If you’re visiting Healdsburg and the Dry Creek Valley, here are some delightful ways to check out fresh-off-the-farm produce and products:
From spring and into fall, lucky Healdsburg residents and visitors can shop the Farmers Market two days a week. When you do, you’ll meet the people who grow the tomatoes, olives, peaches, mushrooms, berries, and a huge assortment of other delectable fruits and vegetables. In fact, most of what’s on sale is grown on small farms within 10 miles of town.
Aside from produce, you’ll also find vendors of locally-made cheese, honey, baked goods, eggs, olive oil and much more.
The Saturday market (May through November) runs 8:30 a.m.-noon in the West Plaza parking lot.
The Wednesday market (June through October) runs 4-7 p.m. in the Cerri lot on North Street, between Grove and Foss streets.
Produce and Artisanal Product Stands
Dry Creek Peach & Produce: This small, family-owned and family-run farm — one of the last peach farms in the region — is known for the rich flavor of its organic peaches. The fruit (they also grow nectarines, plums and more) comes to you the old-fashioned way: it’s ripened on the tree, and then picked and packed by hand.
At the farm stand you’ll find the farm’s fresh fruit, along with jam made from that fruit. Other goodies include the Dry Creek Peach Bellini mix, Dry Creek peach chips, peach wood for barbecues, and—in late summer—Celebrity Tomatoes and Walla Walla onions. During the season you can order fresh peaches online.
Dry Creek Peach & Produce, 2179 Yoakim Bridge Road, Healdsburg, 707-433-8121; open July to mid-September, 12-5 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday-Sunday.
Dragonfly Floral: Dragonfly is an organic flower farm, as well as a florist specializing in weddings and festive events. Its beautiful grounds shelter birds, butterflies, and other flower-loving creatures (yes, dragonflies too!). The farm grows many unusual flowers, along with 1,500 roses. Pick up a bouquet for your dining room, send a floral gift to someone, take a floral design class, or walk around with your camera.
Dragonfly Floral Farm, 425 Westside Road, Healdsburg, 707-433-3739; the floral farm stand is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday; garden visits by appointment.
Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodriguez.