Sebastopol Farmers Markets and Farms
Visitors to Sebastopol have numerous ways to pick up fresh-off-the-farm produce and products.
The Sebastopol Farmers' Market runs year round, creating a popular Sunday downtown destination for locals and visitors alike. Vendors offer up a wide range of goods, from seasonal produce and fruit to fish, baked goods, spices, cheeses, honey, eggs, jams & preserves, and prepared foods. Non-foods include skincare, nursery plants, textiles and artisan products such as candles, jewelry, and more.
Held on shady Sebastopol Plaza, this thriving market is always a fun experience. If you're there at lunchtime, pick up a duck taco or a slice, and enjoy it while sitting beside the fountain and listening to live music.
Sebastopol Farmers' Market, open Sundays year-round, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sebastopol Plaza, Weeks Way at Highway 116, Sebastopol.
Visit a Farm
In good spring weather, Sebastopol's Redwood Hill Farm - Capracopia — a goat dairy — offers full farm tours guided by one of its family members, "kid cuddle days" that focus on the adorable baby goats, and personalized private tours arranged to work with your schedule. Meet the goats, cuddle baby goats, learn how to milk a goat, and experience sustainable farming first-hand, from the tracking solar array and rainwater catchment tanks to the pioneering use of tagasaste, an innovative goat fodder crop. This Certified Humane farm also includes chickens, beehives, olive and fruit orchards, and more.
Both the full farm tours and kid cuddle days start at 11 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the orchard. The farm market stand offers award-winning Redwood Hill Farm goat cheese, seasonal fruit, and fresh flowers, as well as skin-nourishing goat milk soap made with fresh goat milk and Capracopia Olive Oil produced on the farm. It's a good idea to bring a cooler and ice if you want to buy cheese and produce. (Note: No pets are allowed on the farm.) Reservations required.
Redwood Hill Farm – Capracopia, 5480 Thomas Road, Sebastopol, 707-827-3366
Produce and Artisanal Product Stands
Andy's Produce Market: The largest open-air fresh farm produce market in Northern California, Andy's is able to obtain many items from local farmers who only produce small amounts. During the summer, fruits like berries and apples come right from farms near the market. This old-fashioned fruit stand also offers a complete selection of organic and gourmet foods.
Andy's Produce Market, 1691 Gravenstein Highway N., Sebastopol, 707-823-8661.
Beekind: At Beekind, honey is local, natural, raw, and unique. Beautiful and consumable goods line the shelves, there's a tasting bar, and you can observe beehives in the garden. On sale are premium honeys, beeswax candles, and bees/beekeeping supplies.
Beekind, 921 Gravenstein Highway S., Sebastopol, 707-824-2905.
Lynn's Lavender & Lotsmore: Enjoy the beauty and fragrances of fresh lavender at this farm, production barn, and garden and gift shop at Tanuda Ridge Vineyard. They produce a wide variety of products made from lavender, including Luxury Body Lotion and Luxury Body Balm.
Lynn's Lavender & Lotsmore, 3335 Harrison Grade Road, Sebastopol, 707-874-9960
Monte-Bellaria de California: Named for the afternoon foggy winds that blow in from the coast, cleansing the air and sweeping into the valley and lavender fields below, "Monte-Bellaria" is derivative of the Italian for “mountain of beautiful air.” The farm produces three key agricultural products: lavender in essential oils, hydrosols, and scented products; olive oil; and bee products, including honey, soaps, lip balm, and moisturizer. It's farm store is open Saturdays and Sundays, April through December, and other times by appointment.
Monte-Bellaria de California: 3518 Bloomfield Road, Sebastopol, 707-829-2645
Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodgriguez.