Day trip to Sebastopol

Shop the farmers' market and enjoy the local cuisine in Sebastopol, CA

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3 more markets worth a stop

In the Central Valley Farmland-ringed Winters, about 14 miles north of Vacaville on Interstate 505, has always been a refreshing road-trip break for galleries, cycling, and restaurants. The new farmers' market adds more reasons to stop: local melons, corn, tomatoes, olive oil, and wine. You can't miss the 20-plus stalls close to restaurants like the Buckhorn Steakhouse (which also cooks at the market under the name Putah Creek Cafe). 8–12 Sun through Oct 25; Rotary Park, Main St. at Railroad Ave.; wintersfarmersmarket.com

In the East Bay From knife sharpening and music to barbecue and snow cones, the Walnut Creek market ― Contra Costa's biggest, with close to 80 vendors ― supplements summer fruits and vegetables with plenty to do. Bought more than you can carry? Drop off your produce at the Veggie Valet table while you fetch your car. 8–1 Sun (9–1 Nov–Apr); N. Locust St. between Giamona St. and Lacassie Ave.; cccfm.org

On the Peninsula coast  The Coastside Farmers' Market in Half Moon Bay is on State 1, making it a perfect stop on the way to the beach. Pick up picnic fixings, like goat cheese from Pescadero's Harley Farms and vegetables from "Farmer John" Muller of Daylight Farms (also Half Moon Bay's mayor). 9–1 Sat through Dec 19; Shoreline Station, Cabrillo Hwy. S./State 1 at Kelly Ave. 
–Kate Washington

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