Holiday Food & Drink

Grains, Beans & More Dried Goods

To find fresh produce for your holidays meals, visit our Holiday Farm Stands section. Here is a listing of local pantry items and dried goods that you can order or buy direct from the farm.

Belden Barns: The Beldens don't just grow wine grapes at their Sonoma Mountain estate! They have partnered with farmers Jenny and Vince Trotter to grow a glorious range of vegetables, fruit, and grains on the farm. Shop online for farmstead goods including several varieties of dried beans, peas, popcorn, polenta, and flour, all grown and processed on site! Online ordering only.

Preston Farm & Winery: Tucked in the Dry Creek Valley, this diverse farm is a one-stop shop for ingredients for a lovely holiday meal. At the farm store, in addition to seasonal fruits and vegetables, you can find bulk olive oil, grains, and polenta grown on site.

  • 9282 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Daily 11 am to 4 pm.
Tierra Vegetables: Hickory King White, Bloody Butcher, Michoacán Blue, Supai Red Parching—those are just some of the varieties of multicolored heirloom corn this Santa Rosa farm grows and sells for popping and other culinary uses. Add their farm-grown salsas, hot sauces, dried beans and chiles, masa, and other unique pantry items, and you assemble a gift basket any foodie will love. And of course, they have a lot of seasonal produce for your holiday meals.
  • 651 Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa. Open Thurs. 10 am to 6 pm, Fri. 9 am to 5 pm, Sat. 10 am to 5 pm, and Sun. 10 am to 4 pm.

Holiday Meat & Seafood

If you choose to make meat part of your farm-fresh holidays, you have a lot of choices! Note that due to much smaller gatherings due to the pandemic, smaller cuts of meat and turkeys are in high demand so order as soon as possible.

Bodega Bay Oyster Company: Looking for something different for your holiday table? How about local oysters? Choose from several sizes and varieties of oysters, as well as sardines, scallops, mignonettes, and other condiments. 12830 Valley Ford Road, Petaluma. Open daily.

Bud's Custom Meats: Stocked with a huge array of local meats, including prime rib roast, buffalo rib roast, wild boar rack, Fresh Willie Bird and Rosa turkeys, signature smoked turkey, Tur-Duc-Hen, venison, lamb, goat, and more. Order in advance by calling (707) 795-8402 or visit the store. 7750 Petaluma Hill Road Penngrove.

Liberty Ducks: Select from a menu of farm-raised duck product, including whole duck, duck breasts, duck legs, sausage, and more. Or choose a Holiday Box full of different duck products, including legs, breasts, and sausage, paired with Chateau Montelena wine. Order online for delivery or pickup at the farm.

Panizzera Meat Co.: Holiday offerings include their special dry-aged prime ribs, aged in their Himalayan salt dry age room. Or choose from other locally grown, pastured beef, pork, poultry, and sausages for your holiday table. Available at two locations: the kiosk at Andy's Market (1691 Gravenstein Hwy North, Sebastopol) and the retail location at 3905 Main Street, Occidental. Call to preorder.

Sonoma County Meat Company: Shop for locally grown meats, include hamlette, country-style pork pate, beef, poultry, pork chops, bacon, and lots more. Order online or call 707-521-0121. In-store pickup or shipping. 35 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa.

Stemple Creek Ranch: Order from a range of 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef cuts, include rib roast, tenderloin, steak, and lots more for your holiday feasts. If you can't decide, try the Holiday Harvest Gift Sampler box that includes your choice of three types of meat (including lamb and pork), plus a special add-on off Tomales Farmstead cheese. No more orders shipping until Dec. 28.

Victorian Farmstead Meat Company: Choose from an amazing range of local pastured meats, including prime rib, leg of lamb, smoked ham, and poultry. Order online or pick up from the shop at Community Market in Sebastopol. or from several other locations. Delivery and shipping available. 6762 Sebastopol Ave. #100, Sebastopol.

Breads & Desserts

Mom's Apple Pie: Lots of fruit pies for the holidays, including apple, apricot, wild blueberry, and more. 4550 Gravenstein Hwy. N. Sebastopol. Open daily 10 am to 6 pm. Online ordering available.

Nightingale Breads: Wide range of holiday goodies, including panettone, gingerbread, cranberry walnut thyme loaf, potato rosemary rolls, baguettes, and more. Challah available every Friday. Preorder online. 6665 Front Street, Forestville. Open Wednesdays to Sundays.

New Year's Eve

Join Backyard for a NYE Zoom Party Thursday, Dec. 31, 6 to 7 pm. Chef Daniel Kedan will be joined for the evening by MC Clark Wolf. They will be toasting with Balletto wines as they cook and talk all things fried chicken. 20% of the evening's proceeds will go to Sonoma Family Meal. Visit Backyard's website for more info or visit the online menu to purchase tickets.

Takeout

As of Dec. 12, restaurants are no longer allowed to offer outdoor seating due to the stay-home order. But you can order takeout from these local farm-to-your-table restaurants. Some are offering special holiday meals for takeout, and many also offer beverages, pantry items, and more to go. Check their websites for the latest menus and hours.

It has been a rough year for restaurants. Please support them often and tip generously!

Backyard: 6566 Front St., Forestville. Open Fri.-Sun. Will be hosting a New Year's Eve Zoom Party. Online ordering available.

Estero Cafe: 14550 Highway 1, Valley Ford; 707-876-3333. Open Fri.-Mon.

The Farmer's Wife: 6760 McKinley St., Suite 120, The Barlow, Sebastopol, 707-827-3306. Open daily. Walk in or call to order.

Fern Bar: 6780 Depot St., Suite 120, The Barlow, Sebastopol. Online ordering available.

Fork Roadhouse: 9890 Bodega Highway, Sebastopol.  Open Thurs.-Sun. Online ordering available.

the girl & the fig: Order online for Christmas and New Year's Eve dinners to go! 110 West Spain St., Sonoma. Open daily. Online ordering available.

Handline: 935 Gravenstein Hwy. South, Sebastopol. Open daily. Online ordering available.

Hazel: 3782 Bohemian Highway, Occidental; 707-874-3003.  Wednesday-Sunday 5 to 8 pm

Nick's Cove: 23240 Highway 1, Marshall; 415-663-1033. Temporarily closed except for special takeout menus for Boxing Day (Dec. 26) and New Year's Eve.

Papas & Pollo: 915 Gravenstein Hwy. South, Sebastopol. Open Mon.-Fri. To order, text 707-331-4937 or call 707-829-9037.

Ramen Gaijin: 6948 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol.  Open daily. Online ordering available.

The Spinster Sisters: Offering curbside pickup of special dinners for Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year's Eve; order online. 401 South A St., Santa Rosa. Open Tues.-Sat. Online ordering available.

Union Hotel Occidental: 3731 Bohemian Highway, Occidental; 707-874-3555.  Open Fri.-Sun.

Woodfour Brewing: 6780 Depot St., Suite 160, The Barlow, Sebastopol; 707-823-3144. Open daily. Call to order.

Local Artisan Cheeses

Bellwether Farms: Find their lineup of sheep's milk cheeses (soft and aged) at stores throughout the region or order online. Also offering festive holiday gift baskets.

Bohemian Creamery: Unique goat, sheep, cow, and water buffalo milk cheeses. 7380 Occidental Road, Sebastopol. Open Fridays to Sundays 10 am to dark.

Cowgirl Creamery: Available in many local stores or at the Point Reyes Creamery Barn Shop, 80 4th St., Point Reyes Station. Open Wednesdays to Sundays. Preorder, pickup, and online ordering also available.

Freestone Artisan Cheese: Wide selection of area cheese, plus wine and more. 380 Bohemian Highway, Freestone. Open Thursdays to Mondays, 10 am to 5 pm.

Joe Matos Cheese Co.: Organic farmstead cow's milk cheeses. 3669 Llano Road, Santa Rosa. Open daily 9 am to 5 pm.

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese: Offering online ordering and shipping across the country. Gift collections available!

Tomales Farmstead Creamery: Range of goat and sheep's milk cheeses from Toluma Farms. No farm store, but you can find the cheeses at many local markets, as well as by ordering from Daily Driver SF and Piezzi Provisions.

Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery: Range of their local cow's milk cheese, plus pastries, sandwiches, and more. Kitchen open on weekends. Holidays cheese boards available to custom order. 14390 Valley Road Road, Valley Ford. Open Wednesdays to Sundays. Online ordering available.

Vella Cheese: Wide selection available at the store or by online ordering. 315 Second St. East, Sonoma. Open Mondays to Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm.

Wm. Cofield Cheesemakers: Sells its own British-style cheese plus other artisan cheese. 6780 McKinley St., #110, The Barlow, Sebastopol. Open Fridays to Sundays. Online ordering also available.

 

turkey dinner

Holiday Recipe Ideas

Cookbook author and columnist Michele Anna Jordan is a champion of Sonoma County-grown and made ingredients. She shares some of her favorite holiday recipes in her regular Press Democrat columns, which we will list during the season:

Hanukkah Specials

Here are some local ways to celebrate the Festival of Lights (Dec. 10-18)! And check out this great latke recipe from Michele Anna Jordan in the Press Democrat.

Be sure to visit your local farmers' markets and farm stands for potatoes, carrots, and other great ingredients for Hanukkah!

For apple sauce: North Coast Organic: Choose from several organic, Kosher apple sauce varieties made locally at Manzana Products in Graton. To buy online or find a nearby store that carries the product, click here. And check out their latkes recipe here.

Lala's Jam Bar & Urban Farmstand also has Hanukkah apple butter plus Hanukkah needlepoint hand towels.

Find brisket at Bud's Custom Meats, Panizzera Meat Co., Stemple Creek Ranch (online), Victorian Farmstead Meats. (See below for address, online ordering, and more.)

Grossman's Noshery & Bar: This New York-style deli is offering a special to-go menu for Hanukkah. Choose from a mouth-watering array of Jewish feast specials, including a brisket dinner for 2, latkes, smoked pickled fish, challah bread pudding, Sufganiyot, Hamentachen, and lots more. You can also buy Sufganiyot and other baked goods from the bakery case. Order online for pickup Dec. 10 to 18. 308 1/2 Wilson Street, Santa Rosa. Open Wednesday to Sunday. Takeout & outdoor dining. Online ordering available. 

Nightingale Breads: In addition to their wide range of holiday goodies, including gingerbread, cranberry walnut thyme loaf, potato rosemary rolls, baguettes, and more, this Forestville bakery has challah available every Friday. Order online. 6665 Front Street, Forestville. Open Wednesdays to Sundays.

 

Festive Holiday Drinks

You'll find no shortage of festive drinks for the holidays. From locally grown and made apple juice and organic eggnog to a range of fine wines, spirits, beer, and cider, there's something for everyone this season.

Coffee, Tea & Eggnog

The Nectary: Organic, cold-pressed juice, superfood smoothies, ferments, and more. 6760 McKinley St., #130, The Barlow, Sebastopol, and 312 Center St., Healdsburg. Open daily. Online ordering available.

Retrograde Coffee Roasters: A wide range of coffee, espresso drinks, tea, food, treats, and brew gear for gifts. 130 Main St., #103, Sebastopol. Online ordering available.

Straus Family Creamery:  Straus Organic Eggnog has only five organic ingredients: premium organic milk and cream, sugar, egg yolks, and a tasty touch of nutmeg. A delicious holiday treat! Find their eggnog at independent stores and retailer chains throughout the area. Find a store location by clicking here.

Taylor Lane Organic Coffee: Warm up with espresso and tea drinks and small bites, or purchase coffee beans, tea blends, and gifts on site or online. 6790 McKinley St., The Barlow, Sebastopol. Open Mondays to Saturdays. Online ordering available.

North Coast Hot Mulled Cider

Enjoy this recipe compliments of North Coast Organic!
  • 1 (64 oz) bottle North Coast organic apple juice or cider
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 whole allspice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • peel from 1/2 orange
  • 1 (1-inch finger) freshly sliced ginger
  • 2 whole star anise
  • Optional garnish: 8 cinnamon sticks, 8 star anise, sliced apple
Combine all ingredient in a pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and label into 8 glasses, adding garnish if desired.

Wine, Beer, Cider & Spirits

These locally grown and made libations make wonderful pairings with your holiday feasts! Bonus: All offer online ordering and shipping, and many have clubs and gift collections! Note that as of Dec. 12, the Stay-Home Order prohibits tastings or outdoor service, though to-go, curbside pickup, delivery, and shipping are allowed. Check with each producer about their options. Must be 21 or over to purchase or consume. Enjoy responsibly!

Cocktails To Go

One of the most surprising things to happen during the pandemic is the California Department Alcohol Beverage Control allowing restaurants with the proper licensing to sell cocktails to go as part of their takeout menu. These restaurants are offering a range of seasonal cocktails, including some that are alcohol-free, many inspired by local ingredients and featuring local spirits. Must be 21 or over to purchase or consume cocktails with alcohol. Cheers!

Fern Bar: A vibrant range of innovative house cocktails, including several alcohol-free options, to keep everyone happy. 6780 Depot St., Suite 120, The Barlow, Sebastopol Order online.

the girl & the fig: A dazzling list of unique and traditional holiday cocktails, including some with house-made fig liqueur of course! 110 West Spain St., Sonoma. Order online.

Ramen Gaijin: An array of creative cocktails, including some carbonated and bottled in house, plus nonalcoholic shrubs. 6948 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol. Order online.

Union Hotel Occidental: A bastion for classic cocktails, their signature December cocktail is Eggnog & Grand Marnier with a slice of orange. 3731 Bohemian Highway, Occidental; 707-874-3555

Another of the changes to ABC laws during the pandemic was the allowance of distilleries to sell their spirits online for shipping within California. At Spirit Works Distillery's online store, you can shop for holiday cocktails kits featuring their gin, bourbon, and whiskey.