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.

 

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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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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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Sep

06

2012

An apple a day… that’s all we ask

Celebrate fresh, local apples at the market this Saturday, September 8th.  Free Tastings

Does an apple a day keep the doctor away?    This old Welsh proverb actually applies to all round fruit — but the apple does have some excellent nutritional benefits.

  • Pectin — Pectin is a form of soluble fiber than lowers both blood pressure and glucose levels. It can also lower the levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol in the body. Pectin, like other forms of fiber, helps maintain the health of the digestive system. Apples are an excellent source of pectin.
  • Boron — A nutrient found in abundance in apples, boron supports strong bones and a healthy brain.
  • Quercetin — A flavonoid, this nutrient shows promise for reducing the risk of various cancers, including cancers in the lungs and breast. It may also reduce free radical damage. Free radicals develop when atoms in the body’s cells have unpaired electrons, which can lead to damage to different parts of the cell, including DNA. Quercetin may neutralize free radical damage, which has been implicated in a variety of age-related health problems, including Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Vitamin C — Vitamin C boosts immunity, which helps maintain overall health.
  • Phytonutrients — Apples are rich in a variety of phytonutrients, including vitamins A and E and beta carotene. These compounds fight damage from free radicals and can have a profound affect on health, including reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and asthma.

Apples also act as a toothbrush, cleaning teeth and killing bacteria in the mouth, which may reduce the risk of tooth decay. They’re also low in calorie density, one of the trademarks of a healthy food. When a food is low in calorie density you can eat good size portions of the food for relatively few calories. In addition, apples are affordable and readily available.

Supermarket shoppers can’t easily tell which apples are fresh and which from storage, but customers atfarmers’ market can expect to find the new crop, including the sought-after heirlooms.

“Apples held in cold storage for three months contain lower levels of antioxidants. With extended storage, they also lose flavor and aroma; they can go floury quickly unless kept in the fridge.”

The Saturday market has a number of farmers with a variety of apples including  heirlooms including some that are the few remaining trees of antique types.  Wednesday, Ridgeview Farm, with over 50 different kinds of apples through-out the season, attends the market.

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“What jumps out most is the abundance of different types of fruits. Many of the stalls offer free samples and everything we tasted was sweet and fragrant. We ended up with nectarines, peaches, strawberries, and blackberries.”  read more from Beantown musings.

Added to the peaches, plums,nectarines, strawberries, raspberries. blackberries apples and pears are now appearing in the market.

Asian Pears from DeSantis Farm Wednesday and Saturday market

Apples and Pears from Ridgeview Farm Wednesday only

Photos by Elinor Burnside

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The Wednesday market is the only Santa Rosa market Ridgeview farm attends.  They have the first apples of the year and Ridgeview is also home to wonderful seasonal flower bouquets.  Right now -it all about zinnias.   Zinnias are long lasting and come in beautiful bright colors — perfect for summer.   Ridgeview also has lettuces, fresh herbs and french breakfast radishes.

DeSantis has the first table grapes of the year – crisp and crunchy – table grape varieties you won’t find at the grocery store.

Redwood Empire Farm has tomatoes big and small.    The Patch should have tomatoes this week too.

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