Monday, April 12, 2010
Santa Rosa Saturday Market
Heavy looking clouds loomed as I parked in the spacious lot, conveniently located off the E Street exit on highway 12 (right across from the fairgrounds). Going to the market starving is like going to the grocery store in the same state, as everything looks great and of course, the spring produce is just starting to pick up. But what really peaked my interest was the wide array of prepared food stalls beckoning to me for a mid morning breakfast. What to choose, what to choose? I oogled the Indian food, supple garbanzo beans, rice and greens. Barbequed oysters, Mexican food, Mediterranean fare, Yucatano food, and California cuisine were all very viable choices. I couldn't help but notice the term "suckling pig" and "poached eggs" on Rosso's chalkboard as I rounded the corner to seek out Brook and have a visit.
With all of the options for food, that damn suckling pig kept calling out to me from the back corner of the market. I've been wanting to make it to Rosso Pizzeria in Santa Rosa for some time, so this foray would have to be my introduction. Their chalkboard was a little confusing, listing poached eggs, yukon potato hash, the aforementioned roast suckling pig, foccacia...
I'm still not over how good it was. I chatted up Rosso's owner, Chef John Franchetti, and he was nice enough to pose for a photo, holding up a large spoon of hash, Cuban pig box cooker in the background. I can hardly wait to make it to Rosso the restaurant, but in the meantime, I'll have this perfect breakfast etched in my memory.
Full, fat and happy, I picked up some Hawaiian-Portugese style sausage as well as some traditional Italian sausage from Black Sheep Farms. I can't wait to make some pasta with the italian, or blend the portugese style with beans and rice for a traditional portugese stew. The Spring Hill Dairy folks were there, so I bought some organic shallot and herb scented butter as well as some goat milk feta. Leon Day, of Leon Day's condiments, tasted me on almost everything in his booth, habanero sauce included. I managed to get away with a spicy peanut satay sauce that I can't wait to try on some marinated chicken. At one of the last booths on the way out, I picked up some veggie starters for my home garden: tomatillos, zebra stripe tomatoes, early girls, red onions, and borage; just in time, as the raindrops had just begun to fall.
http://www.santarosafarmersmarket.blogspot.com/ (provides a listing of most of the vendors)
I haven't yet been, but I've heard you can find many of the same food and vendors at the Sebastopol Farmer's Market on Sundays. Guess you know where to find me.