Market Refresher April 2015
(as it appears in the Windsor Times on Thursday, April 2nd)
Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines…
Put air in the bicycle tires and get out your walking shoes. Spring is here, get ready to start coming to the Windsor Town Green for a summer full of events. April kicks it all off with the opening day of the Windsor Farmers Market on Sunday, April 12th and the Annual Windsor Earth Day and Wellness Festival on Sunday, April 19th. Both events are from 10-1 pm.
The construction at the end of Market St. and Old Redwood Hwy has a wonderful new round-a-bout. The intersection is slated to be open by the Farmers Market Opening day on April 12th. The retail buildings across the street are going up fast and building has begun on the new Oliver’s Market located next to the Chevron Station. Soon construction will begin on close to 400 apartments on the Northern side of the development called Bell Village. Old Redwood Hwy will continue to be closed at the Windsor Library and North to Windsor Rd. where another round-a-bout will be added during the next 6 months.
The Windsor Town Green has truly become the community gathering place our Town leaders envisioned. But now it’s time to plan for the future and Windsor leaders need your help. Go to www.windsor2040.com, share your desires for Windsor’s future online or find out about the next Windsor General Plan Survey Booth scheduled to be in the Windsor Library during the Earth Day and Wellness Festival event on Sunday, April 19th. Your opinions matter, it takes all of us.
The Windsor Farmers Market is excited about all the new things happening in the heart of Windsor. We are also planning for the future with a new layout that takes the Market straight down Market St. to Windsor River Road. Drivers who pass by on Windsor River Rd. on Sunday mornings will surely want to stop in when they see all the beautiful fresh fruit and nursery plants taking over that end of the Market. We are happy to welcome back Fulton Creek Nursery who will be offering a wide selection of native potted plants, planter boxes and David’s custom irrigation kits, as well as Skyview Nursery with their beautiful selection of perennials and veggie starts. The other end of the Market will wrap around to the entrance of the Library with the new location for our Fish Mongers, Santa Rosa Seafood. The Market will continue to use the Sparks Stage for a season of Chef Demonstrations and the popular Kidz Dig It Cooking Classes will continue on the 4th Sunday of each month.
The Market has established a new “Community Corner” where local non-profit groups will be featured like the Master Gardeners who are there to answer all your gardening questions almost every week. You will be able to pick up copies of local newspapers, magazines and find out about events happening in Windsor. If your Windsor area non-profit group is interested in space to advertise your event or fundraiser, send your requested dates to firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the schedule.
In this same area the Market Info table will be expanding into a “Farmers General Store” with products from local producers as well as Market logo shirts and handy hard to find kitchen gadgets. This area will be evolving throughout the year as needs arise.
New at the Market this year you will find Kvass, huh, what’s that you ask? It is a fermented probiotic beverage made from vegetables that is excellent for your digestive system and will be offered by the nice folks at Biotic Beverages. Our juice gal, Lynn will be back from last year with a new name, Rawlicious, serving fresh fruit and veggie juices and smoothies. Windsor’s new BurtoNZ Bakery will be joining us on Sundays and Thursday nights with their personal meat pies and New Zealand style pastries and breads.
Come meet and support new Windsor residents selling at the Market with farm to table brunch foods from Starting from Scratch Catering and a new versatile and nutritional sweet potato sauce made by local Natalia’s Kitchen.
Interested in all natural personal care? Then you will love visiting and learning from new vendors, Hilltop Honey with lotions, salves and cleansers made with honey from their farm and all natural skin care from local sustainable company Eden Glow. The Market is still waiting for confirmation from vendors of grass fed meats, artisan cheeses and sausages which has been a big request from Market goers; we’re still working on it.
This is a big year for Windsor with exciting construction bringing new businesses and new residents to the Downtown area. Be assured that the Windsor Farmers Market will be there for all of us with the best fresh produce, preserved foods, artisan baked goods and handmade crafts available in Sonoma County.
Make Sunday a family day, come to the Market for Brunch, fill your kitchen with fresh local food, meet the farmers who grow your food, sign your children up for the Kidz Dig it Club and they will be asking you to take them to the Market every week.
Like us on facebook.com/windsorfarmersmarket for the latest on what’s fresh at the Market and visit windsorfarmersmarket.com for our popular monthly events.
Coming up in May, Mother’s Day Tea and Cookie Tasting and Kidz Day on the Farm on May 24th. The Windsor Farmers Market is good for you!
2014 Market Season Favorites
The Windsor Farmers Market is now closed for the Winter.
We reopen on Sunday, April 12, 2015
Thank you Windsor!
Here’s a look at some of our favorite photos of the season.