The Farmers’ Market is where it all began for the Hall family, selling produce from their first garden at the Mayacamas Estate. You’ll still find Laddie at the Farmers’ Markets every week selling our farm fresh products.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PARTICIPATING IN THE ST HELENA FARMERS’ MARKET?

28 seasons!

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED?

In 1989, we set up our own family garden after we bought the ranch in the Mayacamas mountains. We started producing more than our family could consume so we happily shared with friends and neighbors, but even then we had too much. The boys were young and interested in figuring out a way to earn money, as young kids do, so instead of a lemonade stand, I thought they should take our produce to the farmers market. The manager of the market at the time was excited to have the boys involved because they would be the “farmers of tomorrow”. We’ve been at the market ever since.

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN FARMING?

Ted and I had a community garden plot when we were married students at Stanford. I had never grown vegetables before. We also attempted a small vegetable garden at our first home in San Francisco but the weather made it challenging to have much success. I was very excited to try a tomato variety called “San Francisco Fog”. It grew and produced a small amount of fruit that had very thick skin and no flavor. However, the most learning and the most success in growing vegetables and fruits came when we bought Long Meadow Ranch and started our own family vegetable garden. Ted was very familiar with growing vegetables from his experience as a child with his family’s garden. This new garden brought the challenge to the rest of the family and the children and I learned so much and began to have a lot of success and a lot of fun and we were all eating a lot of delicious veggies!

WHAT DOES LONG MEADOW RANCH SELL AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET?

When you think of a farmer’s market you think mostly of seasonal fruits and vegetables. LMR also sells grass-fed beef and lamb, and organic free-range eggs. We also include some of our provisions like grass-fed beef jerky, olive oils, and preserves. The display at our farmers market stand truly represents all the bounty that Long Meadow Ranch has to offer. There is such a diversity at our table!

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHY THAT DIVERSITY IS IMPORTANT?

The Napa Valley is an amazing agricultural venue. The valley is an extraordinary place to be growing wine grapes, but there is more to agriculture than just making wonderful wines. The valley once had diversity with wheat, walnuts, plums, mulberries for silkworms, cattle, horses for farm work and riding. That diversity is a healthy way to account for soil variances, pest pressures, and water availability. Diversity in agriculture is beginning to happen again, as there are young farmers who want to grow things for the table.

WITH ALL THIS WONDERFUL PRODUCE, YOU MUST NEED TO GET CREATIVE IN THE KITCHEN SOMETIMES. WHERE DO YOU GET INSPIRATION FOR RECIPES?

I love cookbooks! So I will browse through them for ideas. The recipes I prefer are usually very simple with few ingredients. That doesn’t mean I am a lazy cook, I just enjoy the pure flavors of the veggies. Most of the time I just season with salt, pepper, and LMR olive oil!

KEEPING IT SEASONAL: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SUMMERTIME DISH?

A cobbler with fruit from the farm, either blackberry or peach. I always love a panzanella salad with ripe heirloom tomatoes.

FARMSTEAD FARMERS’ MARKET

OCTOBER – MAY: FRIDAYS 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

LOCATED AT FARMSTEAD

ST HELENA FARMERS’ MARKET

MAY – OCTOBER: FRIDAY 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM

LOCATED AT CRANE PARK
ST. HELENA, CA 94574

NAPA FARMERS’ MARKET

APRIL – OCTOBER: TUESDAY & SATURDAY 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (FIRST HOUR IS SENIOR HOUR)

LOCATED AT 1100 WEST STREET PARKING LOT IN DOWNTOWN NAPA
NAPA, CA 94559