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Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers' Market, Sonoma, Tuesdays, 5:30pm-dusk: On Tuesdays, Sonoma's historic square becomes the hottest place in town with food trucks, stalls, and picnics on the lawn - paired with live music, beer and wine. Whether you're on the hunt for honey or artichokes, Thai or Filipino food, craft beer or poké bowls (there are two vendors), you'll find it at the "party market" on the Plaza. Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to dusk through September 25, Sonoma Plaza, vomcfm.com.
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Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market, Fridays 9am-12:30pm: Friday morning at Sonoma's Depot Park is not only the best place to catch up on the latest news and gossip, it's also a great spot for stocking up on fresh food. The market, which has been around since 1985, offers fresh eggs, cheese, honey, garden starts, spices, and more - including meat and poultry from Victorian Farmstead and fresh bread from local favorite The Bejkr. A handful of artisans sell their creations here, including handbags, soap, and ceramics. Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Arnold Field Parking Lot, North 1st St. W., svcfm.org. (Photo by Alvin Jornada)
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Kenwood Community Farmers' Market, Sundays 10am-2pm: The village of Kenwood celebrates its local bounty with a Sunday market at the parking lot of St Patrick's Episcopal Church. Friendly faces and fresh produce can be found here, as well as local artisan goods. This is a great place to mix and mingle with locals and, if you're still hungry post market nibbling, pop over to Café Citti or VJB Cellars for an Italian lunch. Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June 3rd through Sept. 30 at St Patrick's Episcopal Church, 9000 Sonoma Hwy. communityfarmersmarkets.com
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Petaluma Farmers Markets, three locations, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday: Petaluma serves up plenty of farm fresh foods at three farmers markets: a year round East Side market (every Tuesday, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lucchesi Park) and two seasonal markets - Theatre District (every Wednesday 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., June 6-Aug 29), and Walnut Park (every Saturday 2 p.m.-5 p.m., May 12-Nov 17). Each of these markets feature some 40 vendors that sell produce and products ranging from fresh seafood and fruit to spices, cookies, popcorn, and mosaic art...you get the picture. communityfarmersmarkets.com. (Photo by Beth Schlanker)
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Cotati Community Farmers' Market, Thursdays 4:30pm-7:30pm: On Thursday nights, locals flock to La Plaza Park to stock up on fresh produce from farmers while sampling Thai food, Spanish paella and handmade empanadas. Artisans sell their wares to the sound of local bands; parents sip wine and beer while watching their kids ride a pony or play in the bouncy house. Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. from June 7 through Aug. 30 at La Plaza Park at West Sierra Ave. and Old Redwood Highway. communityfarmersmarkets.com. (Photo by Mark Aronoff)
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Rohnert Park Community Farmers' Market, Fridays 5pm-8pm: Rohnert Park's seasonal market touts "live music, libations and farm fresh produce." It's a lively Friday scene where families, college students, farmers and artisans mingle. Whether you're on the hunt for fresh fruit or tasty snacks, you'll find plenty to enjoy here (including the famous Trader Jim's pineapple whips!). Original acts and cover bands provide the market's soundtrack. Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. from June 1 through Aug. 31 at Rohnert Park Plaza, 500 City Center Dr. communityfarmersmarkets.com. (Photo by Beth Schlanker)
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Santa Rosa Community Farmers' Market, Wednesdays 9am-1pm: This year-round market is a Santa Rosa gem, featuring an (almost) overwhelming number of local superstar vendors like Revolution Bread, Santa Rosa Seafood Raw Bar & Grill and Bud's Custom Meats. New additions include The Silo, a no waste "grocery store" offering pantry essentials like rice, beans, flour and dried herbs in reusable containers. Every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. communityfarmersmarkets.com. (Photo by Heather Irwin)
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Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm: If you've driven up highway 101 on a Wednesday or Saturday morning, you've most likely seen the sprawling market at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. This farmers market features fresh produce raised or grown in California. School groups get $1 per student to spend at the market (contact the organizers in advance). Check the market's Facebook page for special events, including clothing swaps and cooking seminars. Every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd. thesantarosafarmersmarket.com. (Photo by Kent Porter)
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West End Farmers Market, Santa Rosa, Sundays 9:30am-2pm: Santa Rosa's historic Railroad Square is the site of this colorful market that aims to support the economic development of the area. Artisanal wares are paired with high quality farm foods; enjoy charcuterie from Sonoma County Meat Co., savory and sweet treats from Criminal Baking Co. & Noshery, and more. An eclectic mix of local musicians perform on stage and you can travel to and from the market by SMART train, so don't forget your Clipper Card. Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May 6 through Oct 28 at #9 4th St, Santa Rosa, wefm.co. (Photo by Beth Schlanker)
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Windsor Certified Farmers Market, Thursdays 5pm-8pm, Sundays 10am-1pm: From asparagus to peaches, you can check off plenty of things on your grocery list at the Windsor Certified Farmers Market. The market features 30 vendors and foods from farmers that specialize in everything from heirloom tomatoes to Black Angus beef. There's also a large selection of prepared foods available, as well as food trucks and artisan stalls. Kids under 12 can learn how to prepare fresh and healthy food at the Kidz Dig It Club. Thursdays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. from June 7 through Sept. 6 and Sundays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through December 9 at the Windsor Town Green, windsorfarmersmarket.com. (Photo by Conner Jay)
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Healdsburg Farmers' Market, Tuesdays 9am-1pm, Saturdays 8:30am-12pm: This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Healdsburg Farmers Market and, for the first time, the market will take place two days per week - making it even easier to stock up on that fresh produce. The market features fruit, vegetables, honey, cheese, olive oil, bread, wild-caught fish, locally raised meat and more. Entertainment includes live music, cooking demos, zucchini races and an annual pumpkin festival. Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from May 29 through Aug. 28 on the Plaza and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to noon from May 5 through Nov. 24 at West Plaza Parking Lot at North and Vine Streets. healdsburgfarmersmarket.org(Photo by Crista Jeremiason)
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Cloverdale Tuesday Farmers Market, Tuesdays 3pm-6:30pm: One of the newest markets in Sonoma County, Cloverdale's Tuesday market continues to grow with more vendors and activities. This year's vendors include Duncan's Mushrooms, The Flour Girl baked goods, Grey Creek Olive Oil, Franco's One World Sausages, and Preston Farm and Winery. Every month there's a special event, such as strawberry shortcake making (June 19), ice cream socials, cookbook swaps, and a tomato festival. Tuesdays 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from April 3 through December 18 at 225 N. Cloverdale Blvd., cloverdaletuesdayfarmersmarket.com.
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Sebastopol Farmers' Market, Sundays 10am-1:30pm: Locals looking for the best bounty in West County head to Sebastopol on Sundays. Located on the Sebastopol Plaza, this market has something for everyone, including unique offerings like vegetable-based pasta from Beet Generation, fair trade chocolate from Fire Fly, locally foraged mushrooms from Oyster Creek, and bone broth from - you guessed it - the Bone Broth Company. You'll also find a massage therapist, knife sharpening, natural skin care, and healing crystals and stones from various vendors. Sundays 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sebastopol Plaza, sebastopolfarmmarket.org. (Photo by Beth Schlanker)
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Forestville Certified Farmers Market, Tuesdays 4pm-7pm: At the end of the West County Regional Trail, you'll find Forestville Certified Farmers Market. Lounge in the shade of oak trees, sample wine and beer, peruse fresh produce and nibble on bites from local restaurants like Canneti Roadhouse Italiana and Lata's. Tuesdays 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June 5 through September, across from Canneti Roadside Italian Cucina at 6990 Front St., forestvillefarmersmarket.com.
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Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market, Fridays 4pm-dusk: Occidental's market has been offering up local produce and wares since 2002. Three quarters of the market is dedicated to farmers and food providers, the remaining part includes artisan goods and services and there's live music every week. To keep things eco-friendly, organizers ask that attendees bring their own washable plates and containers to help cut back on waste. Fridays 4 p.m. 'til dusk from June 1 through October at 3611 Bohemian Hwy., occidentalfarmersmarket.com.
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Bodega Bay Community Farmers Market, Sundays 10am-2pm: On an excursion to the coast, pick up picnic provisions or have brunch at the Bodega Bay Community Farmers Market. In addition to fruit, veggies, meats, cheese, chocolate and other market staples, this year, the market has four new vendors serving ice cream, olive oil, roasted almonds, hummus and stuffed olives. Different food trucks visit the market each week, and there's live music and creations to buy from local artists. You can fly your kite, too. Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May 27 through October at the Bodega Bay Community Center, 2255 Hwy 1, bodegabaycommunitycenter.org.
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