As the weather warms up, the great outdoors of Sonoma County come alive with activity and renewed life. Of all the events going on this time of year, the opening of the region’s numerous seasonal farmers markets is one of the most anticipated. Although there are a few markets that stay open year-round, the spring and summer months offer a much wider variety of fresh food options. Each market is a unique experience and a great opportunity for both locals and visitors to bask in the beauty of wine country while browsing through vendors and catching up with friends. Here are some of the best Sonoma County farmers markets to check out.
Cloverdale Community Market & Exchange
Address: 225 North Cloverdale Blvd.
Cloverdale, CA 95425
The Cloverdale Community Market & Exchange opens at the beginning of April and runs through December, operating on Tuesdays from 3PM-6PM. Vendors include Bernier Farms, Duncans Mushrooms, Franco and Dennis Dunn Sausages, Grey Creek Olive Oil, Preston Farms, Russian River Farm, and Flour Girl. Also, be on the lookout for Stacey Goods, who will be set up with flowers and candles.
Cotati Community Farmers Market
Address: La Plaza Park (at West Sierra Ave and Old Redwood Highway)
Cotati, CA, 94931
Since 2001, the Cotati Community Farmers Market has been a community staple. A range of items are offered every Thursday from 4:30PM-7:30PM during June through August. There is a park and playground nearby, making it a family-friendly event for all ages.
Healdsburg Farmers Market
Address: North and Vine Streets
Healdsburg, CA, 95448
Founded in 1978, the Healdsburg Farmers Market is one of the oldest certified markets in Sonoma County and has quite a bit for visitors to see and do. It is held every Saturday 8:30AM-12PM, May through November and Wednesdays 4PM-7PM, June through October. It features a wide selection of produce, meats, eggs, dairy, and condiments. There are also special events that everyone will enjoy, such as Zucchini Races, pumpkin carving contests, cooking demonstrations, and live music.
Rohnert Park Farmers Market
Address: 500 City Center Dr.
Rohnert Park, CA, 94928
Open Fridays from 5PM-8PM June through August, the Rohnert Park Farmers Market is a great way to kickoff the summer weekends. Aside from farm fresh produce, there are also arts and crafts, live entertainment, and libations to look forward to.
Santa Rosa Farmers Market
Address: 50 Mark West Springs Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
The Santa Rosa Farmers Market is one of the area’s few markets that are open all year. It’s open Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:30AM-1:00PM. There are a large number of vendors that gather every week to offer a diverse assortment of products, and there is seating for dining on site, as well as live music. Many events are held throughout the year, including the Gravenstein Apple Celebration, Tomato Tasting, SAVOR, and Bike Day.
Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers Market
Address: W Napa St. and Broadway
Sonoma, CA 95476
Each Tuesday night, May through September, the Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers Market invites the community to shop for healthy food choices from an array of vendors while listening to live music from local talent. Along with the different prepared and packaged foods, there is wine and beer, crafts, and professional services.
Russian River Farmers Market
Guerneville, CA, 95446
From 3PM-7PM every Thursday night, visitors will find a myriad of fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and much more at the Russian River Farmers Market. Food can also be purchased made-to-order for a fun evening out.
Regardless of where you live or are vacationing in Sonoma County, there is sure to be a farmers market nearby that will have everything you need to keep your kitchen stocked with the freshest food available.
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