RP Farmers Market opens today
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By Kaydon Coburn  June 7, 2013 12:00 am

“Expect a fantastic, fun-filled evening where people can come with their families, enjoy shopping for locally farmed and produced food, and have the opportunity to speak directly to the farmers who grow all those amazing veggies and fruits,” says Laure Tatman, Rohnert Park Farmers Market Manager.

The fourth annual farmers market kicks off today, June 7, and features growers, producers, arts and crafts along with food, beverages and professional live entertainment.

Producers The Patch, Ortiz Brothers, EGB Farms, Fulton Creek Nursery and Farm, Neufeld Farms, Saetern Family Farms, Fruit Factory, Valley End Farms and Farmer John's, Aztec Dahlias and Roots of Creation Farm will be attending the certified farmers market.

“We have our amazing, hard-working farmers returning,” says Tatman.

“This is a wonderful way for members of our community to get together and enjoy all the amenities that are part of the market,“ says Rohnert Park Mayor Pam Stafford. “Non-profits, food vendors, businesses and entertainers all provide an amazing opportunity for citizens to mingle and enjoy each other's company.”

Additional vendors featured are The Killer Baking Co., Full Circle Bakery, Baker Sisters and Bianchi's Bake Shop, Nan's Gourmet Home Maid Ravioli, Hector's Honey, The Hummus Guy and sautéed onions by Porky. Crafters on “Craft Row” include Wine Country Creations, C.K. Designs, Re-Jeans, Lorraine Merrida, Designs by Denise.

The “Party on the Plaza” series is highlighted with “top-level entertainment.” The 2013 list of musical acts are: June 7, Soulshine Blues Band; June 14, Beatles Flashback; June 21, Crossfire; June 28, Levi Lloyd & the 50l Blues Band; July 5, The Jami Jamison Band; July 12, The Sorentino's; July 19, Soul Fuse; July 26, The Poyntlyss Sistars; Aug. 2, 7 Zins; Aug. 9, Twise As Good; Aug; 16, Stax City, Aug. 23, Rotten Tomatoes; and Aug. 30, C.T. Cruisers. 

Live acts are coordinated and hosted by Cathy Slack of Maverick Media.

A variety of merchants will provide cuisine: Fish On! Chips, Taqueria Sol Azteca, Willie Bird BBQ, Pasta King, Dad & Son's Gourmet BBQ, Straw Hat Pizza, Jasmine Thai, Kettle POP, with Ultra Crepes, Awful Falafel, Mama Nita's Filipino Hut, Cold Stone Creamery. “Park Your Pup” dog-sitting services is offered by the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter so canine lovers can also enjoy the market safely.

All proceeds from the alcohol sales will benefit local schools. Wine and beer will be dispensed by the Education Foundation of Cotati-Rohnert Park and the Rotary of Rancho Cotati.

Fairy Tale Animal Rescue will have a “hands on” petting zoo with rescued barnyard animals and pony rides for the kids.

“It (Market) has become a regular part of many families’ Friday night. It is also an important part of Rohnert Park and it's sense of “community.” The more a community gets together and shares, the more people feel a part of the city they live in, and this affords them that opportunity for the whole summer,” Stafford said.

The Farmers Market is every Friday in June, July and August from 5-8 p.m. in the north library parking lot at the corner of State Farm Drive and City Center Drive.

“This is such a fun, safe event where food, farmers and friends all come together for an amazing Friday night,” said an enthusiastic Tatman.

Stafford adds, “Come out and embrace the food, the music and the booths and the information there.”

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