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.
October is usually the transitional month between summer and fall
vegetables. Winter squash starts to come in as the summer squash
goes out. Look for Halloween pumpkins and the start of cool weather
crops such as broccoli and turnips.
Apples, apples, apples and pears! This month continues the appearance
of local apples, asian pears, figs, regular pears, and, of course,
grapes. Local persimmons are starting to turn color on the tree,
so, hopefully by the end of the month, they will be in the market.
The Farmers Market will hold it's Pumpkin Festival
this month with carvings, a Scarecrow contest and good fun for all.
The Farmers Market is open twice a week:
Saturday morning from 9 until noon and on the Plaza Tuesdays from 4
- 6:30 pm. You can find fresh produce as well as breads,
cheeses and fish.
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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