Dechava Son's Cheese Company

This is a great story resulting in great cheese This is a brand new cheese company.
The cheesemaker got his start at Bellwether and is now making great cows milk cheeses some in the style of his native Mexico. There are both familiar and new style cheeses. He makes a ricotta style that will turn any dish from daily to special occasion.

The mozzarella is creamy and melty good. The blue style has just the right amount.
These are cheeses to cook with and enjoy plain. Stop by on Saturdays for a taste and to learn about the cheeses.

Dechava Son's Cheese Company Saturday

Red Popcorn

Miniature ears of popcorn in red - Perfect for movie night and holiday giving (and eating.) The popped corn is rimmed in red - makes any time a festive occasion

Find it at Tristano's Tolay Twisted Farms
This is the home of an amazing collection of squashes as well

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Smoked Brown Sugar

You could give this to everyone on your holiday gift list and no one would complain.

The Smoked Olive has smoked brown sugar.

Just get a whiff of it and your cooking imagination will run wild.

here are some comments
Ken Pontac | June 17, 2011 5:34 PM | Reply

I've been a fan of this incredible oil for years. It's my go-to hostess gift, and is always appreciated. The brown sugar is an amazing and versatile ingredient that turns a simple carrot and turnip soup into a transcendent elixir. A must for any serious kitchen, and many frivolous ones as well!
Margie | June 5, 2011 1:23 PM | Reply

Just came back from the St. Helena Farmers Market and bought the last 2 containers of smoked brown sugar. It has got to be THE food product of 2011. It smells fabulous and I can't wait to use it on some salmon and meats.

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Shopping is fun at the market

We absolutely positively guarantee you will not be pepper sprayed by another customer while holiday shopping at Santa Rosa's Original Certified Farmers Market

Free and easy parking. Open until 1 pm. Come for breakfast and stay for lunch.

As well as all the regular vendors - In December there will be more artists than usual.

Saturday, December 3rd find beautiful holiday decoration -- several styles of christmas wreaths - Ridgeview Farm and Aroma Floral with dried wreaths and live wreaths from Occidental.

Emily with her Glorious Gourds is here.

Diane with Lorilai's Covers - those really cute children's hats.

Ami Sol with children's clothing.

Willow Designs, Peter Bailey and Gary Chappell with quality jewelry.

Damselfly Designs with fun tie dye.

Vicki and Renee with women's, cool shirts for men,clothing,table cloths, napkins - it's where you want to buy gifts for yourself.

Kirsten's beautiful cards and prints of fruit and vegetables.

Holly Jordan Sonoma Kitchen Linens with wooden spoons, cutting boards and hand painted dish towels.

Damselfly Designs one of a kind garments and lots and lots of tye dye including the coolest socks around.

The market is a great place for gifts. For the pepper heads - there are fresh peppers and of course Peppahead and a number of vendors make their own hotsauces Triple T among them.

Order a farm market basket...or market gift certificates

Pictured hats from Lorilai's Covers

Market vendors tell their stories

Seattle Independent multi-media journalist and videographer Jack Olmsted visits Santa Rosa. It's a great tour whether you are local or just visiting.

Video Blog

Interviews at the market: get to know the stories about the people at the market

Barbara Walker Walker Ranch Apples

Brenda Chatelain The Smoked Olive

Paula Downing Market Manager

Amy Macintosh Assistant Market Manager

Curcurbitaceae family

As members of the Curcurbitaceae family, winter squash come in a multitude of sizes and colors. With hard shells, some have a shelf life of up to 6 months under proper storage conditions.

Winter squash are a rich source of carotenes as well as an excellent source of vitamins C, folic acid and B1, potassium and dietary fiber. When selecting winter squash, look for ones that feel heavy for their size and have dull hard rinds. Due to their hard nature, winter squash are easiest baked.

But there are plenty of other great recipes such as these from All Recipes