GREEN VALLEY — A summer breeze and nearly a dozen wineries greeted visitors to Green Valley Sunday afternoon as the monthly Farmers Market welcomed the harvest season with its Vintners Showcase.
In keeping with the market’s “Totally Local” theme, the area’s top wineries took center stage. A Wooden Valley Winery representative was pouring a 2010 merlot and a 2009 zinfandel. A Stuessy Cellars volunteer boasted a bottle of 2010 principium cuvee. Both wineries are based in Suisun Valley.
Bill Hawkins brought his wife and friends to the Farmers Market just for the vintners event.
“There’s some wines on the list that we normally don’t get to taste, so we’re trying some new wines,” said Hawkins, who has a wine cellar at his Fairfield home.
Hawkins tried a 2009 Vezer La Salette and voiced his approval.
“It’s very good,” he said. “It’s nice to taste it here, but it’s a little too pricey, I think.” However, Hawkins said he had some in his cellar.
Foster Poole, 74, a friend of Hawkins, was visiting from Vallejo.
“We don’t have much wine there,” said Poole, who was enjoying a syrah from Rock Wren Wines of Green Valley.
“It’s good,” he said.
Beverages weren’t the only item on the menu at Sunday’s Farmers Market. Concord-based Forno Di Sbarro brought its mobile wood-fire pizza oven to Green Valley to energize the crowd. Pizza is a new addition to the Farmers Market, said Nancy Nelson, of the Green Valley Agricultural Conservancy. Last month it was so popular the vendor ran out of dough.
“I was more prepared this time than last time,” said owner Vincent Sbarro.
The monthly market features mainstay growers such as Erickson Ranch, Castaneda Produce and Robledo Produce. Other vendors include Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company and Pleasants Valley Honey Co.
“This has become a super farmers market,” said Nelson, who helps run the show.
Other vendors include artist Denise Revel, who grows lavender on the top of Mount Vaca for her boutique that features body oils and embroidery.
“She does everything, from the planting to the harvest to the sewing,” said Dan Schwartz, who was helping his wife at the Girl on The Hill booth.
Revel recently bought a 110-liter copper still so she can process her lavender varieties from the Vacaville ranch.
“Everything is fresh,” said Revel. “My stuff is guaranteed fresh.”
The next market is Oct. 6.
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