Farmers Market Update – January 2023

by Dan Foster

Reminder, you can check the location of your favorite vendors, and find out if they are attending, via our interactive Market Map that’s updated throughout the week with a final update on Saturday mornings at 7am.
Market Participant Spotlight: 
 
Bangin’ Ass Barbecue – Just a woman and her grill trying to bring a little of St Louis to the Bay. We want every bite to take you to a happy place. Our food is simple but delicious.
Dooryard Provisions – Dooryard Provisions is a small batch local packaged food business focusing on seasonal and hand foraged foods. Choose between local seaweeds, herbal tisanes, healing spice blends and provisions for your journey or everyday. Dooryard Provisions is made from all organic ingredients and focuses on using seasonal, foraged and gleaned foods as well as uses local farmers from throughout Sonoma and Marin counties.
Latisha Baker – Latisha Baker Artworks is a creative handmade arts studio based in Oakland. We create our collection using the primary medium pyrography or woodburning.
January Entertainment Schedule: 
1/14 – TBD
1/21 –KC Jiang
1/28 – Phat Luv Band
New Market Participant Pipeline (these folks are confirmed to join but we do not have a firm start date yet):   

Tarocco – TAROCCO is a California Mediterranean cafe serving Breakfast + Lunch. All of our items are gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan optional. We buy our produce from local organic farms, many of whom sell at the Grand Lake Farmers Market. We are proud to pay our employees a living wage and our staff is entirely Queer and/or POC.

Brundo Spice Company – We are an Ethiopian Women-Owned Company that prioritizes sustainable and equitable business practices, from our farm to your kitchen. From Modjo, to North Oakland, to you- we are committed to bringing the highest quality goods from Ethiopia and show the world the beauty of East African cuisine through heirloom spices and herbs. All of our products are imported directly from our processing facility in Modjo, Ethiopia, where they are locally grown, harvested, sun-dried, and blended – Starting 1/7/23

Aztecali Original Mexican Seasonings – Original Mexican Seasonings and Spices

Mystical Mixes – Mystical Mixes produces all natural sea moss juices. Their juices are guaranteed fresh and contain no sugar, no water and zero chemicals. You can try one of their 10 flavors aimed to target different healing in the body.
 
Mill Valley Pasta Co. – makes small batch artisan bronze and brass cut pastas and various products meant to adorn or accompany pasta. Our pastas are made with organic semolina (gluten-free pasta is also available) and are slowly dried in open-air for superior bite and texture. Our provisions are made with local ingredients, often sourced from the local farms which also vend at the markets we attend. Our fresh pastas are made only hours before they make their way to market and feature unique flavors highlighting both the chef’s inspiration, seasonality, and locally available products.
Out for Season: 
Tomato Man
Rainbow Ranch
Gotelli Cherries
Triple Delight Blueberries
G & S Corn
Lucero
Sunblaze
Balakian
Feather River
Peach Farm
Glass Onion Farms
Williamson/Shoup
Solorios
Kashiwase
Forever Bloom
Fenella’s Berries
Oya Organics

Dan Foster has been a market manager with AIM since 2017 and is currently managing the Grand Lake Oakland Farmers Markets. Prior to his time with AIM, Dan spent eleven years in produce/retail management at Whole Foods Market. Dan lives in Novato with his wife and three daughters. He studied Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In his free time, he makes music, plays games, or hoops it up in a local basketball rec league. Contact: dan@agriculturalinstitute.org