Farmers Market Update – October 2023

by Ken Katz

Due to an oversight on my part, we failed to give a timely welcome to SunBlaze Ranch, which debuted more than a month ago. The motto of owners Nick and Kremi Petkov is “Together for a healthier, sustainable future,” and this is how they describe their farm:

Located in Winters, California, SunBlaze Ranch’s starting point is a 7-acre plot of fertile ground that has not been planted with fruits or vegetables in more than 20 Years. This rich-in-nutrients, healthy soil gives the basic start to our products. What follows is countless hours of hand labor, devotion to the cause of healthy eating and sustainable agricultural practices.

If you want more information, they have the website linked above plus Instagram and Facebook pages. A Google search also turned up a CBS TV interview where they talked about the challenges arising from climate change ranging from extreme hot and cold temperatures combined with unheard of amounts of rain.

Attendance at the market yesterday was down slightly due to the weather, but things were hopping nonetheless thanks to the presence of the Phat Luv Band and a command performance by David Tillman on keyboard and vocals, who was persuaded by band members to join them for two songs — one of which can be viewed at this link. David is a long-time fixture at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant, where he performs four or five days a week. It turns out that his wife was one of the volunteers who staffed the Bounty Box program that folks like me depended on for more than two years.

The Agricultural Institute of Marin will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary in Tomales on November 4. Tickets are available via this link.

AIM is continuing to look for volunteers to help at the Info Booth on Saturdays and also help with Administrative Assistance, Diggin’ Education Assistants and Blog-Writing/Market Photographers. Learn more at this link.