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Peachy keen recipes from Dry Creek Peach & Produce

       Sweet, juicy peaches are a sign that summer is in full swing.  I swung by the Dry Creek Peach & Produce farm stand last weekend in Dry Creek Valley, and the peaches were practically flying out the door. Not to mention the peach jam, peach wreaths and delicious peach lemonade.     The little five-acre farm tended by Eusebio Sayago and owned by Brian Sullivan and Gayle Okumura Sullivan boasts a total of 900, peachy-keen trees. Along with the… Read More »

Got tomatoes? Make ratatouille

   This past weekend, there was much to celebrate, but mostly  we celebrated the arrival of the first, homegrown tomatoes on the table.     On Saturday night, a friend came to dinner proudly bearing his first two tomatoes of the season. We sliced the Early Girls into quarters, salted them, bumped them against each other in a makeshift toast, and popped them into our mouths.  Delish.    On Sunday morning, another friend invited me to  an all-local  brunch  she made… Read More »

Infused waters a refreshing challenge at Wednesday market

    The weather is heating up, and so is the battle against childhood obesity.  To inspire tasty alternatives to sugary sodas,   a “Rethink Your Drink” flavored water contest will take place  this Wednesday afternoon  at the Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Market.        Infused waters can be made with fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, in cool combos such as s  cucumbers and mint, watermelon and lime, basil and ginger, nasturgiums and lemon zest.          The contest, sponsored by a North… Read More »

Happy Fourth at the Redwood Empire Farmers Market

      This Independence Day will be especially festive for the Redwood Empire Farmers’ Market, which is moving back to its original location on the east side of the Santa Rosa Veteran’s Memorial Hall  after residing on the west side for the past six weeks.   The market will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.     To celebrate the Fourth,  the market will be unfurling free treats for customers, discounts for veterans and… Read More »