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Fresh From Our Farmers: Market Tuesdays in Petaluma

Every Tuesday morning, rain or shine, the Petaluma East Side Farmers Market sets up shop in Lucchesi Park in, you guessed it, east Petaluma.

In early spring, late winter crops share stall space with the new season's unfolding harvest. There's still plenty of citrus from Rojas Family Farm and Neufeld Farm, which also has dried nuts and fruits. Cechini and Cechini of Brentwood has asparagus, which they harvest from January through June.

Leisen's Bridgeway Farms of Sonoma County currently has kale, fresh herbs, citrus, winter squash and Asian greens.

Ortiz Farms of Santa Rosa attends this market, and its current harvest includes green garlic, onions, potatoes, lettuces, spinach, carrots, kale and chard, with more to come soon. A new vendor, Four Seasons Farm, is operated by two members of the Ortiz family, sons of the original founders. They have lettuce, chard and kale and will soon add strawberries to their selection. Rodriguez Farms returned this week with fresh organic strawberries.

Gourmet Growers, which operates several mushroom farms in California, has the familiar white button mushroom along with brown (crimini and portabella), shiitake and oyster mushrooms.

Petaluma-based Wyland's Orchards has pastured eggs, pork, beef and sometimes lamb. It also produces olive oil from its own orchards.

Mikail Edwards, who is farming in Petaluma, will join the market in April with general produce. Sonrisa Farm, located near the intersection of East Washington Street and Adobe Road in east Petaluma, will attend then, too, with pastured eggs, microgreens and fibers.

Full Circle Bakery of Penngrove brings freshly baked breads made from organic flours. Two Rock Valley goat cheese is available here, as are almonds from Redel's.

Freshway Fish is also a vendor here, with wild-caught Alaskan salmon and sometimes other fish.

Physis Foods attends with its made-on-the-spot stocks and soups that feature ingredients from the market. Nettle soup is among the current selections and, if you've never had it, this is a great way to try the delicious spring elixir that can help with seasonal allergies.

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