Part 1: Holidays On the Farm Trails (Nov. 18-Nov. 26)
On November 18th, Holidays Along the Farm Trails begins! Visitors should register for free to receive the full list of participating destinations and offerings in our interactive online map. Click here to register. Each week we will publish recommendations for upcoming select activities along the Farm Trails on our blog so you don't miss a beat planning your adventures! Don't forget to check the map for even more activities and offerings, plus timing and details of all.
Our Recommendations for Nov. 18 - 26:
•Sonoma County is famous for both our apples and for being the home of Luther Burbank and his experiment garden. On Saturday visit the gardens and join Slow Food to make your very own apple juice on their apple press.
•Are you eager to share laughs & good conversation with friends and family in town for the holiday? Check out Horse & Plow Winery where you can enjoy a "Farm Trails" flight featuring local cheese & bread with their local organic wines & ciders ($12-$18). You will love meeting the new baby chicks at their property and shopping for art, ceramics & seasonal flowers.
•In anticipation of Thanksgiving, join Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma for a free farm tour Saturday & Sunday at 12pm where you can learn all about heritage breed turkeys and even purchase one for your holiday table. And don't miss the chance to see their latest addition, new piglets! If crafts are more your cup of tea, join Mandalion Designs for a wreath making workshop on the farm Saturday, at 11am-2:30pm. ($75, snacks/drinks included). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot in this small class.
•Looking for a unique experience with a loved one? Book a farmstay and/or a tour at Full House Farm. Enjoy the acres of wild land, the organic garden, meet the dairy goats and the chickens. Tours are Saturday at 10am, call to reserve (707) 829-1561 ($20/adult, $10/child; 50% off for overnight guests).
•"Localize your Thanksgiving Feast" at Laguna Farm on Tuesday, Nov. 21, & Wednesday, Nov 22, from 1:00 - 7:00. Cooking tips, demos, samples and recipes! They are also putting together $20 Thanksgiving produce boxes ready for purchase to help you get inspired and cook a fabulous holiday meal. Plus, create your own gift basket with farm fresh ingredients.
•At Hector's Honey on Thursday Nov. 30, shop the farmstand for gifts of precious honey, enjoy the small U-Pick flower field, taste wildflower honey, and at 11am take a tour and visit the farm animals, beehives, and winter garden (weather permitting). Hector, a third generation beekeeper, lost 60 beehives in the October fires, but he is ever more committed.
•If your family's holiday tradition includes hunting for that perfect Christmas tree just after Thanksgiving, then check out Garlock Tree Farm to choose and cut a Christmas tree, enjoy a carriage ride, visit the farm animals, and shop the small holiday store located on the 10 acre family farm.
•Stock up on the freshest seasonal ingredients for your Thanksgiving table on Wednesday, Nov 22, at the following farmstands:
Glenhill Farm & Gardens is fun for the whole family. Shop the organic farmstand for freshly harvested produce, fall decor, and eggs. And then visit the lambs, goats, horses and a pig named Charlotte.
Green String Farm has persimmons and pomegranates, and so much more! They grow by the motto “50% for humans, 50% for nature,” maintaining an important balance between crops grown for human consumption and crops grown for soil improvement. Their stand is open 10-5 every day.
Stop by Kozlowski Farms, one of our founding Farm Trails members, to pick up one of their fruit pies or specialty food items such as apple butter and jam, which also makes a great gift. They are offering Farm Trailers a coupon as well.
Oak Hill Farm located in Glen Ellen was touched by the recent wildfire that burned through the Mayacamas Mountains, burning the workshop, farmer David's favorite tractor and two farmhouses where the farmers lived. But the farmers did not waste a minute getting back on the land to irrigate, harvest and plant for Spring. Show your support for this beautiful and historical farm by shopping the "big red barn". In addition to delicious and sustainably grown produce, you'll find handmade wreaths and seasonal flowers for sale.
Piano Farm is a small farm stand selling carefully grown & sustainable produce. (Farm Stand open only 11/18 & 11/19, due to weather.)
Tierra Vegetables, famous for their heirloom beans and corn, has a delectable farm stand selling fresh produce including sugar pie pumpkins for your homemade dessert, as well as chile salts and chile jam, hot sauces, cornmeal and more.
And we can't forget the cheese plate! Visit Bohemian Creamery to taste your way through fabulous cheeses to find the perfect additions to your menu. And visit Nightingale, a craft bakery featuring old world, naturally leavened whole grain breads with shop-milled flours from heirloom and organic grains.
Happy Thanksgiving! Part 2 coming Monday, November 27th.