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Mouthful

  • Puer tea

Pure Puer and King Cakes: On Sunday morning, when the Sebastopol Farmers Market returns to its traditional space in the parking lot that surrounds the town plaza at the corner of McKinley Street and Petaluma Avenue, a new vendor will join in. Larry and Yang Su Chin of Pure Puer, a tea company located in Marin County, will introduce their premium puer and other teas to West County customers.

If you are unfamiliar with this fermented and aged tea, Sunday is a great opportunity to give it a try. It could change your life, as it changed ours. Since our first sip a decade or so ago, we find it hard to start the day off right without a cup of this earthy black tea.

The Chins have an excellent selection of puer, along with a few other excellent teas and one of the best tea pots you’ll find anywhere.

With Twelfth Night — also known as Epiphany, Kings Night and Three Kings Night — taking place on Monday, Dominque Cortara of Dominique’s Sweets will have plenty of King Cakes available at both the Sebastopol Farmers Market on Sunday and the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, located at 50 Mark West Springs Road, on Saturday. These “gateau des rois” or “galette des rois,” — depending on where you are from in France — are $18 each and serve from eight to 16 people.

Three Kings Day at Gloria Ferrer: On Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m., Gloria Ferrer (2355 Highway 121, Sonoma) hosts its annual Three Kings Day with a celebration for the entire family.

A special performance begins in the caves at 4 p.m. Participants can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or hot cocoa and Spanish rosca bread.

Cost is $15 per person; children under 12 are free. For tickets,

Advance tickets are recommended, as this celebration almost always sells out in advance. For yours, visit gloriaferrer.com.

Posole for the New Year: In celebration of the new year, Dierk’s Parkside Cafe (404 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, 573-5955) and Dierk’s Midtown Cafe (1422 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. 545-2233) will offer the classic Mexican corn stew, posole, through the weekend.

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