Sonoma County Produce Stands
- Melanie Wong
Were proud of our farmers markets. But when I cant find what I need there or have a need on another day of the week, Ill turn to two favorite places in the County for beautiful fruits and vegetables.
Andys Produce Market (1691 Gravenstein Hwy., Sebastopol, 707-823-661) offers a full range of local produce and the best from growers outside the region too. Many items are organic and the prices here are better than Fiesta or Whole Foods in town.
Ansteads (102 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, 707-431-0530, M-Sat. 9-7) specializes in local organic produce. I bought a couple beautiful melons today when I missed out on the selection at the farmers market. Theres also an extensive selection of natural food and a small deli thats famous for its chunky style guacamole, available on Friday and Saturday only.
Who are your favorites?
We stopped by a produce stand in Solano County on Rockville Road yesterday morning and came away with about 3 overloaded bags of goodies for about $12. We were stunned by our good fortune.
Heirloom tomatoes for $.85 per pound. Large yellow, red, orange, and purple bell peppers for $.25 each. Several kinds of eggplant, hot peppers, and beans - the latter included a purple bean that turns green when it hits water. Wonderfully sweet corn, and peaches that I turned into a pie when we arrived home. There were pears and apples and a flower garden where one could cut a huge bouquet for about $2.50. Red potatoes and small fragrant canteloupes.
We can't wait to go back. My husband wants to quit his job and grow vegetables on this scale for a living.
Philo is in beautiful Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. But no matter, we're happy to know about it too. I'll have to keep an eye out for those apples.
One favor, John. Since you use John Burke in your e-mail address, would you mind identifying yourself that way in the name field? That way when we're scanning the message board index, we'll know exactly which John is posting. You've left some great tips here, and I'll not want to miss reading any of yours! Thanks.