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2019-06-29Jun 29, 2019

As far back as I can remember watermelons were at every picnic and every BBQ. It's the fruit that can feed a large group like none other. It's refreshing and delicious. There are in season and will be making their appearance at a farmers' market near you! 


2019-06-03Jun 3, 2019

The most beautiful smile in the world has been debated for centuries.  Could the most beautiful smile be the smile of desire?  The smile of contentment?  The smile of victory?  The smile of a muse has inspired men for centuries and one of the world’s most famous smiles, The Mona Lisa smile, will forever be a beguiling curiosity.  But all these smiles pale in comparison the best smile of all.  The one smile that rules all others.  That smile is … the Sonoma County Strawberry Patch Smile!  

2019-06-03Jun 3, 2019

Pie baking contest judged by local celebrities including Supervisor Lynda Hopkins and Sherrif Mark Essick. Download entry form. See official rules. Drop off entry forms at Russian River Senior Center or e-mail to  no later than 3:00 p.m. June 14.

2019-05-24May 24, 2019

Recipe for Brown Rice Carrot Fritters with Chipotle Sunflower Sauce.  Carrots are in season all year round in California but it seems they really show their abundance at farmers' markets in the summer. It's my go to vegetable since you can eat them raw or cooked and in so many dishes it's hard to not to find a use for them. The crisp, sweet taste brings me to think of summer time cook outs, picnics and just a good snack on a hot day. The origins of carrots have been tracked to the dry and hot lands of Iran and Afghanistan.

2019-05-02May 2, 2019

Some farmer's markets are open all year (see**), but most begin in May and June as farmers across Sonoma County harvest fresh crops and bring them to market for our eating pleasure. We are blessed to live where fresh, locally-grown and produced food is readily available. Our markets teem with fruits and vegetables throughout the season, and many have locally made products from quilts to jewelry, ready-prepared food so we can enjoy a meal at the market, and even live music for entertainment.

This list is up-to-date for 2019 so if you see any market we have missed, please so we can include every market in Sonoma County!

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

The apricot is a member of the rose family, as are plums, peaches, cherries and almonds. All of these fruits are known as drupes, a fruit with think skin, a pulpy middle, and a hard center enclosing a seed. Apricots ripen earlier then other fruits, which is why you find it early in the summer season. The Romans called apricot trees praecocia, which translates to precocious. The word would morph over time to the word apricot. 

2019-03-29Mar 29, 2019

Peas were grown in early times mostly for their dry seeds. Along with other beans as well as lentils, these formed an important part of the diet for most people in Europe during the Middle Ages. It wasn't until the 1600s that it became popular to eat peas "green" or immature and right after they are picked. France and England led the way in eating green peas. New varieties of peas were developed by the English during this time, this is where the "English peas" came from.  

2019-02-24Feb 24, 2019

Artichokes are quite amazing to me. When the plant fully flowers it looks like the largest thistle you ever saw, almost Jurassic in their appearance. They do hail from the thistle group which is an extension of the Sunflower family. Their name "artichoke" is derived from the Northern Italian words articiocco and articoclos. This latter term is supposed to come from the Ligurian word cocali, meaning pine cone. 

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