St. Helena Farmer’s Market: 36 Seasons in Review | Lifestyles

Stacey Bresler

Barbara Shurtz remembers attending the precursor to what would become our St. Helena Farmer’s Market.

It was the 4th of July in the mid-1980s when local resident Sheila Mannix gathered a handful of farmers to sell their wares in the parking lot behind what was then the Dansk building on the west side of Main Street near Charter Oak Ave. Shoppers enjoyed the strawberry shortcake and stocked up on locally grown fruits, vegetables and flowers. Since that time, our market has more than quadrupled in size, added artisans and educational programs, and changed locations several times, but the sense of camaraderie lives on.

As we sit under the redwoods of Crane Park on a sunny, breezy morning, enjoying coffee and listening to talented young musicians led by their teacher, Linda Marks, Barbara greets a number of friends who are also followers. longtime farmer’s market.

“There are people I only see at the market, but I consider them friends,” Barbara says with a smile.

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She thinks Crane Park offers the best location for the market because of the shaded area for socializing, proximity to bocce courts and recreation areas, and ample parking.

“Products always seem fresher when they come from the farmer’s market,” notes Barbara. “And it’s nice to have beautiful flowers to complement my own garden.”

As we reminisce about vendors no longer in the market and marvel at some of our new additions, Barbara recalls a jingle from her days as a Camp Fire Girl: “Make new friends and keep the old ones; one is silver and the other gold.

Join us on Friday May 27 for a golden opportunity to enjoy a chef’s demonstration at 10:30 am with local favorite Ines Chiarello. This will be the last week the Western Monarch Society will be with us, so be sure to stop by their booth for a free native milkweed plant. The Market Classroom will provide another fun take-out activity. And the market will be filled with the colors and scents of spring produce at its peak.

Create Your Own Memories every Friday morning until the end of October, from 7:30 a.m. to noon in beautiful Crane Park. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Nextdoor and subscribe to our weekly newsletter to stay informed of activities and programs.

These steak tacos are perfect for a small Memorial Day gathering. If you want a heartier meal, make a casserole of refried beans and serve them on the side. To drink? Your favorite cold Mexican beer.

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JeanMarie Brownson: Grilled Red Chili Steak with Mushrooms and Shishito Peppers

Light the grills; Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching. We gather outside to sear steaks and toast the arrival of summer.

The Kitchn: This broccoli salad is 100% easy to make

Consider broccoli slaw as an alternative to coleslaw and enjoy it with the same foods: grilled meat, fried chicken, and sandwiches.

EatingWell: add Cajun spices to your salad

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Stacey Bressler is a local winemaker and board member of the St. Helena Farmers’ Market.

James V. Payne