Tuesday evening’s farmers market starts May 1, under the official name of the Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers Market. Maypole anyone?
Big announcement is that the market will return to its previous format with food trucks every Tuesday, music in the horseshoe, and Sonoma Jazz Society concerts in Grinstead Amphitheatre. The market is also seeking financial support of patrons and sponsors to support the market.
Since it is a farmers market, participating farmers will include Achadinha Cheese Co., Aztec Dahlias, Busalacchi Farms, Country Rhodes Farm, Gourmet Growers, Hector’s Honey, Jesus Hernandez cut flowers, Mr. Moriah Farms, Neufeld Farms, Ortiz Family Farm, the Patch, Paul’s Produce, Shletewitz Family Farms, Serres Ranch and Triple T Ranch & Farm.
The market divides foods by packaged and prepared. New prepared foods showing up this year will be Adobos N’ More, Gerard’s Paella, Picazo Café Food Truck, Fig Rig, the Westway (formerly Rocket) and Zero. It’s quite the lineup when you add Aunt Betty’s Gourmet Corn Dogs, the Bejkr, Croques & Toques, E-Saan Thai, El Brinquito, Got Balls, Mommy’s Yammys, Nellie’s Oysters, Sushinoma, Taste of Himalayas, Tips Tri Tip Trolley and Uber Spud.
New in the prepared foods is Popo the Clown’s chocolate-covered banana dippers, Benziger Family Olive Oil, Berkman’s Spices, Bryerton’s roasted almonds, Handsome Carver, Harvey’s Gourmet Donuts, Java Wagon, Kettle Pop, Mia’s Kitchen, Sweet Scoops, Top That Yogurt, Tea and Trumpets and Wine Country Chocolates.
Crooked Goat brewing, Sonoma Springs Brewing, Benziger Family Winery, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, and Madrone Estate/Valley of the moon will alternate service.
Vendor stall fees vary from $25 for artisans, $30 for farmers and $35 for packaged food, to 10 percent of gross sales with $50 minimum for prepared foods and $100 minimum for beer and wine.