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To Market, To Market
By Aja O'Keeffe
Your clip 'n' go guide to farmers markets in the North Bay
Civic Center Second-largest farmers market in California. Year-round, twice weekly, Sunday and Thursday, 8am to 1pm. Marin Civic Center, North San Pedro exit off Highway 101, San Rafael. 800.897.3276.
Corte Madera Year-round Wednesdays, noon to 5pm. Town Center, Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. 415.382.7846.
Downtown San Rafael Farmers Market Festival Live music on five stages, food, kids' activities galore and, of course, the good stuff you actually come out for. Thursdays from 6pm to 9pm through Sept. 27, rain or shine. Fourth Street, San Rafael. 415.492.8007.
Novato Opens May 1 and runs Tuesdays from 4pm to 8pm through Oct. 30. Grant and Sherman avenues, Novato. www.marincountyfarmersmarket.org.
Fairfax Opening day is still to be announced; originally scheduled for May 2. Wednesdays from 4pm to 8pm through October. Bolinas Park, 124 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. marincountyfarmersmarkets.org
Larkspur Opens May 19 and runs Saturdays from 10am to 2pm through the month of September. Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 415.382.7846.
San Geronimo Valley Supposedly runs Saturdays, May through October, from 9:30am to 1:30pm. We could not verify this. Valley Presbyterian Church, 6601 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 415.488.4746.
Sausalito Opens May 11 and runs Fridays from 4pm to 8pm through the month of September. Sausalito Ferry Landing, Bridgeway and Tracy streets, Sausalito. 415.382.7846.
West Marin Opens June 23 and runs rain or shine Saturdays from 9am to 1pm through the last weekend of October (season permitting). Opening day, author Paul Hawken is feted at a reception. Toby's Feed Barn, 15479 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station. 415.663.9667.
Cloverdale Opens June 15 and runs Fridays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm through Sept. 14. Cloverdale Plaza and Broad Street (across from the Plaza on Broad Street). 707.894.4094.
Cotati Opens May 31 and runs Thursdays from 4:30pm to 7:30pm through Sept. 13. La Plaza Park, Downtown Cotati. 707.795.5508.
Forestville Last year, the market opened on May 24, so we're hoping for May 23 this year; we could not confirm the dates. Power of the media be damned. Central Forestville, across from the Quicksilver Mine Co. on Front Street (Highway 116), in the open lot. 707.887.8129.
Guerneville Opens May 15 and runs Wednesdays from 4pm to 7pm through Oct. 30. Located in town Plaza, 16201 First St., downtown Guerneville. 707.869.8079.
Healdsburg Previews on Saturday, April 28 and kicks off officially on May 5, running Saturdays from 9am to noon through November. Also, Tuesdays, 4pm to 6:30pm. Located at North and Vine streets, one block west of the downtown Plaza. 707.431.1956.
Occidental Opens June 15 with a community party and runs Fridays from 4pm to dusk through Oct. 26. Located in front of Howard's Cafe, downtown Occidental. 707.793.2159.
Petaluma Opens May 26 and runs Saturdays from 2pm to 5pm through Oct. 27. Walnut Park, Petaluma Boulevard South at D Street, Petaluma. 707.762.0344.
Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Market Opens May 16 and runs Wednesdays from 5pm to 8:30pm through Aug. 29. A big party with live music, plenty for the little ones, food and craft items and, indeed, farmers. Mendocino Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets, downtown Santa Rosa. 707.524.2123.
Santa Rosa Year-round market on Saturdays from 9am to noon at Oakmont Drive and White Oak. 707.538.7023. Also year-round on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8:30am to noon at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa. 707.522.8629.
Sebastopol Runs Sundays from 10am to 1:30pm through Nov. 25. Special event on May 6, at 11am, Alisa Smith and J. B. Mackinnon read from and discuss their book Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally, in association with Copperfield's Books. Reserved eating tickets available with the purchase of Plenty at all Copperfield's Books stores. Come early to hear the Mighty Chiplings, the greatest little bluegrass band in Sonoma County, from 10am. Sebastopol Plaza at McKinley Street, Sebastopol. 707.522.9305.
Sonoma Year-round, Fridays from 9am to noon in the Arnold Field parking lot adjacent to Depot Park, First Street West. Also, through the month of October, Tuesdays from 5:30pm to dusk in Sonoma Plaza. 707.538.7023.
Windsor Opens May 13 and runs Sundays from 10am to 1pm through November. Also, opening June 7 and running on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm through August. Windsor Town Green at Bell Road. 707.433.4595.
Calistoga Opens May 5 and runs Saturdays from 8:30am to noon through Oct. 27. 1235 Washington St., Calistoga, in the police department's parking lot. 707.812.2640.
Napa Downtown Opens May 1 and runs Tuesdays from 7:30am to noon through October. Also, opening May 5, Saturday market runs from 8:30am to noon through month of October. In the COPIA south parking lot, 500 First St., Napa. 707.252.7142.
Napa Downtown Chefs Market This big street party opens May 25 and runs Fridays from 5pm to 8:30pm through Aug. 31. All along First Street, downtown Napa. 707.252.7142.
St. Helena Opens May and runs Fridays from 7:30am to noon through October. Crane Park on Crane Avenue, St. Helena. 707.486.2662.
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