Part 5: Holidays On the Farm Trails (Dec. 18, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018)
The holidays are here! Friends and family are reuniting, nostalgic holiday tunes are playing on the radio, and the smell of pine and roasted ham are wafting from our homes.
Find below our recommendations for the best holiday activities along Sonoma County's Farm Trails. If you have not yet registered, do so here and you will receive the full list of participating destinations and offerings in our interactive online map. Don't forget to check the map for timing and details of all activites.
OUTINGS WITH FRIENDS
•On Monday, Dec. 18, come get witchy with the ladies of The Drawing Board & learn how to make woodland-inspired libations in a hands-on workshop followed by a shared meal around a beautiful communal table with herbaceous cocktails and delicious wine. Get your tickets here.
•Visit New Carpati, a small farmstead, on Dec. 23 & 25 at 11:00am & 2:30pm, to join a Do-It-Yourself mushroom growing workshop & leave with a kit to grow at home. Stay for a picnic and to meet the Jacob Sheep.
•Show off Sonoma County to your guests at Davis Family Vineyards, located along the Russian River, to enjoy wine tasting and a game of bocce! Wine tasting fee of $10 is waived with wine purchase.
•On Saturdays, taste small-batch fermented ciders from local organic apples at Tilted Shed Ciderworks. Complimentary cider tasting for 2 (21+) with a nonperishable food donation for Redwood Empire Food Bank. Receive 10% off the purchase of any 6 bottles, makes great gifts!
•Mention ‘Farm Trails’ at Larson Family Winery, a small, family-run winery for a 10% discount on all wine purchases. Meet their sheep, goats & lovable winery dogs. Great gift items, too!
•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.
•Enjoy the treasure hunt and do some holiday shopping at Antique Society, Sonoma County's largest antique collective featuring over 125 dealers under one roof. Open every day!
•Shop the Garden Store at Garden Valley Ranch and view the winter rose garden on Saturdays & Sundays (10am-4pm), or by appt.
•Step out of the kitchen and into Backyard Forestville to be treated to a seasonal meal featuring the best of Sonoma County's bounty.
•On Dec. 30 & 31 (ONLY), visit Monte-Bellaria di California for a fragrance and aromatherapy workshop at this lavender estate. Learn about bees and taste estate grown olive oil. Plus, shop for Organic lavender products and olive oil for holiday gifts.
OUTINGS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
•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! Be sure to visit their farmstore and shop for your holiday meal, too.
•Glenhill Farm & Gardens, open Dec. 23 & 24 is fun for the whole family. Visit the lambs, goats, horses and pigs, Charlotte and Wilbur, plus children will love the new train. Shop the organic farmstand for freshly harvested produce, farm gifts, and eggs.
•If your family's holiday tradition includes hunting for that perfect Christmas tree, then check out Santa's Trees (pictured above), serving up one more weekend of hot cider and holiday cheer. Garlock Tree Farm will also be open Dec. 23 & 24, offering carriage rides, a petting zoo, & a holiday shop.
FARMSTANDS & ARTISAN FOOD SHOPS
•Visit Bohemian Creamery to taste your way through fabulous cheeses to find the perfect additions to your holiday menu.
•Nightingale, a craft bakery featuring old world, naturally leavened whole grain breads with shop-milled flours from heirloom and organic grains. Get a loaf of traditional panettone or gingerbread for your holiday table!
•Shop the delicious Green String Farm, open everyday from 10-5. 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.
•Saturday, Dec. 23 is last chance to visit Oak Hill Farm's Big Red Barn before they close for the season. Located in Glen Ellen, they sell delicious and sustainably grown produce perfect for your holiday meal, plus handmade wreaths, honey and more.
•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.
•At Hector's Honey on Thursdays, shop the farmstand for gifts of precious honey, taste wildflower honey, and at 11am take a tour and visit the farm animals, beehives, and winter garden (weather permitting).
•Stop by her LaLa's Jam Bar to shop for holiday gifts, jam for the holiday table and learn about food preservation.
•Pick up a pie at Kozlowski Farms, one of our founding Farm Trails members. They are offering Farm Trailers a coupon as well!