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Oliver's Market - Santa Rosa and Cotati

A Plethitude of Produce, Marvelous Meat

Oliver's MarketLeft: The Butcher Boys, James, Chad and Bill.

When I first walked into Oliver's Market at Stony Point and Highway 12 in Santa Rosa, I was jolted by the sheer grandeur of the place.

Wide isle after wide isle showcased local products, high-end cookware, an abundance of cheeses and a liquor department to win over the most ardent of Costco zombies.

And the place was clean, very clean.

It seemed like a Stepford market, carefully designed to cater to the very heart of my soul by providing fresh, delicious foods at affordable prices.

It was all so surreal until I stumbled into the dairy section. They had Clover milk. Anyone who sold Clover milk has to be cool.

So I bought some Clover milk (I can't help myself) and went to the meat department for a roasting chicken.

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Wise enough to not take a basket in, I gathered the Clover milk and plump roaster in my hands and headed for the check-out.

"Will that be all, sir?" the nice lady at the register said.

"Yes," I replied, not wanting to look around at all the impulse buys surrounding me. "Wait!" I added, spotting the kitchenware section nearby. "I'll be right back."

I needed a parmesan cheese grater and, boy, did they have one. It was flat and sealable so you could store the cheese in it after grating. (Only an Italian can grate the exact amount of parmesan cheese.)

While carrying my prizes to the car, I resolved to come back again and again.

The months have passed since I first found Oliver's Markets and the love affair (at least on my part) has grown. They're always having specials but the regular prices are good so that's just a bonus.

I especially enjoy the meat department. The lads behind the counter are having way too much fun working there and the specials are a carnivore's favorite. You can actually plan your weekly meals around Oliver's Markets meat department. They're also great for localvores.

Oddly, I've never seen Clo near the meat department.

The service at the meat department and elsewhere is what really won my patronage. Staff is always friendly and eager to help you find something. I have to admit, being a Libra I'm a bit oblivious at times. Ok, most times. My wife says I have subliminal autism.

Oliver's employees don't seem to mind leading me here and there when things in front of my eyes don't appear right away.

I wanted to do a story on their history but no one called me back or responded to my emails. It doesn't really matter, of course, because I'm into happiness now these days.

Check out their website for their history but make sure you visit one of their stores. This applies to the two percent of Sonoma's population who don't know about Oliver's Markets.

546 East Cotati Ave.
Cotati, CA 94931
(707) 795-9501

560 Montecito Center
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
(707) 537-7123

461 Stony Point Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95406
(707) 284-3530