Farm markets and stands are a staple in Sonoma County, and visitors to Santa Rosa have numerous ways to pick up fresh-off-the-farm produce and products.
Santa Rosa hosts numerous farmers markets, where you’ll meet the people who grow the tomatoes, olives, peaches, mushrooms, berries, and a huge assortment of other delectable fruits and vegetables.
Established in 1967, the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market was one of the first such markets in California to become organically certified. This market runs year-round, two days a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays).
Special events that occur throughout the year include August’s Gravenstein Apple Celebration, spring and summer clothing swaps, and September’s Tomato Tasting. Enjoy live music on Saturdays and most Wednesdays. Prepared food vendors are always on hand with tempting dishes.
Open Wednesday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road (off Highway 101, Santa Rosa).
The Santa Rosa Downtown Wednesday Night Market, which runs from May to August, has always been a fun and lively affair. It brings the community together to enjoy a variety of food, arts & crafts, fresh produce, non-profit agencies, entertainment, and activities. Over the past 25 summers, the Market has drawn more than a million people to downtown Santa Rosa.
Open Wednesday Evenings, 5-8:30 p.m.
Fourth Street at D Street in Downtown Santa Rosa
The Santa Rosa Community Farmers Market at the Veterans Building is a virbrant, twice-weekly, year-round market focused on local agriculture, artisan foods, and handmade good.
Open Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Santa Rosa Veterans Building, West Parking Lot, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa
The vibrant West End Farmers Market sets up in the Historic Railroad Square near the Downtown Santa Rosa SMART train station. Local farmers, micro-producers, crafters, and artisans offer high quality products and a great social atmosphere at the seasonal open-air market, which features a beer garden in Depot Park.
Open Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Historic Railroad Square, 9 Fourth St., Santa Rosa
And in a senior community on Santa Rosa's eastern border with the Sonoma Valley, the Oakmont Farmers Market is open weekly, year-round.
Open Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon
Wells Fargo Bank, Oakmont Drive and White Oak Drive, Santa Rosa
Produce and Artisanal Product Stands
A family farm for more than 34 years, Tierra Vegetables grows everything from asparagus to zucchini. You can buy whatever their farm is growing, at the peak of quality and freshness, at the stand. The farm stand also offers its own farm-grown dried chilies and dried beans, wool products from their Shetland sheep, and culinary gifts.
Open Tuesdays through Sundays, May through December; and Thursdays through Sundays January to May. Check their website for exact times.
651 Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa, 707-544-6141.
Another popular Santa Rosa produce stand, offering a large variety of quality fruit and vegetables, is Imwalle Gardens — a nursery that also produces marvelous things to eat (they also purchase produce from other growers).
Open Mondays through Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
685 West Third Street, Santa Rosa, 707-546-0279.
From late September to late October, Muelrath Ranches is the perfect place to celebrate autumn. The ranch grows 21 varieties of pumpkins (including mini pumpkins), along with gourds and winter squash.
It offers hayrides; you can have fun in the hay tunnel or corn maze; and there’s a nice picnic area with a great view. And on Friday and Saturday nights, there’s a “Campfire in the Corral,” with roasted hot dogs, marshmallows, hot cider and more.
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday: Pumpkim Patch open late September to Oct. 31.
3800 Walker Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-585-2195.
Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodriguez.