Hi All! Oldtime chowhounder who has been outside of CA for a while here. I'm going to Sonoma for the first time and I've been perusing the Sonoma posts, and am a bit overwhelmed by all the general and specific inquiries. Would love some help being pointed in the right direction. We'll be leaving the bay area on Saturday, July 28th after 1 p.m., and will be leaving before noon on Wednesday, the 1st of August. We'll be staying in Kenwood. What I'm looking for is:
1. Not-to-miss farmer's markets or farmstands. I was sorry to learn that we'll miss both the Saturday and Wednesday Healdsburg markets. Any other recommendations on good farmer's markets, or local grocers for that matter, especially Sun, Mon, Tue markets, where we can stop to pick up some seasonal treats? We have a kitchen and plan to cook.
2. Good Sonoma-area restaurants that aren't high end. This is not the trip to try the French Laundry. We'd love some local places that cook seasonal produce and regional fare, that aren't too pricey in the Wine Country? Is that an impossibility?
Thanks for reference to threads I might have missed, or any suggestions you can offer!