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


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

by Tina Castelli

New Oliver’s Market in Windsor

May 18th was the Grand Opening of the new Oliver’s Market in Windsor at the new Bell Village retail complex.  The doors opened at 7 am and there were hundreds of people waiting to check out the new place, so many that the public had to be let in in groups.  The first 200 people got a new Oliver’s shopping bag and they were gone with the first group.  There is a cute old truck at the entrance filled with watermelons for 49 cents a pound.  As you enter you are mesmerized with the beauty of this new store.  There is a huge produce department with produce from all over California.  There are huge pictures on the walls featuring local farmers and food producers.  The vitamin and herb section takes up 3 aisles with 2 knowledgeable ladies there to guide you to the right natural healing product.  

There is so much to see, so many things you don’t find in a regular grocery store, all the healthiest versions of foods in every department.  I just learned about Kefir and its powers to heal your gut and they have a whole refrigerator section full of different brands.  The meat and fish counters and the deli, all filled with beautiful selections.  There is a Taqueria with made to order Mexican foods, fresh scooped gelato and a dessert counter that looks like you are in Paris.  There are 2 self-serve salad bars, a hot food bar, olive bar, an extensive cheese display and shelves full of natural baked goods.  

The whole East side of the building houses a Tavern with a barista, made to order smoothies, a small menu of pub style foods and a wide selection of local wines and beers on tap.  The sign as you enter the Tavern says, children are allowed, you can purchase food from the Tavern menu or eat your purchased meals there with a local brew.  

Oliver’s staff was ready for a busy opening with smiling employees in every aisle there to help with any questions or needs.  Many were walking around with samples.  During the Opening weekend there were tasting sessions with local brew masters from St. Florian’s Brewery and winemakers from Balletto Vineyards.  This store is a foodie paradise, and well worth a drive from anywhere in the County to see what the folks at Oliver’s has built in Windsor.

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast on Father’s Day

The Windsor Kiwanis will be holding their annual Pancake Breakfast for Father’s Day, at the Windsor Farmers Market on Sunday, June 19th, from 9:30 – 12:30.  This breakfast is one of the best ones around with plain and blueberry pancakes, a slab of ham, eggs, fresh fruit, juice, coffee and tea.  8 years old and up - $9, Under 8 years old - $6, Under 3 – free.  Pick up your breakfast and eat out on the beautiful Windsor Town Green with your whole family.

Come for the Breakfast and stay for the Windsor Farmers Market with fresh local produce, preserved foods, crafts and activities planned just for the day.

The annual Dad’s Tractor Show with tractors new and old on display.  There will be a new tractor for kids to climb on.  Bring Grandpa and Dad and play the “What the Heck is it?” Guessing Game.  The Market has put together a collection of old gadgets from farms and ranches for you to guess what they are.  Prizes awarded for anyone who gets them all correct.

Windsor Summer Nights Concert Series and Farmers Market open on Thursday, June 9th with Super Huey, a Huey Lewis Tribute band.  Best bet is to arrive by 5 for a good parking space or ride your bike and get $2 to spend at the Market at the Bike Valet.  You can pick-up your dinner from one of the food vendors at the Market and find a spot on the Green to sit and relax.  The Market offers foods from cultures all over the world including Lata’s Indian food, Café Lucia Portuguese food, Ume & Chinois Japanese and Chinese cuisine, BurtoNZ meat pies from New Zealand, Min Hee Hills Korean egg rolls and Bahn Mi sandwiches and a new southern food vendor, Sonoma Crust cooking up some fried Chicken and Waffles, just to name a few.