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Two Santa Rosa Farm Markets

Don't freak out! Veteran's Hall and Wells Fargo Center will now have markets

Santa Rosa Farmers Market
Sonoma County Farmer's Markets

If you loved one Santa Rosa farmer’s market, you’ll be doubly excited that we now have two…

Here’s the scoop: On Saturday, May 19 there will be a changing of the guard at the Santa Rosa Veteran’s Hall farmer’s market. Taking over is the Redwood Empire Farmer’s Market. You’ll find old favorites like Santa Rosa Seafood, Gleason Ranch, Leon Day Condiments and Redwood Empire Farm, The Ravioli Lady and Cookie, Take a Bite along with newcomers including Sebastopol’s Victorian Farmstead Meat, Republic of Paradise, Adel’s Sausage and French Garden Farm.

They’ll have magic shows at 9 and 11am, along with other family-friendly activies.

Meanwhile, the Original Farmer’s Market moves northward to its new home at the Wells Fargo Center parking lot with Bohemian Well Being Farm (mushrooms), Costeaux Bakery, Foggy River Farms, Salmon Creek Ranch and Tierra Vegetables among others.

Both will be open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, so take your pick of the best stuff Sonoma County has to offer.

Here are a list of vendors at the Santa Rosa’s Original Certified Farmer’s Market, according to their website: http://thesantarosafarmersmarket.com/vendors/

The REFM website does not have a listing of vendors currently, but sent the following information via email regarding vendors they anticipate on Saturday:

Bellwether Farms
Felton Acres
French Garden Farm
Fulton Creek Nursery and Farm
Gleason Ranch
Neufeld Farms
Neve Brothers
Ortiz Brothers
Peppahead
Santa Rosa Seafood
Skyview Nursery
Sonoma County Honey
Dacheva & Sons Cheese (formerly Sonoma Mountain Cheese Co.)
Spring HIll Jersey Cheese
Tolay Twisted Farms
Triple T Ranch
Bella Rosa Coffee Co.
Cook’s Spices
Cookie.. Take a Bite
Nicky’s Flour Creations
Homemaid Ravioli
Just Like Grandma’s
Leon Day Condiments
Malaysia Mei
Mi Fiesta Catering
OG Coffee
Pan-o-Rama Baking Co.
Republic of Paradise (Filipino food)
Nellie’s Oysters
The Handmade Pantry
The Kettles Corn show
The Smoked Olive
Ghost Eye Planters
Talented Lady Jewelry
O’Malley’s Knife Sharpening
JJ’s Bottlecap creations

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56 thoughts on “Two Santa Rosa Farm Markets

  1. LOVE the new market @ the WFC!! Excellent variety of vendors and huge crowd. Perfect location for me! Will be there weekly.

    1. I’ve added a link to the SROCFM website ilsting vendors. I have listed REFM Vendors sent to me on Wednesday. Vendors are not listed on their website currently.

  2. My preference was the Redwood Empire group at the Veterans building. Great energy and sense of community. A noticable difference that customers were commenting on. Awesome turnout for their first market & all my faves were still there….I go for veggies & Santa Rosa Seafood. Wells is far enough away that both will probably succeed, but I like the mojo of the new group at the Veterans building.

  3. Went to both markets as well… I have to say my favorite pitstop is the pour-over coffee booths at both markets. I’ve had both Ga-Ga and Bella Rosa Coffee Company. For me personally, there’s no comparison. Ga-Ga offers Ecco Coffees which are now roasted in San Francisco. Bella Rosa roasts their own coffees right here in Santa Rosa. Aside from the local aspect, the coffees at Bella Rosa win hands down!

    1. LOVE the “Rosa Blend” from Bella Rosa! That, Nellie’s Oysters and a few other favorites will keep me going to the Vets building.

  4. REMINDER: Tomorrow is Wednesday, Wednesday has both Farmer’s Markets, I’m looking for some strawberries and peaches, not sure if they will be available during the day but I will report back if I can scrape up the cash to get to both.

  5. Santa Rosa Seafood has a retail shop now and the fish is often a couple of bucks cheaper at the store then in the farmers markets.
    Santa Rosa Seafood
    46 Santa Rosa Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95404
    (707) 579-2085

  6. Santa Rosa Seafood has a retail shop now and the fish is often a couple of bucks cheaper at the store then in the farmers markets.
    Santa Rosa Seafood
    46 Santa Rosa Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95404
    (707) 579-2085

  7. REMINDER: Tomorrow is Wednesday, Wednesday has both Farmer’s Markets, I’m looking for some strawberries and peaches, not sure if they will be available during the day but I will report back if I can scrape up the cash to get to both.

  8. Went to both markets as well… I have to say my favorite pitstop is the pour-over coffee booths at both markets. I’ve had both Ga-Ga and Bella Rosa Coffee Company. For me personally, there’s no comparison. Ga-Ga offers Ecco Coffees which are now roasted in San Francisco. Bella Rosa roasts their own coffees right here in Santa Rosa. Aside from the local aspect, the coffees at Bella Rosa win hands down!

    1. LOVE the “Rosa Blend” from Bella Rosa! That, Nellie’s Oysters and a few other favorites will keep me going to the Vets building.

  9. My preference was the Redwood Empire group at the Veterans building. Great energy and sense of community. A noticable difference that customers were commenting on. Awesome turnout for their first market & all my faves were still there….I go for veggies & Santa Rosa Seafood. Wells is far enough away that both will probably succeed, but I like the mojo of the new group at the Veterans building.

  10. So I ventured out to both of them today, WFC first. Not only did we see the market, but the Center’s sign was also annoucing it. I never took into consideration the visability aspect. Win for SRCFC.

    Parking is equal to Vets building with the exception of MULTIPLE enterances and exits. Win for SRCFC.

    The vendors and REFM were light this week, but I am sure that will change. There were more at WFC, and quantity is not always better. But what was added realy makes the market feel full, making it better than it was before. Win for SRCFC.

    The REFM changed sides of the lot that was in use. I like it where the put it because of the shade from the trees. I think it will only get better and look forward to that.

    There were no spice vendors over at the new market. Both of my favorite spice people stayed at the vets building. I wish them the best of luck there.

    For those of you who love the coffee at the market as much as I do, this is for you.I am not going to pit one vendor against the other except in this case. Gaga Cafe went to the new location and looking to be good over there. Coffee excellent as usual. I was happy to see Bella Rosa Coffee step in to fill the void at the Vets building. The coffee is proccessed in a similar fashion, but not quite the same ( I won’t say how). I realized that, although it is a cup of coffee, the love and care that goes into it at Gaga was not present at Bella Rosa. A good cup of coffee at BR, but not really close to Gaga Cafe.

    In summary, the new(old) market at WFC not only exceeded my expectations, but I know it also did the same for most of the venders as well. If I had to choose just one I would go here. REFM can and I hope will get bigger and better. It will only serve us as consumers of local products very well if we can support both.

    1. I really like the new space for the Original market, it’s quite scenic and cozy against the trees with the vineyard behind and the morning light on the hills. I sort of forgot it’s in a parking lot.

      And not much farther a drive, 5 miles vs 1.5 for the old spot, for me. I found the parking and access in/out much easier. And the turnout was impressive! Got there right at 8:30 and so did a lot of other people. Later in the morning it might even get too crowded as the summer peaks.

      Was delighted to find that nearly all my regular vendors were there, and had a good time trying some new ones. I will miss most the Sebastopol Berry Farm so when blueberries are in I may swing by the new market on my way home.

      This controversial episode in the Original market’s history really highlighted for me and many other customers how much ownership we feel about the market and how special a need it fills in our lives. The market is not really that much about location, it’s about the people who sell and buy there, and having the right mix of vendors. So the Original market has pretty much all I need. I am soooo relieved it has turned out this way. In the end I think this move, and this conroversy, has revitalized an already thriving institution.

      If the other market changes its time or day of the week I would consider shopping there too, but the Original market will remain my No. 1 choice as it has for the last 22 years.

    2. Trev… couldn’t disagree with you more. I found the Bella Rosa vastly superior to Ga-Ga… to each his own I guess.

  11. LOVE the new market @ the WFC!! Excellent variety of vendors and huge crowd. Perfect location for me! Will be there weekly.

  12. So I ventured out to both of them today, WFC first. Not only did we see the market, but the Center’s sign was also annoucing it. I never took into consideration the visability aspect. Win for SRCFC.

    Parking is equal to Vets building with the exception of MULTIPLE enterances and exits. Win for SRCFC.

    The vendors and REFM were light this week, but I am sure that will change. There were more at WFC, and quantity is not always better. But what was added realy makes the market feel full, making it better than it was before. Win for SRCFC.

    The REFM changed sides of the lot that was in use. I like it where the put it because of the shade from the trees. I think it will only get better and look forward to that.

    There were no spice vendors over at the new market. Both of my favorite spice people stayed at the vets building. I wish them the best of luck there.

    For those of you who love the coffee at the market as much as I do, this is for you.I am not going to pit one vendor against the other except in this case. Gaga Cafe went to the new location and looking to be good over there. Coffee excellent as usual. I was happy to see Bella Rosa Coffee step in to fill the void at the Vets building. The coffee is proccessed in a similar fashion, but not quite the same ( I won’t say how). I realized that, although it is a cup of coffee, the love and care that goes into it at Gaga was not present at Bella Rosa. A good cup of coffee at BR, but not really close to Gaga Cafe.

    In summary, the new(old) market at WFC not only exceeded my expectations, but I know it also did the same for most of the venders as well. If I had to choose just one I would go here. REFM can and I hope will get bigger and better. It will only serve us as consumers of local products very well if we can support both.

    1. I really like the new space for the Original market, it’s quite scenic and cozy against the trees with the vineyard behind and the morning light on the hills. I sort of forgot it’s in a parking lot.

      And not much farther a drive, 5 miles vs 1.5 for the old spot, for me. I found the parking and access in/out much easier. And the turnout was impressive! Got there right at 8:30 and so did a lot of other people. Later in the morning it might even get too crowded as the summer peaks.

      Was delighted to find that nearly all my regular vendors were there, and had a good time trying some new ones. I will miss most the Sebastopol Berry Farm so when blueberries are in I may swing by the new market on my way home.

      This controversial episode in the Original market’s history really highlighted for me and many other customers how much ownership we feel about the market and how special a need it fills in our lives. The market is not really that much about location, it’s about the people who sell and buy there, and having the right mix of vendors. So the Original market has pretty much all I need. I am soooo relieved it has turned out this way. In the end I think this move, and this conroversy, has revitalized an already thriving institution.

      If the other market changes its time or day of the week I would consider shopping there too, but the Original market will remain my No. 1 choice as it has for the last 22 years.

    2. Trev… couldn’t disagree with you more. I found the Bella Rosa vastly superior to Ga-Ga… to each his own I guess.

  13. Not Yer Momma’s Granola is very excited to be part of the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmer’s Market at is moving tomorrow to the Wells Fargo Center for the Performing Arts. We look forward to seeing our wonderful customers, friends and family there.

  14. I heard that most of the vendors are moving to Wells Fargo – could you let us know who will be where? Thanks.

    1. I’ve added a link to the SROCFM website ilsting vendors. I have listed REFM Vendors sent to me on Wednesday. Vendors are not listed on their website currently.

  15. Not Yer Momma’s Granola is very excited to be part of the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmer’s Market at is moving tomorrow to the Wells Fargo Center for the Performing Arts. We look forward to seeing our wonderful customers, friends and family there.

  16. PS, It was pointed out to me that my earlier statement that the market would be on the EAST side was incorrect. That’s what the REFM folks told me in our earlier discussions, but perhaps that has changed. I’m sure smart folks will figure it out, and there will be plenty of signage.

  17. PS, It was pointed out to me that my earlier statement that the market would be on the EAST side was incorrect. That’s what the REFM folks told me in our earlier discussions, but perhaps that has changed. I’m sure smart folks will figure it out, and there will be plenty of signage.

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