Farmstand meets food trucks meets tomatoes: Kendall Jackson

Food trucks, produce and tomatoes? Count us in.

Kendall Jackson Wine Center kicks off their summertime farm stand with a massive heirloom tomato seed sale, estate produce market, artisan cheese tasting and food truck extravaganza this Saturday, May 7, 2011.  Consider it a one-stop-shop for just about every hot food trend happening this spring.

For greenthumbs: The extensive Kendall-Jackson culinary gardens are a tomato lovers’ paradise, harvesting nearly dozens of different varieties of heirlooms on their own property and hosting the annual Heirloom Tomato Festival each fall. For backyard gardeners, they’ll be selling more than 100 varieties of seeds and starts at Saturday’s event. They’ll go fast, so get there early.

For cheeseheads: K-J’s own curd nerd Tracey Shepos (formerly of Stark’s) will be sampling and selling local artisan cheeses as well as hosting cheesemaker Sheana Davis (Delice de la Vallee, Epicurean Connection) as the first featured cheesemaker.

For food truckers: The local mobile kitchens many of us came to know and love (and ultimately lose in downtown Santa Rosa) have been booked non-stop around Sonoma County, most recently getting a gig at the K-J market. Expect to see the usual suspect: Fork, Karma, Street-Eatz, Dim Sum Charlie’s and Chicago Style Hot Dogs on the 7th.

For loafers: Bakers Eric Frischkorn and Brandii Magliulo are bread and pastry whiz-kids who’ll be up at the crack of dawn to bake up fresh and yeasty goodies for the market.

For the fruit and veg crowd: Early season estate grown goodies including favas, lettuces, spinach, beets, carrots and frisee.

The Details: Saturday, May 7, 2011
Where: Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton, California (directions)
Farm Stand: 10am – 1pm
Plant Sale : 10am – 5pm (B.Y.O.B. – Bring your box / bag for packing your tomato plants.)
Food Trucks: 11am – 2pm

Missed this event? The farm stand will be held the first Saturday of each month from May through October (excluding September).