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The Bodega Bay Farmers Market is as sweet a market as you'll find.

Located adjacent to the Bodega Bay Community Center, it is bathed in the briny sea breezes that blow over the nearby Bodega dunes.

Even on a warm day, the air is cool and refreshing and if you listen carefully you might hear a delicate chiming of bells from the nearby bell tower.

Vendors ring the field, which is itself ringed by wind-whipped trees. Raymond's Bakery is the first stall you see as you enter the market. Go ahead, give in to temptation and snag something to nibble while you shop.

If you'd like a little cheese alongside, you'll find two vendors nearby. Achadinha Cheese Company, based in Petaluma, makes Capricious, an aged goat cheese; Broncha, a Portuguese-inspired cheese of goat and Jersey cow milk; feta and two curds, fresh and "California Crazy," a selection of curds flavored with herbs, garlic, cayenne, mesquite and more.

Dacheva Son's Cheese Co., also in Petaluma, attends this market, too, with their popular "Chihuahua," creamy mozzarella and asiago cheeses.

When it comes to produce, Bloomfield Farms is the market's heavy hitter, with lettuces, herbs, braising greens, cabbage, tomatoes, potatoes, squash and more.

If it grows in the ground at this time of year, Bloomfield Farms probably has it.

The diminutive Green Valley CSA, a much smaller endeavor, has beautiful produce, too, including green and purple pole beans, wild blackberries, garlic, beautiful little lettuces, fennel, small tomatoes and more.

Salmon Creek Ranch, located west of the town of Bodega, sells their popular duck eggs here, along with delicious duck, goat, beef and, often, some of the best organic dog treats you'll find anywhere.

Waterhorse Ridge attends with delicious jams, jellies, chutneys and salsas; the Hummus Guy is here with sauces and flatbreads and there's stone fruit and tomatoes from a farm in Winters.

Hydrosouls, which makes hydrosol blends for humans, horses and dogs, attends and will have several new products this week, including extraordinary chocolate, infused honeys and teas.

A hydrosol is a solution of water and herbal distillations. (The local company has a new store in Valley Ford; for more information, visit hydrosouls.net.)

Spectacular flowers from Star Mountain Gardens, familiar to anyone who attends the Occidental Farmers Market, are newly available at this market.

Northwest Catering, operated by chef Ryan Ramey and Samantha Hanan, offers a variety of delicious dishes, made on the spot with ingredients from the market.

They almost always have smoked salmon chowder, grass-fed beef burgers, breakfast sandwiches made with Raymond's breads and fish tacos.

This year, the market has added two visiting artisan vendors each week, on a rotating basis.

One week featured handmade wooden pepper mills. Windwalkers has been a vendor, too, with their handmade sheepskin slippers, boots and accessories.

Last week, the local volunteer fire department brought a vintage fire truck and the Free Bookmobile attends monthly.

There's live music every week, as well, and fields beyond the market where kids and dogs can run and play.

The market is a not-for-profit volunteer effort. All money raised -- from the sale of coffee and from booth fees -- benefits the Bodega Bay Community Center. Samantha Hanan serves as the volunteer vendor coordinator.

The Bodega Bay Farmers Market, founded in 2012 and managed by Diana Bundy, takes place on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from the end of May through the end of October.

It is located at 2255 Highway One in Bodega Bay.

<i>Michele Anna Jordan hosts "Mouthful" each Sunday at 7 p.m. on KRCB 90.9 & 91.1 FM. E-mail Jordan at michele@ micheleannajordan.com. You'll find her blog, "Eat This Now," at pantry.blogs.pressdemocrat.com.</i>