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Apple Adventures in Sebastopol: Andy's Produce Market ... Andy's is dandy!!!

rworange | Aug 3, 2009 02:04 PM

It has been at least a decade since I've been in this part of Sebastopol. The last time I was at Andy's it was another open air produce stand with dried fruits, nuts and jarred things inside.

Andy's has changed for the better since my long ago visit. If I lived in the area I'd definately be a regular. It is sort of a combination Berkeley Bowl, Monterrey Market, Trader Joe's type of place ... no fresh meat and fish though.

I was on a Gravenstein apple crawl and since I knew Andy's was buying from local farms that I visited such as Walker's, I didn't buy any here. Prices are about 20 - 30 cents more per pound than at the farms.

They did have bottles of Andy's Gravenstein apple cider on special. They buy a lot of local products and label them under their name.

The produce section was very good and the prices were a lot less than the local supermarkets. A very nice selection of heirloom tomatoes was $1.99 lb.

From the website ...

"Unique to its location in the heart of Sonoma County, Andy’s is able to obtain many items from local farmers who only produce small amounts. So during the summer, fruits like berries and apples come right from farms near our market. Although the price may not beat the large, more corporate-type farmers at the City Market, Andy’s appreciates and vigorously supports other family and locally-owned businesses. No matter which season it is or which fruit or vegetable you're searching for, if it's available anywhere in northern California, Andy’s will have it."

They had a nice selection of breads from local bakeries such as Village Bakery, Mezaluna, Franco American, Basaque Boulangerie, Bennet Ridge.

They have a cheese counter but I didn't look at closely.There were lots of nice dairly products everthing from organic ghee to vegan butter to Kozy Shack.

There's a large olive section with about 30 types and marinated mushrooms, artichoke bottoms, Roman artichoke stems, artichoke hearts and marinated garlic cloves. There are some prepared foods and a wine and beer section.

They carry frozen John and Jill's cheesecake which gets positive mentions on Chowhound. There is some frozen local meats such as Sonoma grass fed beef and Panizetta sausages.

There is a huge section of bulk items that is pre-bagged from the usual stuff to the lesser seen items such as Umbrian farrow. The website says

"Andy's Market makes bulk shopping hassle-free with their wide variety of pre-packaged bulk food items including flours, seeds & nuts, pastas, baking products, cereals, soup mixes and spices. Customers get all the benefits of shopping in bulk without the added hassle of filling bags and containers, weighing items and keeping track of those pesky labels. Bulk made easy at Andy's Market!"

There are lots of interesting things including a large selection of Serbian ajvar, a relish made principally from red bell peppers, with eggplant, garlic and chili pepper
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajvar

There's a health product section with vitamins, lotions, soaps and such

Outside there's a coffee tent which gets positive mentions on Yelp,. There's also a bbq in the summer that I didn't notice. Here's an old Chowhound post on it, but it seems they made it a permanent fixture the summer after that and it is getting positive Yelp mentions. I just parked on the other side of the building and didn't notice it.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/310786

Ok, I 'borrowed' the "Andy's is dandy' from a Yelp post, but this is one time it is dead-on correct. Some recs I gleaned from Yelp: Andy's triple berry jam, premade salads, sesame tortilla chips, housemade salsa, apple cider, gnocci, cilantro dip

It is a family run market and here's some of their history from the website with a photo of the whole family
http://www.andysproduce.com/andys_mar...

I just looked around because from a long ago visit I wasn't expecting much, I was on a Gravenstein apple quest and my car was loaded with apples. However, from now on, anytime I'm in that area, I'll be stopping by and doing some shopping. It is nice to see lots of things that aren't carried in other parts of the Bay Area.

Past unlinked Andy's posts, some going way back
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6144...
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/17310
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/360613

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Andy's Produce Markets
1691 Gravenstein Hwy S, Sebastopol, CA 95472

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