Downtown Bakery Buyers + New Wine Festival + Freeway Pig Update


Hello everyone! I took a day off yesterday because I had something mean. Be careful there! I’m back today with your weekend edition of the Healdsburg Daily, filled with everything you need to know about what’s going on in the city. Here we are…

First, your weather forecast for the weekend:

  • On Saturday: Dense fog in the morning, turning into the sun. Freeze overnight. High: 52 Low: 35.
  • Sunday: Super cold, with a mix of sun and clouds. Little chance of rain at night. High: 49 Low: 42.
  • Monday: Cloudy and a chance of rain. High: 50 Low: 46.

Air over Healdsburg:

Here’s what the air looks like over Healdsburg this morning. (Photo courtesy of Holly Wilson)

Congratulations to our first local sponsor:

If you still need a Christmas tree and would prefer to find it locally Than going to one of those great pop-ups, Grandma’s Farm at 17740 Healdsburg Avenue, just north of the Alexander Valley Road exit, is your best bet. They still have a bunch of fresh cut 6-7ft Noble, Douglas, and Nordmann firs waiting to be claimed, along with wreaths, garlands, and mistletoe. If you want to hang out there are other fun things to do as well – like sit on tractors, listen to grandma’s wild stories, see farm animals, buy eggs, make s. ‘mores, sip hot drinks, etc. You can even bring your dog! Stop by any day until Christmas, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Here are the top 5 stories from Healdsburg today:

  1. The downtown bakery in the square has a buyer! Ross and Karna Murphy, a local couple from Healdsburg, who say they “have loved this place since they were kids and know the energy we’re aiming for,” will take over on New Years Day. The bakery is said to have close in january for some “minor cosmetic updates to the 35-year-old company, “but rest assured -” we’re not doing away with the downtown bakery we all know and love, “says Ross. He’s been the bakery’s breadmaker since last year So when the founding owner Kathleen Stewart and her children put it up for sale a few months ago, according to Kathleen’s daughter, Ross “kind of thought, ‘Hello? – and “this is where the discussions got serious.” (Press Democrat; paywall)
  2. A young man from Greenfield in Monterey County has died in a car accident Thursday night near Dry Creek exit of 101. Just after midnight, “a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy saw a Dodge Dart on the side of the freeway that had crashed into a tree just north of Dry Creek Road,” according to the Press Democrat. “The authorities have not identified the cause of the accident, but they think the car was going “fast enough” and the speed could have played a role. ”The driver has not yet been identified. RIP (Press Democrat; paywall)
  3. There is a big new food and wine festival in Healdsburg this spring, and it sounds like a whoooole thing. The three-day ‘Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience’, as it’s called, would include ‘tastings, exclusive performances and VIP experiences intended to educate participants about farmers and producers in the region. There will also be appearances by famous TV chefs and an outdoor country music concert at Rodney Strong. The main package costs $ 2,500 per person. A portion of the weekend’s proceeds will go to support the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation and the Healdsburg High School Local of the FFA. (Wine Industry Advisor and Healdsburg Wine and Food)
  4. Fitch Mountain Public Kindergarten across from the Monte Vista High School athletic fields just received a stunning new outdoor classroom and play area. This is part of the school’s “Garden of Eatin” program, which integrates edible education and garden nutrition into the lives of preschoolers. According to the Tribune, the space includes “a living ‘willow hut’ where children can play and congregate, an outdoor classroom, fruit trees and flower beds, an earthen kitchen and a sand area. There is also a slide and a climbing area and a tricycle track for tricycle riding. “Where to register! (SoCoNews Healdsburg)
  5. You know the traffic alert that was issued last week about the 800 pound pig on the Lytton Springs offramp of the 101? Well, it turns out the culprit was Chocolate, the resident pig at Grandma’s farm on Healdsburg Avenue. “Our huge pig has decided to take the freeway,” Jennifer Crawford, aka Grandma, told me over the phone yesterday. “Maybe Chocolate wanted to advertise our Christmas trees.” Grandma claimed it “took an animal control officer two hours to bring her down Highway” in the “pouring rain”. (Although grandma tends to embellish!) “My feathers were all ruffled,” she said. “Not only did it come out, but it was on the damn highway. You hit that, it’s like hitting a wall.” According to the CHP, several drivers stopped and tried to lock up the giant pig during the ordeal, but to no avail. The chocolate is now safely back in its enclosure, said grandmother. (Healdsburg crest)

Healdsburg’s photos of the day:

Lisa Lyons took this photo of “Alexander Valley dusted with snow” after the storm last week. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Lyons)
Healdsburg resident Mary Ruffato captured one of the winter fairies during the tree-lighting ceremony at Healdsburg Plaza a few weeks ago. “They were spectacular! she says. (Photo courtesy of Mary Ruffato)

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This weekend in Healdsburg:

Saturday, December 18

  • Breakfast with Santa at the French bakery Costeaux (7.30am-2pm)
  • Healdsburg Running Company Sonoma Lake To run From Gray Pine, Feat. Chicken and waffles (8h)
  • Last Healdsburg Farmers market of the season, feat. Holiday craft market & Closure band John Youngblood and Company (8:30 a.m.-12: 00 p.m.)
  • Covid-19 vaccine Clinic at the Healdsburg Community Center (9 a.m.-12 p.m.)
  • Little Parkies program for Young children at Riverside to park: “Wonderful Mammals” (9h-12h)
  • Drew Esquivel Memorial Duals Wrestling Tournament at Healdsburg High School, Feat. 16 High University teams Across NorCal (9 am-6pm)
  • Santa’s workshop at the Healdsburg Arts Center (10 am-2pm)
  • Reading to a dog at the Healdsburg Library (11 am-12pm)
  • Junior Rangers: “Day in the The life of a park warden“at Riverfront Park (1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
  • Morning: “The best Christmas contest Ever “at the Raven Theater (2 p.m.)
  • Healdsburg Jazz Swing vacation: Rob Sudduth Quartet Live at Healdsburg Square (2 p.m.-4 p.m.)
  • Community Posada Navideña at the Riverfield Apartments (4 p.m.)
  • Jazz Series at the Healdsburg Spirit Bar: Susan Sutton Trio (5-8 p.m.)
  • Flamenco Sol Live at 222 (7 p.m.)
  • “It’s a wonderful life: a Live radio playback“at the Raven Theater (7:30 p.m.)
  • T-Luke and the tight suits, Zydeco in New Orleans Group, Live at Coyote Sonoma (8 pm-11pm)

Sunday 19 December

  • No-rehearsal Christmas contest at Healdsburg Community Church (9:30 am-11:00am)
  • Morning: “The best Christmas contest Ever “at the Raven Theater (2 p.m.)
  • Community Posada Navideña at the Oak Grove Apartments (5 p.m.)
  • Flamenco Sol Live at 222 (7 p.m.)

Monday, December 20

  • Winter vacation Basketball camp at Healdsburg Junior High (December 20-23, 9 am-3pm)
  • Winter vacation Day camp at TCElite, Exploit. Activities, games, snacks and more (December 20-21, 9 am-3pm)
  • CANCELED: Healdsbourg municipal Council Meeting (6 p.m.)
  • Community Posada Navideña at Foss Creek Court Apartments (6.30 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • There is a “freeze warning” in effect until Sunday morning, for your reference. (Patch Press Release Desk)
  • And it looks like we’re probably in another rainy week ahead, starting Sunday night or Monday. (NWS)
  • A case of the a new variant of the coronavirus, omicron, has been officially detected in Sonoma County. Overall, the county’s COVID case rate is still stable, but that could change soon. Health officials take no risks: Masks are now “mandatory for all indoor public places, regardless of immunization status “- with the exception of” certain workplaces, gyms, churches and other organizations “which verify immunization status and meet certain other conditions. (Patch Press Release Desk & Nextdoor & Press Democrat; paywall )
  • Corazón Healdsburg orchestra a series of “Posadas navideñas”, or community meals, at various apartment complexes in Healdsburg on the evenings leading up to Christmas. They say this tradition represents the “journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus”. (Facebook)
  • Today is the last day of Healdsburg Farmers Market this season, and your last chance to visit the adjoining holiday craft section. The market will be back in March. “Thank you for a perfect year,” writes market manager Janet Ciel in the Trib. (Facebook and SoCoNews Healdsburg)
  • Officials at Healdsburg Elementary School have just released some great photos of the children enjoying vacation activities on their Fitch Mountain campus over the past few weeks. (Facebook)
  • Sonoma County Emergency Management Department. said it’s time to “winter” your “go bag”“, which seems very fashionable. ( & Facebook)
  • A fluffy, tan, medium-sized dog has been spotted “All alone” along the “Foss Creek walking trail at the new fork intersection “yesterday. Has anyone recognized it? (Nextdoor)
  • Sonoma County Legal Aid partners with Corazón Healdsburg to provide free legal services to anyone threatened with eviction this winter. Here’s how you or someone you know can get help. (Facebook)

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Simone wilson

About me: I was born and raised in Healdsburg, California where I was the editor of Healdsburg High School Hound’s Bark. Since then, I have worked as a local reporter for publications in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York and the Middle East. I am currently a Senior Product Manager for Patch.


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