The Kenwood Press
Business Beat: 06/01/2014

Business Beat – Kenwood farmers market opens

The Kenwood Community Farmers Market will launch June 1 in Kenwood Plaza Park, and is scheduled to be there every Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. through Sept. 14.

For the last few years, the market has been in Glen Ellen’s Jack London Village, but has now moved to the Kenwood site.

The market is run by Agricultural Community Events, which puts on other markets in Sonoma and Marin counties, including the Santa Rosa Community Farmers Market at the Veterans Building, and the Petaluma East-Side Farmers Market in Lucchesi Park.

The market in Kenwood Plaza Park includes a number of county produce vendors, including Two Moon Family Farm in Glen Ellen (eggs, Asian greens, broccoli, and garlic); Rose Ranch in Kenwood (starter plants, kale, garlic, mixed lettuce); Four Chicks Farm in Kenwood (eggs, mixed greens); The Patch in Sonoma (tomatoes, basil, squash and onions); Triple T Ranch in Santa Rosa (eggs, basil, tomatoes, onions, broccoli); Liesen Bridgeway Farm in Santa Rosa coming in late June/early July (eggs, started plants, broccoli, garlic, onions). Also, Noeller Farms out of Hughson will have almonds and walnuts, and Neufeld Farms from Kingsburg will be selling a variety of fruit.

Prepared food will be available for purchase, including Chai’s Gourmet Sonoma Vietnamese sandwiches, soup and spring rolls; The Farmer’s Wife and Nana Mae Organics serving sandwiches, apples and apple products; Physis Foods serving soups; biscotti from Café Florio (late June/July); and strudel from the Strudel Guy (starting June 10).

Artisans will be on hand selling soaps, ceramics, fine jewelry, painted glass, and tie-dye.

Have an ache? Rabel’s Medical Massage can help, and Natasha from Glen Ellen will demonstrate flower arranging and give you a Tarot card reading.

The Glen Ellen Historical Society will also have a booth where visitors can learn more about the rich history of the area.

For more information, Agricultural Community Events can be reached at 415-999-5635.

Nana Mae introduces hard cider

Nana Mae Organics’ 2013 Heirloom Gravenstein Semi-Still Hard Cider is now available for purchase locally. Nana Mae’s is owned by Kenwoodians Paul and Kendra Kolling.

Hand-crafted from certified organic, dry-farmed Gravensteins harvested in 2013, the cider is available at the Kenwood Market, as well as at Palooza Gastropub and Wine Bar in the Kenwood shopping center, and Vineyards Inn Restaurant on Hwy. 12 at Adobe Canyon Road.

For more information about Nana Mae Organics, go to

Kenwoodian appointed to banking school board

Kenwood resident and Summit State Bank President and CEO Tom Duryea has joined the Board of the Pacific Coast Banking School (PCBS). Duryea is a 2007 graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School, the largest graduate-level banking school in the country.

“Pacific Coast Banking School is very pleased to have Mr. Duryea join our Board,” said CEO, David Enger. “Tom has risen to the highest ranks in the banking industry and his experience as a leader in our industry and as a graduate of PCBS will be a great asset to us.”

Since 1938, in partnership with the University of Washington Foster School of Business, over 10,000 participants have graduated from PCBS, with hundreds of graduates currently serving as CEOs of financial institutions and hundreds more serving in key leadership roles across the country.

Little Vineyards music series

Little Vineyards Family Winery in Glen Ellen is hosting another Band Blend Night Music series this summer with music, wine, food, and fun in the vineyards.

On June 19, enjoy The Rich Little Band playing true country favorites and songs from their new album.

Performing July 17 is the trio of Hillary Wicht, Clifford Goldmacher and JB Duff, playing a lively mix of jazz, blues and folk.

The Cork Pullers play Aug. 21, sharing their acoustic style with a Sonoma twist.

All performances are from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $17, which includes food and a glass of Little Vineyards Band Blend wine in a keepsake picnic wine glass. The food will range from brick oven pizzas and other Italian favorites to food hot off the BBQ.

To buy tickets, go to Little Vineyards is located at 15188 Sonoma Hwy. in Glen Ellen, and can be reached at 996-2750.

Father’s Day at Landmark Vineyards

This Father’s Day, give Dad a piece of history with the Landmark Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay Library Collection.

He’ll love tasting through the selection, allowing him to experience the unique flavors and characteristics each region imprints on its wine. The library pack includes 2009 Overlook Chardonnay (Sonoma County), 2009 Damaris Reserve Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast), 2009 Heintz Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast), and the 2009 Lorenzo Chardonnay (Russian River Valley).

The collection price is $190 retail, or $152 for Landmark Wine Society members.

For more information call 833-0053, or go to Landmark Vineyards is located at 101 Adobe Canyon Road in Kenwood.

Farm Bureau Golf Tournament

The Sonoma County Farm Bureau will be putting on its 13th Annual Golf Tournament on June 13 at the Windsor Golf Course.

Registration starts at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. There’s also a dinner with awards and a raffle beginning at 6 p.m.

Proceeds from the tournament help support a wide array of agricultural education programs which include Ag Days, scholarships, 4-H, Future Farmers of America, agriculture in the classroom and more.

To enter, go to more information, call Steve Knudsen at 544-5575 or email