From the Farm: Spring Markets

Usually we like to give you a weekly update on our farming efforts (or, “the farm project” as we call it), and how the fruits of those labors are used at the girl & the fig and the fig cafe.  Sadly, the farm is quiet this week, and not much of our own produce is making it into the kitchens.  There is plenty to look forward to, with heirloom tomato starts in the greenhouse, blossoms in the orchard, and buds on all of the perennial shrubs.

Perennial herb beds at the girl & the fig

Perennial herb beds at the girl & the fig

This is definitely the time of year when we count on our local farmers – and they never disappoint.  This week on our menus, spring alliums (courtesy of County Line Harvest in Petaluma) are popping up in dishes like shellfish stew with braised bacon, white beans, & white wine-onion broth.

So in deference to all of the hardworking Sonoma County growers, I thought I’d share with you when and where you can catch up with them this time of year.

The Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market www.thesantarosafarmersmarket.com

Photo Credit: The Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market www.thesantarosafarmersmarket.com

Early Spring Markets, Sonoma County:

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At the Farm: Stands & Markets (just a few, to be continued as the season progresses….)

  • Bear Foot Honey     By Appointment     4989 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa
  • Green String Farm     Winter: 10-5 Daily     3571 Old Adobe Road, Petaluma (*Also offering free farm tours, every Saturday at noon)
  • Tierra Vegetables Farm Stand     Thursday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4     Airport Blvd & Highway 101, Santa Rosa
Green String Farm, Petaluma, www.greenstringfarm.com

Photo Credit: Green String Farm, Petaluma, www.greenstringfarm.com

Of course, more will be springing up as the season gets going!

Don’t forget to check out our posts on what’s in season, along with recipe inspiration.

Now, head out and hug a farmer!

 

winter delights, and cooking through Plats du Jour

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It’s hard to imagine that there is a better Sunday than heading out, bundled up, to the farmers’ market, browsing (and tasting) through everything that’s delicious about winter in Sonoma, and then lugging home the haul to prepare a recipe from Plats du Jour that I’ve been drooling over for weeks.

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The colors at the market seem so much more bright and lovely in winter–maybe it’s the backdrop of greys, maybe all the deep reds and purples.  (Yes, we have year round farmers’ markets in this county!  Spoiled.)

The recipe: Wild Boar Ragout.

It’s simple, hearty, savory, and will have your house smelling of thyme and bay and slowly roasting flavors all afternoon.  Pure comfort food.

So this~

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Became this~

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Then this~

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Photo Credit: Steven Krause

(Ok, so mine was not quite this gorgeous, but it was that delicious.  As proof-I didn’t even have the chance for a photo of the end result because everyone dove in so quickly!)

Sunday, I miss you already.