In midsummer, the Sebastopol Farmers Market is thriving, with waves of both shoppers and tourists arriving throughout the day. Lately, it is rare not to see several photographers and videographers filming the steady flow of colorfully dressed visitors and taking closeups of summer’s harvest.
Everything seems to be in season at this point, with the exception of poblano chiles, which have not appeared, but there are Padrons and sweet peppers.
There are also plenty of locally grown tomatoes. The Patch has had Early Girls and hybrid beefsteaks (perfect for salsa) for several weeks and is now beginning to harvest a colorful array of heirloom tomatoes, as well. This Sonoma farm also has onions, Romano beans, Blue Lake green beans, cucumbers, summer squash, basil and more.
Cliff Silva of Ma and Pa’s Garden typically sells out of his delicious potatoes within the market’s first hour and most of his tomatoes, deeply colorful and deeply flavored, with dense, silky flesh, are gone well before noon. Sometimes his small zucchini go quickly, too. Next Sunday, there will be big cabbages, too, perfect for making sauerkraut.
The Peach Farm, located in Winters, has a big selection of heirloom tomatoes, along with some good hybrids and lots of stone fruit.
Colorful cherry tomatoes are among Laguna Farm’s diverse harvest; they also have some of the only cilantro at the market, though sometimes New Family Farm has some, as well.
New Family Farm, First Light Farm and Orchard Farms also have diverse harvests, with lots of sturdy greens, delicate lettuces, sweet carrots, radishes, cauliflower and more.
Earthworker Farm continues to do a brisk business with its specialty salad mixes, sprouts and micro-greens.
Triple T Farm’s harvest includes what may be some of the year’s last Santa Rosa plums, small-leafed arugula, scallions, Padrons, squashes, hot sauce, serranos and eggs.
Twin Hill Farms is in the midst of its stone-fruit season. Singing Frog Farms still has those giant rutabagas, along with lettuces, squashes, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers and more.