destination food shopping from Santa Rosa to Cloverdale?
- Robert Lauriston Jul 28, 2014 02:16 PM
We'll be going through there on a Saturday in August and I wonder if there are any great places I don't know about along the route.
I know there's the Tierra farm stand at 651 Airport Blvd. and Downtown Bakery in Healdsburg.
Robert, your best bet is to hit one (or both) of the Saturday Farmers Markets in the area. There are two right on the way. I think you will find the most variety with the markets.
Santa Rosa Farmers Market at the parking lot of Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa. Hours are 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Healdsburg Farmers Market at North and Vine streets, 1 block west of the plaza. Hours are 9:00 am to Noon.
From each other they are about 10 minutes apart, each right off 101.
This past Saturday was my first visit to the Healdsburg market this season. It is in full bloom! And would you believe that there were three purveyors with rabbit to sell? Rabbit price competition! It's not a huge market but very complete. I read that Bernier just got its organic certification, and yes, I buy my year's supply of garlic from them. I bought a couple melons from a farm in Geyserville...the man told me that he is a melon consultant...haven't cut into them yet. I already posted about the fresh goji berries. Preston is there with a full line of biodynamically grown produce and added bulk pickles this year, plus the chance to buy the bread.
Dry Creek Peach skipped this weekend, so I headed to the farm shop to buy the last of the Fantasia nectarines.
If you make a stop in Healdsburg, you should stop at the Shed. The baked goods are excellent. The place will probably strike you as pretentious, but it has some unique local products and is changing all the time.
DaVero for olive oil and wine is quite close to 101. I've yet to check it out.
In Geyserville, stop by Diavola and see what's for sale in the case. Yesterday there was freshly rendered lard from Cinta Senese pigs, as well as pancetta and other cured items from the italian breed. I've also seen local mozzarella di bufala. I love the trippa.