The Bodega Bay Farmers Market is as sweet a market as you'll find.
Located adjacent to the Bodega Bay Community Center, it is bathed in the briny sea breezes that blow over the nearby Bodega dunes.
Even on a warm day, the air is cool and refreshing and if you listen carefully you might hear a delicate chiming of bells from the nearby bell tower.
Vendors ring the field, which is itself ringed by wind-whipped trees. Raymond's Bakery is the first stall you see as you enter the market. Go ahead, give in to temptation and snag something to nibble while you shop.
If you'd like a little cheese alongside, you'll find two vendors nearby. Achadinha Cheese Company, based in Petaluma, makes Capricious, an aged goat cheese; Broncha, a Portuguese-inspired cheese of goat and Jersey cow milk; feta and two curds, fresh and "California Crazy," a selection of curds flavored with herbs, garlic, cayenne, mesquite and more.
Dacheva Son's Cheese Co., also in Petaluma, attends this market, too, with their popular "Chihuahua," creamy mozzarella and asiago cheeses.
When it comes to produce, Bloomfield Farms is the market's heavy hitter, with lettuces, herbs, braising greens, cabbage, tomatoes, potatoes, squash and more.
If it grows in the ground at this time of year, Bloomfield Farms probably has it.
The diminutive Green Valley CSA, a much smaller endeavor, has beautiful produce, too, including green and purple pole beans, wild blackberries, garlic, beautiful little lettuces, fennel, small tomatoes and more.
Salmon Creek Ranch, located west of the town of Bodega, sells their popular duck eggs here, along with delicious duck, goat, beef and, often, some of the best organic dog treats you'll find anywhere.
Waterhorse Ridge attends with delicious jams, jellies, chutneys and salsas; the Hummus Guy is here with sauces and flatbreads and there's stone fruit and tomatoes from a farm in Winters.
Hydrosouls, which makes hydrosol blends for humans, horses and dogs, attends and will have several new products this week, including extraordinary chocolate, infused honeys and teas.