Petaluma East Side Farmers Market county's sixth year-round spot to shop
Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 4:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 4:01 a.m.
Sonoma County now has a sixth year-round farmers market. Last fall, the Petaluma East Side Farmers Market was launched by Agricultural Community Events, which also operates markets in Glen Ellen and Marinwood. The organization formed partnerships with several local organizations, including the Petaluma Healthcare District, Petaluma Health Center and St. Joseph's Health, which has helped the market be a near-instant success. It takes place on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center in Lucchesi Park.
During the winter, the market has about 46 vendors, a dozen of which offer fresh produce, and about 500 customers each week.
First Light Farms, which attends several weekly markets, currently has dry-farmed potatoes, kale and a selection of other winter greens. Dobbs Farm, located in Petaluma, has chard and kale; Gourmet Growers, also of Petaluma, has several types of mushrooms, including button, trumpet and shiitake.
Laguna Farms of Sebastopol attends, with delicious carrots, huge spaghetti squash, onions, winter greens, radishes, beets and more. Ortiz Farm of Santa Rosa also has a large and diverse harvest and is often the sole vendor with fresh cilantro.
There's a fair amount of fruit at this market. Twin Peaks Orchards has a good selection of citrus and big, beautiful persimmons. Lambert Apples has several varieties of apples, and Nana Mae's Organics attends, too, with both apples and apple products. Neufeld Farm currently has fresh oranges and a big selection of dried fruit.
Sonrisa Family Farm, located on the east side of Petaluma, has root vegetables, eggs from pastured hens and winter greens. Salvador Aguilar sells plants.
Two Rock Cheese goat cheese is available at this market and the Hummus Guy sells hummus, salads, sauces and flatbreads. Just Like Grandma's has jams.
Happy Hens Farm, located on Sonoma Mountain, sells goat, pork, beef and both chicken and duck eggs. Wyland's Orchards, which sells pork to Oliver's Markets, attends this market with pork, beef, chicken eggs, duck eggs and olive oil.
Bloomfield Bees sells its estate honey here, Full Circle Bakery of Penngrove offers its delicious hearth breads, Nan's Gourmet has a big selection of vinegars and olive oils and HomeMaid Pasta offers pastas and sauces.
Redel's has a big array of raw, roasted and flavored almonds and if you're looking for granola, you'll find it at Lifestyle Granola's booth.
There are a lot of prepared foods here to either enjoy on the spot or take home. You'll find Physis, which makes soups and sauces on the spot with vegetables from the market; Chai's Gourmet, with Vietnamese sandwiches and soup, and Fish On Chips with fish, chips and garlic fries. Red Rose has barbecued meats and fried chicken and Bros BBQ makes paella at the market. Mi Fiesta has delicious tamales, enchiladas and salsa. Caribbean Spice makes gumbo.
For coffee drinks, there's Cafe Mugshots. Sugar and Spice Bakery has cookies and cupcakes, including products that are gluten- and sugar-free.
The Petaluma East Side Farmers Market, founded in 2012 and currently managed by Kelly Smith, takes place on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lucchesi Park, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. The market is one of six that operate year round. For more information, visit communityfarmersmarkets.com.
Michele Anna Jordan hosts "Mouthful" each Sunday at 7 p.m. on KRCB 90.9 & 91.1 FM. E-mail Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll find her blog, "Eat This Now," at pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com