HEAD TO YOUR LOCAL FARMERS MARKET FOR THE BEST OF THE SEASON'S BOUNTY OF PRODUCE, VEGETABLES, BREADS AND FLOWERS.
By visiting your local farmer’s markets early in the morning, you will likely see local chef’s scurrying to each booth looking for the most fresh and unique produce in town. There’s a reason why you see top chef’s frequent these quaint markets. The produce is like no other, fresh, hardy and coming directly from the farmer who has spent the day hand-picking their fruits of labor. You’ll also find farmers who experiment with new crops and varietals that lend to a creative cuisine. Experimenting with unique produce and flavors can add zest to your plate. So, head to your locals farmers market and get the best in what fresh produce has to offer.
La Plaza Park
June 30-Aug. 28
Behind Blue Heron Inn
25300 Steelhead Blvd.
11 a.m.- 3 p.m.;
Town Square and the Footbridge 4-7 p.m.; Opens May 5
Vine & North; , 9 a.m.-noon
Healdsburg Plaza; , 4-6:30 p.m.; June 1-Oct. 26
Walnut Park, 4th & D
2-5 p.m.; May 22-Oct. 30
Oakmont: Wells Fargo parking lot, White Oak & Oakmont
9 a.m.-noon; all year
Santa Rosa Original
Wednesdays and Saturdays
Veterans Building parking lot, 1351 Maple St.
8:30- noon; all year
Santa Rosa Downtown
4th and B streets
5-8 p.m.; May 19-Aug. 25
New Town Plaza
10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Through November
Sonoma Plaza, by City Hall
5:30 p.m.-dusk; through Oct. 26.
Depot Park on First Street West; 9-noon; all year
Windsor Town Green;
10-1 p.m.; May 9-Nov.21
5-8 p.m.; June 10-Aug. 26
1546 Lincoln Ave.
8:30-12:30 p.m.; June 5-Sept. 25
First and Main streets
4-8 p.m.; May 28-Sept. 23
Copia, south parking lot; and Saturdays
Crane Park; 7:30-11:30 a.m.
Wed. 4p.m.-8p.m., Jun-Oct
SUMMER COCKTAIL RECIPE
2 oz. Charbay Key Lime Vodka
2 sprigs of mint
1 oz. fresh lemon†juice
1 cube of†sugar
>>Muddle the mint, lemon juice and sugar in the bottom
of a Collins glass
>>Fill the glass with ice and add the vodka; fill to the top with
ginger beer (Market uses Cock N Bull)
Market Restaurant | St. Helena
1347 Main Street
Charbay Winery & Distillery |
St. Helena, CA
OYSTER FARMS ON THE SONOMA COAST
For a unique and tasteful wine country picnic experience, take a road trip on scenic Coast Highway One to the tiny town of Marshall, California. There you will find, Hog Island Oyster Company that grows and sells over 3 million oysters a year. Since 1982, the Hog Island Oyster Company has been farming West Coast oysters of the highest quality. Today, several varieties of oysters and clams are raised and farmed in the traditional French rack and bag method. Awarded for their world-class oysters, Hog Island Oyster Company is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, from 9 to 5, all year long. Live, farm-raised oysters and clams may be purchased to take home or to eat on site.
Bring a picnic, a bottle of wine (Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect match) and enjoy oysters plucked fresh from their nearby beds! Shucking knives, waterfront picnic tables & BBQ kettles are provided for a small fee.
Hog Island Oyster Company |
||Each issue we will spotlight three of our favorite Wine Country restaurants here.
With a regularly changing menu, Owner and Chef Josh Silvers’ SYRAH restaurant has become a local favorite since opening in 1999. The restaurant prides itself on obtaining locally grown, organic ingredients prepared in a disctinctive style.
SYRAH | SANTA ROSA
205 5th Street
On Railroad Square
Located inside the Vineyard Creek hotel, Seafood Brasserie and its Executive Chef Liz Ozanich, have introduced cuisine that is inspired by classic country French influences that incorporate only the freshest and finest Sonoma regional products and the best of Northern California seafood. An atmosphere of enjoyment and simplicity that celebrates the wine country dining experience.
SEAFOOD BRASSERIE | Santa Rosa
170 Railroad Street
Worked up an apetite by walking and shopping in the Sonoma Square? CUCINA VIANSA offers tasty sandwiches along with specialty foods items. This Italian-style kitchen offers a great selection of fresh local products, salads and meats. From the wonderful aromas of their wood-burning grill, to the freshly made risotto and fresh pasta dishes. After your meal, enjoy a nice espresso to go along with your homemade sorbet or gelato.
CUCINA VIANSA | SONOMA
400 First Street East
You'll find listings of all your favorite restaurants and nightspots, and a few you haven't tried yet, in our DINING section.
In California’s Gold Country
Nearly everyone has had a disappointing experience
with supermarket-bought summer berries. You're doing your weekly grocery
shopping and are tempted by the blueberry special – only $2.99! – so you
buy a package or two and bring them home. The hammer falls, however, when
you sprinkle them on your morning cereal the next day only to find that
the berries are moldy.