For the fifth year the Forestville Certified Farmers Market will return for a season of food, fun and live music. Wendy Flowers, owner of Shear Pleasure Salon and president of the Forestville Chamber of Commerce, is the new market manager. Flowers took the reins from Mary Rand, who managed the market for several years.
“Last year was good, but I’m hoping this year it really takes off,” she said.
The small town, community-oriented spirit is what Flowers said makes the farmers market unique.
“I think people here are really into supporting each other,” she said.
The market is located at the downtown park on Front Street and will be open 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning June 5 and runs through October.
The Forestville Chamber of Commerce sponsors the farmers market. Flowers said this year the market received a $2,000 grant from Sonoma County to help with costs.
All the vendors from last year with the exception of one will be returning and Flowers said she hopes to add even more to the list including a yogurt vendor and a popcorn vendor.
“Generally we have 25 to 30, but I am hoping to get in the range of 35,” she said.
As a “certified” market, attendees know those who grow the produce are the ones selling the produce. Farmers featured at this year’s market will be: Ortiz Brothers of Santa Rosa providing healthy veggies and seasonal fresh cut flowers; Green Valley Farm of Forestville, offering a variety of certified organic veggies; Rojas Family Farm bringing stone fruit, oranges and grapes early in the season from the central valley; Confluence Farm of Sebastopol with high quality special produce; Min-Hee Hill Gardens of Sebastopol, providing certified organic produce, salsas, pickles, and kimchees; SunRise Ranch, of Forestville, offering tree ripened pluots, plums, apples, peaches, pears, table grapes and Chicken Girl eggs.
According to the farmers market website, visiting farmers may vary each week. Gourmet Growers of Petaluma bring a selection of mushrooms and Armstrong Farm of Guerneville offers eggs, potatoes and a variety of veggies.
For the food lovers, the market will feature an array of vendors including Tamales la Olla Fatboys serving up handmade tamales and Fatboy hot dogs, Fruity Moto Fresh fruit smoothies, ice cream, and other desert treats and Sinful Fusion serving a tasty aromatic combination of Turkish, German, Italian and California cuisine, Lata’s Indian Cuisine, serving up savory Indian cuisine.
Fresh baked specialty breads, focaccias pastas, feta pies, baklavas and more from Cannetis Roadhouse Italiana Restaurant located directly across the street will also be available.
The Hummus Guy, will be selling his local and organic hummus along with pita chips, feta pies and baklavas. Achadinah Cheeses will be offering handcrafted artisan cow and goat cheeses from their ranch in Petaluma. California Balsamics will be on site with products featuring the finest fruit essential oils, rice bran oil and balsamic vinegars.
The dog and family-friendly event will kick off with live music from Joy Ride. Parking will be available this year in the Forestville Downtown Park parking lot. Remember to bring cash, as many vendors will not have the means to accept debit or credit cards.