A woman picks vegetables in a greenhouse on a farm in Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

Sonoma County Farmers Markets

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There's a reason Sonoma County is famed for its agricultural bounty, as you'll see when you explore the region's many farmers' markets and discover the infinite variety of local produce, artisan specialties and heirloom treasures.

Sonoma County's farmers' markets center around locally grown produce, artisanal work, and community.

Although the farmers' markets center around locally grown produce, they offer far more for a discerning palate and community minded clientele. People come to buy a juicy peach or a mouthwatering tomato, but also a fresh-baked red velvet cupcake from Crumb Hither Gourmet Cupcakes and Specialty Baking of Santa Rosa, or handcrafted pancetta from Franco's One World Sausage Co. of Healdsburg.

They also seek out seedlings and flowers from Daffodils, Dahlias and Lilies Oh My of Santa Rosa, and swoon over beautiful hand carved wood bowls from By the ElvinMoon of Petaluma, among the many other products and crafts available at the markets. 

Peppers, tomatoes, and pears on a table at the Healdsburg Farmers Market, Sonoma County
Healdsburg Farmers Market

Locals and visitors also love Sonoma County farmers' markets as delightful places to meet their friends and hang out, listen to live music from homegrown talent or just watch the world go by. These are wonderful places, too, to grab a meal, from food trucks like the one from Rosso Pizzeria, with the pizzas baked in a mobile wood-burning oven.

For each unique experience, one thing unites most of the destinations – they are Certified Farmers' Markets, meaning vendors are required to produce their own products (no trucked in merchandise here!).

Some markets operate from spring and into fall, while some run year-round.  

Farmers Markets in Sonoma County:

(updated for 2021) 

Santa Rosa Farmers Markets

Bodega Bay Community Farmers Market

Sundays (Memorial Day - October) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., 2255 Highway 1 (behind the community center)

Cloverdale Tuesday Farmers' Market

Tuesdays (April - November) 3 - 6 p.m., 225 N. Cloverdale Blvd. (in the empty lot next to Plank Coffee). Temporarily canceled.

Cotati Community Farmers' Market

Wednesdays (June - September) 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., La Plaza Park (Old Redwood Highway and West Sierra Avenue)

Forestville Certified Farmers Market

Tuesdays (June - September) 4 - 7 p.m., Forestville's new downtown park, 6990 Front St.

Healdsburg Farmers Market

  • Tuesdays (mid April - October) 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., on the downtown Plaza
  • Saturdays (mid April - mid December) 8:30 a.m. - noon, West Plaza Parking Lot

Occidental Community Farmers Market

Fridays (mid-May - October) 4 p.m. - dusk, at the south end of downtown Occidental

Petaluma Farmers Markets

Rohnert Park Farmers' Market

Fridays (June - August) 4 - 7 p.m., library parking lot, 6250 Lynne Conde Way at Rohnert Park Expressway and State Farm Drive, Rohnert Park

Russian River Farmers Market

Thursdays (June - August) 3 - 7 p.m., Fourth and Church Streets, behind Hubert’s Hall

Sebastopol Farmers' Market

Sundays (year-round) 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., in Sebastopol Plaza on Weeks Way in downtown Sebastopol

Sonoma Farmers Markets

Windsor Certified Farmers Market

  • Sundays (mid April - December) 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., on Windsor Town Green, 701 McClelland Dr.
  • Thursdays (May - September) 5 - 8 p.m., on Windsor Town Green, 701 McClelland Dr. Temporarily canceled.

Honey comb and bee pollen for sale at the Healdsburg Farmers Market
Hector's Honey Farm

What to Get When:

In spring, you'll find baby artichokes, red-and-white striped beets, young garlic, baby favas, tender lettuces, colorful cauliflowers, broccoli rabe, a rainbow array of herbs, and bouquets of edible flowers.

Then the apples appear on the trees, starting with Sebastopol's famed Gravenstein variety with its tart, juicy flavor. Before you know it, berries are plentiful, and then the summer stone fruits arrive, in a bounty of apricots, plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries, and plums.

Soon after in fall, gardens brim with near-endless zukes and cukes, and vines grow heavy with tomatoes that might be red or yellow or green or even black.

Just as this cornucopia fades away, another spills over in squash and melons and corn and pumpkins, nuts and grapes and beans. Even in the quietest days of winter, you can relish an abundance of local broccoli and bok choy and lettuces, chard and endive and mushrooms.

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