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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Shopping Local: Oliver’s Called a True Neighborhood Gem

by Angela Hart, RohnertParkPatch

Oliver's Market — the Cotati-based grocery that's sprouted since the late 1980s from a hasty streetside produce vendor traveling over mostly Northern California selling fresh produce, to a widly popular marketplace is still focused on its roots: selling locally produced, seasonal foodstuffs.

It is that commitment, to source meats, eggs, produce, wines and hundreds of other products, from Sonoma County-based vendors that's driven the store's success, even through a recession.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Opponents of Cotati streets plan consider ballot measure to stop it

By Jeremy Hay, The Press Democrat

Opponents of a plan to remake Cotati's downtown into a narrower street that includes roundabouts have told city officials they will pursue a ballot initiative unless they change course.

The initiative would bar the city from building roundabouts anywhere within its limits. Its backers want the city to adhere to a concept it previously outlined, a four-lane street controlled by traffic lights.

Some in Cotati said a fight over a ballot measure would be bad for the city.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Oliver’s plans Windsor store

By Clark Mason, The Press Democrat

It looks as if Windsor is finally going to get a supermarket on the west side of town.

Oliver's Market is planning to open a store near Windsor's Town Green as part of a large commercial-residential project approved Wednesday by the Town Council.

"We have a letter of intent with Oliver's Market to be the anchor for the grocery store. It's fantastic," said Jeff Civian, the project civil engineer for Bell Village, one of the biggest developments proposed in Windsor for years


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Crab lovers snap up season’s first catch

By Cathy Bussewitz, The Press Democrat

“Give me two of the largest you've got,” said Frank Haeg as he leaned into the crab counter at Oliver's Market on Thursday.

The 78-year-old Santa Rosa man was one of hundreds of customers around Sonoma County who were finally getting a long-awaited taste of locally caught Dungeness crab.

The commercial fishing season began Monday after a two-week delay as fishermen and processors sat in a stalemate over the price. The parties settled at $2.25 a pound after some boats from Oregon set out and dropped their pots, and the race to catch the crustaceans was on. Crab began showing up at some local supermarkets on Wednesday.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Planning Commission approves Cotati roundabouts

By Jeremy Hay, The Press Democrat

A controversial $3.5 million plan to narrow Cotati’s main street to two lanes with two roundabouts is headed to the City Council.

“The question is cost, safety and aesthetics, and the Village Mainstreet concept hits all three criteria,” said Planning Commissioner Tim Ritter, using the name given to the street plan.

The redesign of the short stretch of Old Redwood Highway was proposed by city staff as part of a long-sought overhaul of the city’s commercial center. It was opposed by Oliver’s Markets and other downtown merchants who say the plan would hurt their businesses by constricting traffic.


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Where "Local" Means Sonoma County

To us Local means Sonoma County -- period. Not Marin, not Napa, and definitely not the state of California, as some of our competitors define it.

From the day we opened our doors in 1988, we’ve built our business on the simple premise that the best food and wine in the world are produced here, in Sonoma County. We didn’t feel like we were pioneers at the time, but as people have come to understand and embrace the value of locally grown and made food and the value of shopping locally, we realize we were part of the early days of the movement.

As a Sonoma County business, we’ve built enduring relationships with local growers, makers, and manufacturers, because they make the foods and wines we love. Many of them were getting started when we were. Now they are nationally known, but for us, they are still old friends who often delivered products to our Cotati store in their cars back in the late 1980s.

Along with local products being excellent choices for taste and quality reasons, buying locally also improves our local economy. The dollars you spend at local retailers buying local products support other local businesses and our tax base, too!

Tasting Notes

Matt Rice

Sophisticated Summertime Spritzs

The Spritz is a wine-based cocktail that is extremely popular as an aperitif in Northeast Italy. It is typically made with Prosecco, a bitter liqueur (such as Aperol or Campari), and sparkling mineral water, served over ice.

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Let’s Hear it for Dad!

This Sunday is Father's Day, a day to celebrate and honor dear old Dad. That means it's time to pick out a gift to show him how much you appreciate all that he has done for you throughout your life. Here at Oliver's Market, we have the perfect gift for him, and any other father figure in your life - American Whiskey!

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Sensational Stone Fruits are Here!

This week we're offering Fitzgerald Kelly peaches and nectarines. Fitzgerald Kelly is a sustainable peach and nectarine grower from Kingsburg, which is just south of Fresno. His fruit is lovingly farmed through the growing season, and then hand-picked and hand-packaged at the peak of ripeness, resulting in outstanding quality season after season. 

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