Although food and wine abound, there are
lots of other things to do in the area. This list is by
no means complete, but it will give you a place to start to explore
the region. There is something for everyone: spas, boutiques, beautiful
parks and interesting museums.
Wine is the backbone
of our economy. Each year, one can't help but notice
the buds swell, the freshness of the pale green new leaves,
the lush beauty of the summer vineyard, then the fruit swelling
and ripening. The vineyard workers come and harvest the fruit
and the whole valley is rich with the smell of the crush.
The leaves turn their autumn colors and fall to the ground
and the vineyard is asleep again. The wineries, however,
are busy making the fruit of the grapevines into sumptuous
These industry groups offer more information about wines,
wineries and the industry surrounding it.
June sees the beginning of the Tuesday night Farmers Markets.
Now, in addition to the Saturday morning markets, local growers
will be selling produce on the plaza on Tuesdays from 4 - 7
pm. Coinciding with the Tuesday Farmers Market, there is a town picnic
and a free open air concert from 6 pm - 8 pm.
This month, the late spring/early summer vegetables are at their
peak. Look for good quality carrots, fava beans, garlic, green
onions, scallions, summer squash, and zucchini. You should still
be able to find some winter greens and veggies this month such
as beets, broccoli, kale and lettuce. Look for terrific fresh herbs
to use in your recipes.
This month, fresh cherries and strawberries will be in and by
the end of June, we should see the first of the fresh local apricots.
Summer fruit is great for eating out of hand or using in tarts,
cobblers and trifles.
Sonoma County produce is featured in most of our restaurants. It's always a good night to eat out in Healdsburg.
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