Farmers Market Update – June 2022

by Dan Foster

Our Grand Lake Farmers Market webpage has just been significantly updated. 

As you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you’ll find an interactive map on which you can:
  • Change the date to view the vendors expected to attend on that given date (or who attended on a past date) – please note, the map is updated as new information comes in, so if you look at upcoming weeks, it might not be totally accurate.
  • Type in the search bar to find specific vendors or products
  • Click on a vendor’s location to view their public profile (this includes dates of planned attendance, contact info, pictures, and more)
Charles Farriér’s Crumble & Whisk is opening a brick and mortar location in Oakland as reported in this Oaklandside article
Providing an opportunity for small businesses to start building their brand and customer base without the overhead of a brick and mortar, is a very important aspect of AIM’s mission. We are so happy to see Charles taking the next step with his business. Thankfully, they will still be attending Grand Lake every Saturday!
Market Manager Picks for June:

  • Marina Bay Bakery – Neighborhood bakery focused on 100% whole wheat sourdoughs, gluten free sourdoughs and other whole wheat and gluten free pastries and baked goods.
  • Chestnut St. Granola – High quality artisan granola inspired by flavors enjoyed around the world. Chestnut Street Granola is Granola from the Town, Made for the Globe.
  • Volcano Kimchi – Volcano Kimchi is a San Francisco-based maker of vegan, organic and gluten-free kimchi, as well as other Korean-inspired fermented food products, including speciality sauces and grab-and-go meals. Launched in 2014 by founder and “fermentress” Aruna Lee, Volcano Kimchi uses mostly locally sourced ingredients to create unique products steeped in tradition while honoring the culinary spirit and agricultural bounty found in the Bay Area.
June Entertainment Schedule:
  • 6/4 Dewayne Oakley Blues Ensemble – Blues & Jazz standards
  • 6/11 XCL – 80’s synthesizer-based rock
  • 6/18 Eileen Torrez Music – Oakland based singer-songwriter Eileen Torrez performs a rich blend of folk-pop, indie rock and neo-soul that melts listeners with its clarity and honesty. She plays a range of guitar styles and sings in both English and Spanish.
  • 6/25 The Buds – Classic rock and folk covers with originals mixed in
New Market Participant Pipeline (these folks are confirmed to join but we do not have a firm start date yet): 
  • Juicy Bottle Service – cold pressed, small batch bottled juices
  • Oya Organics -organic Farm from Hollister selling row crops and a variety of value-added items made from their crops
  • Solorios Organics -Organic 6.5 acre farm from Watsonville selling row crops and berries
  • Annie’s T Cakes – Asian American, woman-owned snack company creating vegan, East Asian treats
  • Kayma Foods – Algerian wife‑and‑husband‑owned eatery that welcomes you with halal North African fare with Bedouin, Berber, Mediterranean, and French influences—such as hearty and flavorful soups and sandwiches, grilled chicken, and baklawa
  • Encina Farms – Encina Farms is dedicated to growing Iberico hogs with the utmost attention paid to quality standards and leveraging new practices with no hormones or antibiotics. We incorporate traditional Spanish practices and methods, such as finishing our hogs on a diet of acorns to improve its flavor and nutritional profile. The richer, more complex and interesting flavor truly differentiates our product from what else you find on the market.
  • Silver Sky Ranch – Silver Sky Ranch is a brother owned ranching operation focused on pastured proteins. We raise cattle for beef, sheep for lamb and chickens for egg and meat.
  • 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.
  • Rize Up Bakery – Rize Up Bakery is a fledgling San Francisco based Black owned bakery focused on reinventing and rethinking traditional sourdough. Rize Up started as a quarantine project in the Spring of 2020, born in response to the social unrest caused by the murder of George Floyd and the disparate impact of the pandemic on the Black community. Founder Azikiwee Anderson was overcome with a need to make a difference and hopefully inspire young Black and Brown bakers to think outside the traditional box as representation matters . Rize Up wants to change the world one loaf of beautiful and thoughtful bread at a time, and share our love of delicious, thoughtfully baked breads made with natural, organic , sustainable, high quality ingredients! Honored to feed your soul.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Tha MF’n Vegan – Tha MF’n Vegan is creating Smack’n Nourishing Plant-Powered/ Vegan food and beverages. We are bringing a new look, new style and new taste to healthy! Our menu is food allergy friendly (Soy-free, Nut-Free, Gluten-free Options), and we make our meat alternative (jackfruit) in house as well. We source majority of our produce from local farmers (Organic/ Pesticide-Free) and we know that you don’t have to compromise taste for nutritional value and vice versa.
  • kubé – kubé is a Black woman-owned, vegan, artisanal, full-fat coconut ice cream womanfacturer and social enterprise in Oakland, California. We produce our own full-fat, coconut cream by cold-pressing organic mature coconuts to make the BEST TASTING and most luxurious, creamy, and vibrant creamy vegan ice cream. We only use real mama earth seeds, fruit, roots, espresso, and citrus oils to make the most clean and vibrant flavors. No synthetic chemicals ( No Sodium Metabisulfite), no artificial flavors or colors, no soy, and no gluten.
Market Participants returning soon or who’ve returned since the last update: 
  • Feather River Farms
  • G & S Corn
  • Kashiwase
  • Fenella’s Berries
  • Balakian
  • Sunnyland
Out temporarily: 
  • Early Bird Farm and Mill
  • Collardz by Soul
  • La Cascada
Out for Season:
  • Tomato Man
  • Pang Yang Farms
  • Lucero
Quit Market:
  • Nicasio Valley Cheese
  • Squabish Pretzels
  • Stone Root

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