Here comes opening day! (Barely.)

We’ll be honest with you: it was a rocky road to the start of our 14th season, and it came very close to not starting at all. The survey we conducted this spring told us a lot of things, but the singular message that came through loud and clear is that OBFM customers really, really love this market. However, for the last few months, and especially the last week, we have been working very hard to make the case that the OBFM does not cause an undue burden on its small town home. There are legitimate concerns, and some folks believed that they were insurmountable. We need your help to make sure that the OBFM does not love Occidental to death, or the OBFM will go away.

And so we present:

1. DO NOT USE THE BATHROOMS IN LOCAL BUSINESSES unless you are one of their paying customers. The story of wastewaster in Occidental is a long and complicated one, but the takeaway is that businesses in Occidental have to pay an awful lot for sewage. It is just unfair to use their resources if you’re not one of their customers. The OBFM has provided portapotties for several seasons, and it’s very important that you use those.

2. PARK SMARTLY & MINDFULLY. The OBFM uses up a sizable chunk of the parking in town, which means that the remaining spots are in high demand. Don’t park in front of businesses that are open during the market. Don’t block driveways or roads. There is just not one good reason for parking on Bohemian Highway; don’t ever do that. Remember that there’s a good deal of parking just down the street at the Community Center and tennis courts, and it’s a very short walk.

3. TAKE YOUR TRASH HOME WITH YOU. There is no municipal trash service in Occidental. Think of it as a “leave no trace” experience. Participate in our Plate Away program to reduce (or even eliminate!) disposable plates, containers & utensils. It’s a simple thing, but if every visitor would take their small bit of trash home to toss, the wastestream in town becomes much more manageable. We would like to shift the paradigm that one’s own garbage is someone’s else’s problem.

4. PUBLIC CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IS ILLEGAL. The OBFM does not sell or serve alcohol, and takes place in a public area. Pretty straightforward, that one.

We know that the OBFM is a very special thing, in a special place, and that the community values it as a place to come together. We really love that about this market. Help us be good neighbors so the market can stick around.

As ever, shoot us a note if you have questions or concerns.

The revolution shops here.

10th Annual Harvest Market Festival


10th Annual Harvest Market Festival

Halloween! Friday, October 31st.

Please join us for our annual end-of-season celebration, as the Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market winds to a close for the year.

Our 10th Annual Harvest Market Festival includes:
• Sonoma County Taiko
• Hubbub Club
• Cakewalk
• Dia de los Muertos crafts
• Weird Pumpkins, featuring local artist Chris Hataway
• Halloween costumes and trick or treating!
• Local farmers with seasonal bounty
• Gourmet foods, including Gerard’s Paella & the Green Grocer
• Artisan crafts

Lata’s Indian Cuisine


by Sarah Hadler

Lata Pagare, the woman behind Lata’s Indian Cuisine, is a cornerstone of the Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market. She has never missed a market in the more than eight years that she has been selling her glorious food at the Occidental Bohemian Farmers Market on Friday evenings and there is always a steady line of patient market-goers at her stall, their mouths watering in anticipation. She is also at other markets (Sebastopol on Sunday mornings, Santa Rosa Wells Fargo Market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, and Santa Rosa Wednesday nights) and she caters many other events throughout the year—she is one of the hardest-working people I have ever met. In the busy season, she works constantly, but she will always look up from what she is doing and a smile will light up her face. “Cooking is my meditation,” she tells me. “I am very happy with what I am doing.”

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Adam Davidoff

New Family Farm

by Sarah Hadler

My two year old son, Sylvester, and I follow a lovely, hand-painted sign off Ferguson Road that points the way to New Family Farm. A winding road leads us down into the valley and we are met by Adam Davidoff’s warm smile as he sits planting seeds in the frame of a “greenhouse”. Adam takes us on a tour of the “heart of the farm” and Sylvester gets happier and dirtier as we go. We walk by rows of cabbage and kale, carrots, lettuce, beets, celery roots and parsley, cilantro and dry-farmed tomatoes. Zara, the friendly farm dog who helps to keep the gopher population under control, follows us joyfully and we greet two of the draft horses, Pearl and Gracie. Later on in the tour, to Sylvester’s delight, we meet eight 2-week old piglets and their mama.

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Reminder: The town of Occidental has no municipal trash service (including the infrastructure for compost pickup), and we wish to shift the paradigm that one’s own trash is someone’s else’s problem. We continue to work on solutions to this issue, but by far the simplest one is for diners to bring their own plates with them to the market, and take them home to wash them. Check out our Plate Away program.

Plate Away

Put your plates and utensils and cloth napkins in the car now so you’ll be ready for dinner at the Market after work! Our Plate Away program rewards your garbage-reduction efforts with a free weekly raffle with great prizes.


Rainbow’s End


by Sarah Hadler

At the very end of Frati Lane lies the entrance to the aptly named Rainbow’s End Farm. I park in the gravel lot, hop out, and after ringing a bell, am happily welcomed by Nan Koehler, the heart and soul behind Rainbow’s End Farm. True to her character, she is pushing a wheelbarrow full of items that will assist her with her various chores. She invites me along and immediately starts telling me the history behind the land. She is a wealth of knowledge, and a wonderful storyteller to boot.

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Singing Frogs Farm


by Sarah Hadler

Covered in a light layer of misty fog, I rode down into the green valley bottom, where the Atascadero and Jonive Creeks converge—home to Singing Frogs Farm. I was greeted by Wenge, the very sweet, tail-wagging farm dog and a cheery, “Hey, Sarah, down here!” from Paul Kaiser, who along with his wife, Elizabeth, is responsible for the vibrant wonder that is Singing Frogs Farm. Paul, Elizabeth, their two children, Lucas and Anna, and a wonderful mélange of animals (the aforementioned dog, a llama who likes to kiss, a goat, five sheep, ninety Girlie Girl chickens, and a beehive) and plants, share nine acres of lush land northwest of Sebastopol.

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