Summer is something special in Sonoma County.  All three markets are full of the fruits and vegetables of summer.    Gaga Cafe is at all three markets with a smile and a great cup of coffee.  Eggs and locally raised meat at all three markets.  Hector’s Honey, EGB (seasonal fruit) and The Patch (Sonoma grown vegetables) are at all three markets.

The Wednesday market has a great prepared food the best pop-up food court — Green Grocer andPenang Kitchen   –great menus and food to eat at the market or to go.    Each also sells ingredients to make your cooking easy and tasty. Wednesday market  8:30- Noon  Luther Burbank Center for the Arts   Full Circle Bkery has wonderful pastries to go with that great cup of  coffee from Gaga Cafe.

Wednesday July 30th Vendor List

Wednesday Market

Agricultural

Hectors Honey

Armstrong Valley Farm

EGB Farm

The Patch

Sebastopol Berry Farm

Min-Hee Hill Garden

Penny Royal Farm
Navarro Vineyards

Ridgeview Farm

The Beet Generation

Leap Frog Greens

Farm Sinclair

Dreamcatcher Ranch

Non-Agricultural

Full Circle Bakery

Gaga Cafe

Waterhorse Ridge

My Comfort Zone

Viki Kemp

The Garden Wild

Starting from Scratch

Willow Designs

Dr. Cindy Zafis (allergist)

Prepared Foods

Green Grocer

Penang Kitchen

Thursday market      9:00- 1pm         1450 Guerneville Road  (Across from Penny’s side entrance at Coddingtown)

Saturday market       8:30 – 1pm     Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

 

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The Patch  Heirloom tomatoes  Wed Thurs and Sat markets

The Patch Heirloom tomatoes Wed Thurs and Sat markets

Summer tomatoes are here.  Big time and earlier than usual.    Once you’ve had the first BLT, then what….  Speaking of BLT’s — you can get tomatoes and bacon at the Thursday market opening today at Coddingtown.  The Patch and Dreamcatcher Ranch are both at the Thursday market.

The easiest tomato recipe we’ve found (besides just eating them right out of your hand) is grilling thick slices so fire up the grill or heat up your grill pan

Charred Heirloom Tomatoes with Fresh Herbs

Ingredients

  • 4 large firm heirloom tomatoes (about 10 ounces each), cored, cut horizontally in half
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, divided
  • 5 tablespoons (about) extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Preparation

  • Arrange tomatoes, cut side up, on rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then 1 1/2 tablespoons each oregano and thyme leaves. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons oil. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
  • Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Brush grill rack with oil. Place tomatoes, cut side up, on rack. Cook until bottoms are charred, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn tomatoes over and grill just to sear, about 1 minute. Turn cut side up onto platter. Sprinkle with 1/2 tablespoon each oregano and thyme, then drizzle with more oil, if desired. Serve warm.  You can use a grill pan on a stove top for the same results.

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Starting at 9:30 AM,  Sonoma County Council on Aging will distribute $20 coupon books to eligible low income seniors.   The coupons are good at many farmers markets through-out the county.

Wednesday is always senior buck day at the market.

Gaga Cafe is at the Wednesday market selling  coffee beans.  Ask Gary about the best way to make iced coffee.   And he is always happy to share the secret of his great tasting coffee.

Wednesday is a less hectic market and it’s an opportunity to talk to the farmers and ranchers about their products.   If being sure the meat and poultry you eat is meat and poultry not chock full of antibiotics , questionable fillers and  fed full  things you aren’t interested in consuming.  Learn from the ranchers about how they raise their animals.

Joselyn at Salmon Creek Ranch can give you the low-down on ducks.  Did you know ducks eggs are not like chicken eggs.   Salmon Creek also has beef and goat.   Chez Panisse buys from Salmon Creek.

The Dreamcatcher Ranch is another Wednesday regular; a small family farm raising both traditional and “heritage” livestock.    They  do not give their animals hormones or unnecessary medication.   Right now they are featuring lamb.  Ask about their CSA program  -it’s a good deal.

The Wednesday market is just as diverse as Saturday just a little easier to maneuver.

 

 

 

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