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Opening of the Farmer’s Market with new food producers

The Healdsburg Farmers’ Market will open its market on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon from April 16 to December 17 in the West Plaza parking lot. There will be several new farms, new food producers and the return of live music to this year’s market.

Farmers’ markets are often proving grounds for new businesses, so you can often find new and unusual products that aren’t available elsewhere. It’s also a great place to meet friends and neighbors and enjoy a Saturday brunch.

The Healdsburg Farmers’ Market has a program called Market Match for low-income shoppers that pairs Snap/EBT dollars with vouchers for free fruits and vegetables.

The Healdsburg Tuesday Farmers’ Market will open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 17 in the downtown plaza and will run through October 25.

For more information, visit Phone: 707-824-8717.


Gateway to Wine Road offers hourly tastings

Wine Road – North Sonoma County will host the Gateway to Wine Road event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday at 34 wineries.

At the wine tasting event, which celebrates Sonoma County Wine Month, you can meet winemakers and sample limited-production and new release wines.

Reservations are mandatory in each cellar. Time slots are on time at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., which leaves 40 minutes to taste and 20 minutes to get to the next cellar. Participants can visit up to five wineries per day.

This year you must book in advance. Once booked, reservations cannot be changed.

Tickets are $100 for weekends and $5 for designated drivers (plus tax and service charge). To book, go to and click on Gateway to Wine Road.


Zelma Long will appear at Paradise Ridge Winery

The Sonoma County Wine Library Association will celebrate acclaimed winemaker Zelma Long at 7 p.m. Thursday at Paradise Ridge Winery.

In 1970, winemaker Mike Grgich convinced Long to put her education on hold while a student at UC Davis and join him at Robert Mondavi Winery. She then became President of Simi Winery and eventually returned to Napa Valley to serve as Executive Vice President of Domaine Chandon.

In 1997, she and her husband, Philip Freese, co-founded Vilafonte Wine Estate in South Africa. However, the winemaker still resides in Sonoma County.

At the event, the association will screen its latest visual oral history video about the winemaker, followed by an informal Q&A with Long. The video interviews are produced by Jeff Davis, host of the radio show “On the Wine Road”.

Tickets are $40, including two glasses of Paradise Ridge wine. To purchase, go to


Maison Porcella pop-up at the Lioco tasting room

Maison Porcella, which has been selling French-style charcuterie at farmers markets and wineries since 2018, will be offering a pop-up brunch with Croque Monsieur, the famous ham and cheese sandwich, at the Lioco tasting room for the next two months.

The sandwiches will be available from this Sunday. Other dates include April 17 and every Sunday in May.

The hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to eat in or take away, to warm up at home. The wine pairing begins at noon.

The Lioco Wine Tasting Room is located at 125 Matheson Street. For more information, visit


SRJC bakery will reopen after two years

The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Bakery at the Burdo Culinary Arts Center will reopen Thursday after a two-year closure due to the pandemic.

The SRJC Bakery sells a variety of freshly baked artisan breads, pastries, cookies and cakes prepared by students in the school’s Baking and Pastry program. Bakery items change weekly, reflecting student training.

“Our students can’t wait to roll out the red carpet for our bakery customers,” said baker and pastry chef and trainer Cindy Mushet. “They love to make their creations knowing that they will be appreciated and enjoyed by the public.”

Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options will be available. Customers can buy take-out meals or enjoy them on the terrace of the culinary center.

Bakery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, through May 20.

The SRJC Bakery is located at 1670 Mendocino Ave., directly across from the Santa Rosa campus. The Culinary Café is set to reopen in September.

For more information, visit


Gypsy Cafe serving special Easter brunches

The Gypsy Cafe will serve Easter weekend brunch on April 16 and 17, including their signature Eggs Benedict and specialties such as Avocado Toast with Two Eggs and Chicken Fried Pork Chop with Two Eggs and a potato cake, smothered in sausage sauce.

The Gypsy Cafe is located at 162 N. Main St. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Phone: 707-235-4160. For more information, visit

Managing editor Diane Peterson can be reached at 707-521-5287 or [email protected] On Twitter @dianepete56