The Vine

A sampling of not-to-be-missed Sonoma Valley happenings.

Crash The Market

It’s Tuesday. It’s summer in Sonoma Valley. And you know what that means. Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers’ Market is in full swing on the Plaza in Sonoma.

Photo: Rachel Hairston
Photo: Rachel Hairston

If you’ve never been to the Tuesday Night Farmers’ Market, this is anything but your typical mill about a few fruit stands affair. It’s a big old picnic party on the town square, with something for everyone to do, play, eat, drink, enjoy and dance too.

Photo: David Wells
Photo: David Wells

Sure there’s food, lots of it, fresh from the local farms and gardens or prepared by one of the incredible neighborhood eateries. And wine? Of course. Along with the occasional “pop-up” tastings from local wineries at the market, you’re free to grab a bottle from one the many winery tasting rooms on the square. Drop into Corner 103, Pangloss Cellars, Roche Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma-Loeb Wines, or pre-order a growler of wine from Kivelstadt Cellars and you can pick it up at the Tri-Tip truck. Then find a seat and sit by the band. The music really makes it, with a different local band playing every week, it’s like a weekly showcase of the North Bay music scene.

Photo: Michael Woolsey
Photo: Michael Woolsey

And yet, what really sets the Valley of the Moon Certified Farmers’ Market different apart is a palpable sense of community. The first thing you notice is how many people bring a blanket or a few lawn chairs and make an evening of it, mingling with friends and neighbors from around town. All the makings of an amazing picnic are right there. Way more than we can list, but let’s give you a sense.

Photo: David Wells
Photo: David Wells

Fresh produce from local farms such as Busalacci, Gourmet Growers and Serres Ranch. Prepared and packaged food from, to name just a few, Harvey’s Gourmet Doughnuts, Nellie’s Oysters, Tips Tri Tip Trolley, Golden State Pickle Works, Java Wagon and Wine Country Chocolates. Local artisans such as Hiroko’s Ceramics La Pouch Design, Rico’s Woodworking and Sonoma Soapworks peddle their wares.

Photo: Michelle Lacy
Photo: Michelle Lacy

It’s all waiting for you, and your family and friends, every Tuesday Night starting at 5:30 on the Plaza in the town of Sonoma. We’ll see you there.

Get more information at VOMCFM.com.