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Ukiah Farmers’ Market Saturday 3/21/09

In Dave Smith on March 18, 2009 at 8:45 pm

From Scott Cratty
Ph: 707-462-7377

3/18/09 Ukiah, North California

Greetings.

Did you know that the makers of Terra Savia olive oils, a treat that you can pick up regularly at the Saturday Ukiah Farmers’ market also make some great wines from organic grapes?  Two of their releases from last Fall recently

won medals at this year’s Grand Harvest Competition in Sonoma County.  The 05 Reserve Petit Verdot won Silver and the 05 Reserve Cabernet won Bronze. They were competing with over 1600 entries from North America, Europe, thePacific Rim and South America.  Here’s more information on the Grand Harvest Competition.  Wines bottled by the grape grower using their own grapes can actually be sold at our farmers’ market. Why don’t you stop by and encourage them to bring some to the market this season?

Speaking of wine, if you visit Tierra Art, Garden, Wine on — just up the street from the market at 312 North School St — and show off what you purchased at the farmers’ market, I understand they will give you a discount.

For those of you who missed them, Mad Scientist Game will play their acoustic jug rock at this Saturday’s market.  Come experience music made with a plastic water bottle.

Check the Market Message column in Friday’s paper for my thoughts in response to DDRs suggestion that they may include a farmers’ market in their proposed shopping mall at the old Masonite site.

Hope to see you at the market Saturday.

In case you want to learn how to grow your own fruit to market in future seasons, here is a worthy event:

The Butler Cherry Ranch Project is sponsoring a free grafting workshop with master orchardist Patrick Schaffer on Saturday March 28. He will demonstrate techniques and participants will get to graft cherries and peaches.

The event, at the Butler Community Orchard at Ridgewood Ranch, will begin at 10 a.m. with a tour led by orchard manager and biodynamic expert Charles Martin. The demonstration and practice session will follow. Bring a bag lunch and water.

The back up date in case of rain is April 4 but if the weather looks rainy the day before, please call 463-2736 for an update.

Go 5 miles north on 101 beyond Reeves Canyon. Turn left at Ridgewood Ranch and follow the road downhill, making a right at the sign for the ranch and La Vida School. Continue west/southwest past Seabiscuit’s barn and the Golden Rule parking lot. Turn right on Maple Ln. and head west past outbuildings and across the creek. The orchard is on the left. Parking is available at the orchard site. The Cherry Ranch Project is sponsored by Cloud Forest Institute.
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