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What's Up in Windsor -April 2016 - Tina Castelli


What's Up in Windsor - April 2016  - Tina Castelli

by Tina Castelli

The Town of Windsor had an idea 15 years ago, to start a Farmers Market in located at their new 5 acre Town Green, “In the Heart of the Community”.  They asked for advice from the longtime Manager of the Healdsburg Farmers Market, Rene Kiff.  Kiff suggested a couple of women who were vendors and involved at the Healdsburg Market, Lynn Davis and Glenda Castelli.  Lynn was an artist and sold her work at the Market in addition to being on the Board.  Glenda was a local farmer, sold grape jelly from the wine grapes in her vineyard and was also on the Board. The Town of Windsor hired the 2 ladies immediately and the Windsor Certified Farmers Market opened for its first season in 2001.

The Windsor Market is well known for its friendly people and its creative and “fun for the whole family” events.  These events are FREE to the public and include cooking classes for kids, tastings, country games, prizes and most importantly awareness of farming, cooking and buying locally.  

Upcoming events for Spring are:

Opening Day, April 3rd, Windsor Town Green, 10-1 pm

Town of Windsor Earth Day & Wellness Festival, April 17

Mother’s Day Cookie & Tea Tasting, May 8th

Kidz Day on the Farm, May 22nd 

When Lynn and Glenda first started work on the new Market in Windsor, they knew how lucky they were to have such a beautiful location with plenty of room to expand.  Although Lynn was unable to continue after the first year because her husband became ill, Glenda continued on building a Market that really fits the Town of Windsor.  Glenda retired at the end of the 2012 season and her daughter Tina took over and has continued to grow the Market and expand its events and education. 

 Happy, friendly faces can be seen coming and going from the Market each Sunday.  It has become a gathering place for locals and guests to discuss the latest in local news and to spend some outdoor time with their family and friends.  There is always live music at the Market with Brunch and BBQ vendors cooking up a “farm to table” plate of food for you to enjoy on a redwood picnic table under the trees.  

But, there is even something better, something really special that happens only at a Farmers Market.  We get to meet the people who grow and make our food, face to face.  We get to ask questions and we get cooking tips and recipes.  We get to talk to the designer of our next piece of jewelry or yard art and be part of the creative process.  We get to meet the woman who rolled out fresh pasta for our ravioli for dinner tonight.  We get to hand pick a loaf of bread to eat along with.  We get to know these vendors like new friends, we trust them and we respect them for their knowledge and for the dirt and flour under their fingernails.

The Windsor Farmers Market opens Sunday, April 3rd and continues through the summer and fall and surprisingly doesn’t close until Sunday, December 18th.  The Windsor Market is also held on Thursdays during the summer in conjunction with the Town of Windsor Summer Nights Concert Series starting Thursday, June 9th and runs 13 weeks ending on Thursday, Sept 1st.  The Kidz Dig It Cooking Classes are always on the 4th Sunday of the month.  All Kidz can sign up for the Kidz Dig It Club and get informed of contests and classes in advance.  Kidz Dig It members receive a shopping bag and $2 in Kidz Bucks every week they shop at the Windsor Market.  Kidz Dig It Club starts with kids of school age who are able hold a knife and mix ingredients and continues through middle school age.

The Windsor Market honors the SNAP/EBT program with a 50% match up to $10 per visit.  That means you can redeem $20 of EBT and receive an extra $10 in Match to spend at the Market.  Windsor also honors WIC coupons for families and seniors.  Like us on

Website is informative but a new easy to navigate website is in the works, visit  You will especially love all the fabulous recipes collected over the past 15 years from some of Sonoma County’s most talented folks, those who grow and produce our food.