Farmers Market Update – May 2023

by Ken Katz

Dan Foster retired as the Market Manager a couple of months ago and is now a stay-at-home Dad. In the interim, the Agricultural Institute of Marin has been looking for a permanent replacement – preferably someone who comes from Oakland and has the necessary experience.  Stay tuned for an announcement of a new hire sometime soon.

In the meanwhile, the newest vendors at the market are:

Mill Valley Pasta Co. – makes small batch artisan bronze- and brass-cut pastas and various products meant to adorn or accompany pasta. Their pastas are made with organic semolina (gluten-free pasta is also available) and are slowly dried in open-air for superior bite and texture. Their provisions are made with local ingredients, often sourced from the local farms that also vend at the markets they attend. The 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.

Silver Sky Ranch –  provides consumers with sustainably-sourced, rich-tasting, and nutrient-dense foods through holistic farming practices. Founded on the principles learned interning on a biodynamic transhumance farm in the Swiss Alps, they raise our livestock and chickens holistically, using the symbiotic relationship between the two and following natural migration patterns to achieve their goals of improved water and mineral cycling, all while considering the ecosystem that the ranch is within and the micro-ecosystems that are within the ranch.

As we go press, the music calendar is not yet settled for the entire month, but David Gans will be performing on the 20th in conjunction with a book-signing event for Deep Oakland, Andrew Alden’s recently published volume about Oakland’s geologic history.