Given Sonoma County’s mild weather, the growing season runs year-round, from spring lettuces, to summer apples, fall grapes and winter melons. That means many local farmers’ markets operate year-round, too.
Still, summer is an extra special time, when berries abound, stone fruits hang heavy on the branches, gardens brim with zucchini, and vines burst with tomatoes of all color.
Here are some of the best-know farmers’ markets, where you can often see top Wine County chefs shopping for ingredients:
Healdsburg Farmers Market
Saturday (May-November): 9 a.m.-noon; one block west of the Plaza on Foss Creek
Wednesday (June-October): 3:30-6 p.m., in the Purity/Cerri Lot on North Street between Grove and Foss streets
Petaluma Farmers Market
Saturday (May-November): 2-5:30 p.m., in Walnut Park, on the Corner of D Street and Petaluma Boulevard
Wednesday (June-August): 4:30-8 p.m., on 2nd Street between B and D Streets.
Santa Rosa Farmers Market
Wednesday (year-round): 8:30 a.m.-noon, in the south parking lot of the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, off Highway 101
Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in the same location as the Wednesday market
Sebastopol Farm Market
Sunday (year-round): 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in Sebastopol Plaza on Weeks Way in downtown Sebastopol.
Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers Market
Tuesday (May-October): 5:30 p.m.-dusk, behind City Hall on Sonoma’s Plaza
Sonoma Valley Certified Farmer’s Market
Friday (year-round): , 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Arnold Field parking lot at 241 West First Street, Sonoma
Windsor Certified Farmer’s Market
Sunday (April-December): 10 a.m.-1 p.m., on Market Street in Old Downtown
Thursday (June-August): 5-8 p.m., same location as Sunday
But there are also lesser-known markets to explore, offering neighborhood specialties like cheese (Bodega Bay), breads (Occidental and Forestville), and grape specialties (Cloverdale and Kenwood).
Bodega Bay Community Farmers Market
Sunday (May-November): 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2255 Highway 1
Cloverdale Certified Farmers' Market
Friday (June-September): 5:30 p.m. to dusk, Cloverdale Boulevard, (Between First and Second streets)
Cotati Farmers Market
Thursday (June-September): 4:30-7:30 p.m., La Plaza Park, downtown (Old Redwood Highway and West Sierra Avenue)
Forestville Farmers' Market
Tuesday (May-October), 3-7 p.m., 5700 Highway 116 North
Kenwood Community Farmers Market
Sunday (June-September): noon-4 p.m., Kenwood Plaza Park, 200 Warm Springs Road
Occidental Farmers Market
Friday (June-October): 4 p.m.-dusk, downtown Occidental.
The Petaluma East-Side Farmers’ Market
Tuesday (year-round): 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lucchesi Park-Petaluma Community Center, 320 North McDowell
Rohnert Park Farmers Market
Friday (June-September): 5-8 p.m., at City Center Plaza (next to the library), 600 City Center Drive
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