beautiful bracelets made by recycling silverware. The Garden Wild has handcrafted soaps and lotion. The scents are wonderful. If your Mom is a foodie check out the jams from Waterhorse Ridge. It’s the combination of flavors that really stand out. She has sweet and savory and new things all the time. These are the ingredients that become the base of your soon-to-be-famous BBQ sauce.

Our farmers bring the best selection of Sonoma-grown fruit and vegetables. Even though the Wednesday market is smaller, the variety of produce is still excellent and it’s all local.

This week Edgework Knife Sharpening is at the Wednesday market. Your Mom would love you best if you got her knives and garden tools sharpened.

Duck eggs at the Wednesday market too.

Wednesday Vendor List:

Hectors Honey
Min-Hee Hill Garden
Dreamcatcher
Bohemian Wellbeing
Armstrong Valley Farm
Sinclair Farm
Salmon Creek Ranch
Parsons HomeGrown
Full Circle Bakery
Gaga Cafe
Waterhorse Ridge
Local Spicery
Comfort Zone
Willow Designs
Massage Garden
Mi Fiesta Catering
Edgeworks Sharpening Services
The Garden Wild
Penang Kitchen
Green Grocer

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Mark your calendar The market is closed Saturday May 4th Open Sunday May 5th.
Get ready for Cinco de Mayo at the market. It’s another great excuse to have wonderful Mexican food.

Mi Fiesta has a wide range of ready to heat and eat Mexican dishes. Be adventurous try some of their seasonal salsas. Chips, salsas, rice, beans, tortillas, enchiladas, tamales and there will be specials!

Alma’s Oilcloth and Chucherias will be at the special Sunday market. As well as her clever oil cloth designs, Alma also has wonderful paper decorations imported from Mexico, perfect party decorations for Cinco de Mayo or any festive party.

From Wikipedia “Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16

The Battle of Puebla was important for at least two reasons. Firstly, although considerably outnumbered, the Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army. “This battle was significant in that the 4,000 Mexican soldiers were greatly outnumbered by the well-equipped French army of 8,000 that had not been defeated for almost 50 years.” Secondly, it was significant in that, since the Battle of Puebla, no country in the Americas has subsequently been invaded by any other European military force”

It’s a good time to celebrate the wonderful contributions Mexico has made to the melting pot that is America.

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May

01

2013

Don’t Forget Mother’s Day is May 12th

Shop for your Mom at the farmers market. The market has something for everyone’s Mom. You can go with the traditional gifts – flowers, candy, handkerchiefs or give her some dinners she doesn’t have to cook or clean-up after. Gusto Pasta, Mi Fiesta and Bolani – Afghan food all have prepared meals. In addition all of the prepared food vendors can package things to go and many sell ingredients.

Here are a few more ideas but the best way is to come to the market! There is a lot to see.

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