Siskiyou Cooks + Chefs: Delicious offerings abound in Etna

Lauri Sturdivant
Siskiyou Cooks + Chefs
The Etna Farmers Market is Saturdays from May through Ocotober.

I love Scott Valley and will find any excuse to travel there. My need to buy peppers to make jalapeno jam is as good of an excuse as any, right? I packed my car with friends and family then took off for a day in Etna. The market takes place every Saturday from May until October. They are located next to the Etna Community Garden and Dotty’s at 514 N Hwy 3. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

Lauri Sturdivant writes the Siskiyou Cooks + Chefs column for the Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers and Siskiyou Daily News.

We piled out of the car eager for our adventure, when we reconvened there was a flat of peaches from Hunter Orchards, bags of fresh corn, a peach galette, a variety of produce and my purchase of jalapeno and poblano peppers. The market has many gardeners selling floral bouquets and sunflowers. Clary Rose Farm sells herbs, greens, beets, plants and chicken bedding. Roam n Ready Provisions sells freeze dried chili and soups made in their home kitchen and ready for your backpacking or camping trip. Starwalker Organic Farms has jerky and meats. I bought pepper from Heartfelt Farms. The market is practicing social distancing and has a hand sanitizing station and participates in the SNAP program.

I found a parking space in the shade to park on Main Street and we walked to Grain Street Bakery located at 445 Main St. This bakery offers handmade artisan breads, pastries, pasta, rolls, tarts and more. My friends bought a loaf of the brioche to make into French toast and a loaf of rye. Family bought a loaf of Country French and we made another trip to the car. They have a Facebook page with their hours and daily offerings.

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Next stop was Martin’s Experienced Items just a few doors down from the bakery. Martin’s really does have something for everyone. I bought a couple of fabric squares and a jacket “I had to have” and my friends bought spice jars and an unusual vintage plate and my family got some hardware items. Across the street is the Etna Creek Outfitters selling hiking supplies, clothing, pack food and things like that. Darn Tough Socks were purchased. Darn Tough socks are sold with a lifetime warranty and are worth every penny. Check out Etna Creek Outfitter’s Facebook page and DarnTough.com

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We were in need of a break so we dropped off more bags at the car and headed to Denny Bar Company. My friends had never been there, so we were shown into the tasting room by India where shot glasses were filled. We tasted some very fine oak barrel aged gin, vodkas and whiskeys. Purchases were made and India delivered to our table where and took our order beers, margaritas and some of their specialty cocktails, Rocket’s Red Glare ($11). An order of Brussels & Cauliflower ($8) crispy fried Brussel sprouts and cauliflower was served with a creamy pomegranate dipping sauce. We enjoyed the vegetables, but we agreed the sauce lacked the flavor of pomegranate.

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The Etna Brewery is a short walk from town where we enjoyed good food, good beers and good conversation. (See next week's paper and blog for my review.) We added to-go boxes to the back of my car and set out for our final stop at the Marble Rim Gallery at 11835 Main St. in Fort Jones. The arts cooperative features the arts and crafts of local artists creating watercolours, pottery, metal sculpture and leather goods. It is always worth stopping by to see what is new. See their website for more information and hours, marblerimgallery.org. We drove out of the valley satisfied with food and beverage and lots of good produce and treats to unpack when we arrived home.