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One of my favorite options for breakfast, lunch or brunch on Friday mornings has become the St. Helena Farmers’ Market.

Where else can you choose from a bacon biscuit, tamale, tri-tip sandwich, assorted pastries, tuna salad with wasabi, charcuterie, hummus, bagels, pulled pork, crepes and samosas all at one venue? Combine this with the gorgeous setting of Crane Park’s Del Britton Memorial Redwood Grove and you have a surefire winner.

My vote for the prettiest breakfast treat goes to the sandwiches from The Lady and the Vine. Owners Mercedes and Jason Stahlberger pair their remarkable Wine Lover’s Jellies with world-famous Model Bakery English Muffins to create such innovative creations as “Cedes’ Toast” with Sauvignon Blanc Jelly, house-smoked salmon, herb cream cheese and microgreens and “Fancy PB &J” where Cabernet Sauvignon Jelly is joined by Handsome Carver’s Chipotle Peanut Butter. These, and other equally creative and delicious options, are available until 10:30 a.m. each week.

Marketgoers will have a special treat at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 25, when we kick off this season’s Chefs’ Demonstration programs. We are delighted to welcome back local favorites Chef Cindy Pawlcyn and Chef Jim Leiken of Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen who will share recipes, tips and samples.

Now in its 32nd season, the St. Helena Farmers’ Market brings the best locally grown organic produce, prepared foods and artisan crafts to Crane Park every Friday from 7:30 until noon through the end of October. For the most up-to-date information, please visit us online at sthelenafarmersmkt.org. We look forward to seeing you at the Market.

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Editor’s Note: Stacey Bressler is a local vintner, a member of the St. Helena Farmers’ Market Board of Directors and past Citizen of the Year.

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