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    Early October Fresh Harvest

    Clear October days are great for taking walks and picking up bright fall leaves. If you are headed to the farm market this week, keep in mind that in many regions of the the northern hemisphere the first true frost of autumn is just around the corner. Eggplant and peppers will soon be making their […] More

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    The End of September Harvest

    It really does feel like the end of summer here in the Sonoma Valley this week. The weather has turned breezy and slightly cooler. At the farm market in the Sonoma town plaza this past Tuesday evening a sweater was in order once the sun dipped below the valley edge. Our growers still have a […] More

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    Early September Fresh Harvest

    Bean Scarlet Runner The heat lovers come into their own this time of year: melons, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, lima beans and corn. And the potato and sweetpotato crops will be coming on storng in the next weeks. Enjoy your visit to the farm market this week. Here’s a list of some of the crops that […] More

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    Early August Fresh at the Farm Market

    August is truly the month of plenty. All of the vegetable and fruit gardeners’ and farmers’ hard work seems to come to fruition in August. This is the month that we had in the back of our minds back in April, May and June. Time to get out the garden harvest basket and enjoy the […] More

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    Early July Fresh at the Farm Market

    How hot is it where you live? It’s been toasty hot here in the Sonoma Valley this week, approaching the high 90’s everyday this past week. Of course, that is good news if you are a tomato or zucchini. They seem to be doing just fine! And the first local watermelon should be making an […] More

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    First Farm Market in Spring

    Early spring has arrived in the Sonoma Valley and Northern California. The first taste of spring wherever you live is asparagus. When the first shoots of asparagus appear, you can be assured the ground has thawed and the temperatures are going up, even if every so slightly. This is the third week that asparagus has […] More

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    Farm Market Fresh: Mid-January

    Five nights of sub-freezing temperatures around much of California last week was a good thing for crops that benefit and actually thrive on freezing weather during their dormant time of the year—the grapes, plums, peaches, and apples that will be harvested later this year. But the severe cold snap—which broke at least temporarily this past […] More

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    The Farm Market In Early January

    Persimmon November 2

    How is your winter? Many farm markets have not missed a scheduled day so far this winter. Here is a list of what you will find at the farm market in much of the country this week. First of season: Grapefruit, oranges, lemons, kiwi, red cabbage, scarlet turnips, winter broccoli. Peak of season: Almonds, arugula, […] More

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    Fresh This Week: Fall Harvest Continues

    The fall harvest continues with the first persimmons and pomegranates coming to market now. Persimmons have a tangy-sweet taste and creamy texture. The most popular is the Hachiya, which is also called Japanese persimmon. There is a native American persimmon which originates in Virginia. It is smaller than the Japanese persimmon and much more flavorful. […] More

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    Late August Farmers Market

    Why is August called the lush harvest month? The answer is at the farmers’ market this week. Here is a list of the fresh fruits and vegetables I found at the farm market this past Tuesday at the farmers’ market in the Sonoma plaza. The bounty is likely to very similar where you live. First-of-season: […] More

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    Height-of-the Season Harvest

    Ripe tomatoes and corn! Eating fresh is habit forming. The very best corn, cucumbers, eggplant and tomatoes of the year are at the farm market this week. Here’s a list of just some of the crops you will find at your growers’ stands as the month comes to a close: First-of-season: Asian pears, chilies, gobos, […] More

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    Farm Market Fresh

    If you are headed out to the farm market this weekend, here’s this week’s update on the fresh vegetables and fruits your growers are likely to have on hand: First-of-season: Apricots, cucumbers, snow peas, shelling peas, yellow waxed beans, green beans, melons, squash, red onions, sweet yellow onions, garlic, radishes summer squash and zucchini. Peak-of-season: […] More