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This Spring at the Market

By Renee Kiff

Spring. When a farmer's fancy turns to thoughts of planting, protecting, staking, weeding, mulching and gathering. Although just small ripples of harvest, compared to the great tsunami waves of summer, spring produce is very special, and especially green. Asparagus, lettuce, spinach, snow peas, sugar snap peas, fava beans, and spring garlic are all as green as Kermit the Frog. Like the song, "It's Not Easy Being Green," the farmers who successfully bring these crops through the winter have been well planned and active. Raised bins, fall and winter seeding, greenhouses, frost-protective covering, weeding, and constant surveillance for snails and slugs have kept these gardeners occupied. Their effort and result will be on display at farmers' markets throughout Sonoma County.

Adding spring color to the market: cut flowers. All of the spring bulbs   the yellow daffodils, purple irises, peach ixias, red tulips, many-hued ranunculus and alstroemeria, white callas and lavender lilac   represent a color palette all-inclusive.

Farmers' markets can provide everything you need for a beautiful picnic, even if the rain keeps you indoors.

Mustard Meadow in Knights Valley

Healdsburg Certified Farmers' Market

2001 Schedule of Events

Saturday Market is located at North &Vine streets in the city parking lot, 9 to noon, May 5 through November 24.

Tuesday Market is located on Matheson St. on the town plaza, 4 to 6 p.m., June 5 through October 23.

May 5Opening of Saturday Market
June 5Opening of Tuesday Market
July 14Market's 23rd birthday: Live music, birthday cake, coffee, lemonade, sun scope, wool spinning, sheep exhibit
Aug. 18Zucchini Festival: Zucchini-car races, zucchini bake, GIANT Zucchini Contest, zucchini poetry
Oct. 27Pumpkin Festival: pumpkin car races, pumpkin carving, pumpkin bake, pumpkin scarecrows
Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24Arts & Crafts Season Saturdays

For further information call (707) 431-1956, or write to HCFM, P.O. Box 2198, Healdsburg, CA 95448.


A Unique Garden & Home Design Shop

330 Healdsburg Ave.

(1/2 Block North of the Plaza)