Fresh From Our Farmers: A street fair atmosphere at Windsor market

  • Shirley Ranieri, of Point Arena, dances to the music of The Bell Brothers during Windsor's Farmers Market on the Town Green, June 14, 2012.

The Windsor Farmers Market, which opened for its 2014 season in April, has always been as much a community event as a destination for local produce and other farm and ranch products.

It has the air of a street fair, with a lot of crafts vendors, prepared foods and entertainment, and there is a special emphasis on kids and families.

"We asked Costeaux (Bakery, in Healdsburg) to bring their pizza crusts and sliced bread," Tina Castelli, the market's manager explains, adding that these are two items families with small children appreciate.

This coming Sunday, the market celebrates children, with "Kidz Day on the Farm."

In addition to the usual round-up of vendors, there will be cooking classes for kids, solar slot cars, a LEGO barn building contest, youth performances and much more.

People4Parks will host "Playdate in the Park" at the nearby Windsor Town Green Playground in conjunction with the market's celebration.

When it comes to produce, several familiar vendors attend, along with new vendors and a few who sell only at this market.

Ortiz Farm of Santa Rosa, with its abundant year-round harvest, is here, as is Hector Alvarez with his popular honey, beeswax candles and seasonal produce.

Min-Hee Hill Farms of Sebastopol attends and currently has beautiful greens, spring garlic, seedlings and more, including their delicious ground dried chiles. All are delicious but I'm particularly fond of the smoked serrano and the chipotle powder.

Blasi Ranch attends, too, but most of its delicious citrus was lost to the hard freeze this winter. Currently they have a little, along with walnuts. EGB Farms has peaches, apricots, nectarines and flavored almonds. Neufeld Farms, best known for its dried fruits, has fresh stone fruit, too. Gourmet Growers of Petaluma has mushrooms, Grandma's Pumpkin Patch is selling eggs, handmade aprons and pot holders, and Krout's Sunset Ranch currently has spring garlic and Romanesco squash, a delicious variety of summer squash. Reyes Farms has tomato starts and eggs, with more to come soon.

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