Nothing brightens up  a dish or drink like citrus.   When it’s rainy and cold, it’s citrus time in Northern California.    DeSantis Bella Fruita has the most amazing array of citrus but you can find.    But locally grown citrus is at many of the stalls including Armstrong Valley Farm and Min Hee Gardens.    There are a lot of  Meyer Lemons at the market.

 

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This Wednesday is also National Pickle Day.  It’s never to late to make pickles.  Although it is getting close to the end of cucumbers for the year.  Min Hee Gardens is down to the end of their great selection of cucumbers.   But pickles can be made from lots of different vegetables, green beans, onions, summer squash just to name a few.

The Wednesday market is a great place to meet up for coffee or more.  The Windsor Green Grocer serves up breakfast every Wednesday morning.   It’s all locally sourced and all so good.   The Green Grocer also sells cured pork products .

GaGa Cafe is there with the best coffee and you can buy the beans too.

Citrus and persimmons are back and DeSantis has a nice selection.  They also have avocados.

The Patch is still at the market probably until Thanksgiving but they have tomatoes, green beans, onions, peppers  — the most beautiful display of peppers in every color.

The Dreamcatcher Ranch brings a great selection of meat to the Wednesday market.   Currently they have beef, pork and goat.    Goat is a very healthy meat – low in fat.

Thank you Peter Staatz@p_staatz  Rt”@pantrycooking: My pickling mentor passes this Spicy Dill Pickles refrigerator recipe  easy refrigerator pickle recipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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Got the mid-week- bored- blues?  the perfect-pick-me-up is the Wednesday morning market at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.

Right now you could call it the  Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich market.    The long torturous wait for local tomatoes is over and now it is time for the BLT

Outdoor tomatoes grown in Sonoma County are here all varieties from early girls to heirloom.     Amazing bacon is available from Dream Catcher Ranch and The Windsor Green Grocer.   Full Circle Bakery has the perfect bread for your BLT – no matter what that choice is.    And while lettuce is often treated as just an accessory, we disagree and think it needs to be crisp and crunchy.  Find your perfect lettuce at Min-Hee Garden.  There are lots of varieties of lettuce in market now.

If you’d rather have someone else make your BLT – we nominate the Windsor Green Grocer.  We believe his BLT belongs in the Sandwich Hall of Fame.  And you can have it during BLT season at the Wednesday morning market.

If you are not a fan of bacon- skip the b and add any number of wonderful seasonal options – cucumbers, gypsy peppers, or try a slice of  perfectly ripe peach!

The Wednesday market has duck eggs, chicken eggs, coffee beans, coffee, coffee drinks, pastries, bread, jams, condiments, beef, duck, pork, bison, salmon, halibut, cod,mushrooms – varieties of fresh and died, honey, beeswax products,seasonal produce and fruit .   Wednesday only vendor Ridgeview Farm has the most beautiful seasonal bouquets and full bunches of zinnias.

There are also handcrafted soaps, unique jewelry and items crafted from old silverware, and beautiful hand-sewn napkins, shirts and more.

 

Current Wednesday Vendors

 

Run Around Brew

Edgeworks Knife Sharpening   every other week

Full Circle Bakery

Waterhorse Ridge Jams and More

Mi Fiesta   Tamales, enchiladas salsas etc

Vicki Kemp napkins, clothing crocheted sweaters

Willow Designs handcrafted jewelry, aprons, scarves

Gaga Café perfect cup of coffee and beans plus other drinks

Garden Wild handcrafted artisan soaps and crèmes

Carson’s Catch smoked salmon on Wed

Salmon Creek Ranch duck, duck eggs, beef

Redel flavored almonds   every other week

Dream Catcher Ranch   — pork, lamb, bison

Windsor Green Grocer   farm market breakfasts  THE BLT

Redwood Empire Farm  seasonal produce

Sebastopol Berry  berries and more berries

Beet Generation   seasonal produce

Hector’s Honey  honey, beeswax products and seasonal produce

DeSantis  fruit, nuts, dried herbs

Armstrong Valley seasonal produce

Bohemian Well Being fresh and dried mushrooms  The best selection in Sonoma Couunty

Ridgeview    Seasonal produce and flwoers

Min-hee Gardens   Seasonal produce, dried peppers, pepper plants, garden stakes

EGB Fruit   Seasonal fruit and nuts

Patch   Seasonal produce

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Combs Ranch   Paula Combs Wurlitzer. Orchard Fruit from Butte County — Apricots, Figs, Olive Oil, Almonds.

If you are a fan of the apricot –the Wednesday market is a must.   She has several different kinds and you can taste before you buy.

Vendors at the Wednesday market include:  Mi Fiesta great prepared foods -tamales, enchildas, chile rellanos , seasonal salsa, chips, tortillas, rice and beans , The Patch -wonderful seasonal produce including fresh sweet onions, Armstrong Valley Farm –new potatoes, Hector’s Honey honey but lots of great produce grown within two miles of the market,  Parsons Homegrown -the tomato that’s here now also grown within two miles of the market, organic plants and vegetable starts from Nature Spirits also grown within two miles of the market.   Everyone’s favorite — the Sebastopol Berry Farm is back at the Wednesday market: blueberries and raspberries all organic.  Carson’s Catch has  wild Alaskan salmon, cod and halibut all flash frozen on the boat.  Dreamcatcher ranch is featuring lamb these days but be sure and ask about their meat CSA particularly the bacon box!   DeSantis is here with there great variety of seasonal fruit –the very end of the citrus and the start of the stone fruit.  Min-Hee Hills Garden brings the most beautiful produce to the market and it doesn’t just look good — it tastes good too.  Damon also has some unusual Thai pepper plants  – the peppers start out black, turn green and then red.  He also has the peppers for sale.   If you are looking for a healthy snack you can’t beat Redel’s Roasted Almonds.   The Garden Wild has wonderful soaps and creams  most made from farm market products.  Waterhorse Ridge brings their enormous selection of jams, chutneys, salsas and other condiments.  Patricia Greer either grows it herself or buys it from the market.  Full Circle Bakery has wonderful breads to put Patricia’s jams on.  Run-Around -Brew is here for a wonderful coffee-break or get your day started and Gaga Cafe is in the house with just beans.  Shone Farm another neighbor is also a Wednesday vendor.  Country Rhodes is also a Wednesday vendor and they have tomatoes — summer tomatoes (they are from a slightly warmer place.)   Willow Design brings her clever gifts  including a wide range of items made out of old silverware….bud vases and bracelets…and much more.  And there is more.

 

 

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Occasionally there are spring almonds that look like fuzzy uncured olives with a soft nut that you pop out to snack on.    But rarely does DeSantis Bella Fruta have the even younger version, those with merely a jelly-like idea of an almond so you can eat the entire thing, pod and all.   It tastes like a cross between a very tart apple and a cucumber.

“Even cooked they are still fantastically intriguing – the citrusy jellied center liquefies and pops when you bite into the still-crunchy little orbs.”  read more from Squid Ink

“You can enjoy green almonds whole, fuzzy green soft shell and all, or cleaned, eating only the kernel within. Whole green almonds are much more sour than shelled. The shelled fresh nut is dewy and mildly tart. Tsagala are delicious both ways. In Crete, where most edible wild foods find a vast multitude of uses, whole tsagala are added to goat stews, which are finished with avgolemono (the egg-lemon liaison that enriches myriad Greek dishes). They are also simmered with onions and tomatoes and added to delicious concoctions of braised wild greens, which can include wild fennel, tender sorrel, chervil, young leeks, tomato and broad bean shoots, spring onions and a hint of tomato paste. Cooked greens stews exist in many parts of Greece and go by several different names.” read more at Zester Daily

This is a short season item.  DeSantis is at the Wed and Sat market and they always have something interesting to try.

 

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