Springtime Along the Farm Trails

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Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 9, and we have lots of special, farm-fresh ways you can celebrate your mother or the mother figure in your life (even if that's yourself!). Skip the imported supermarket bouquet and cookie-cutter gifts, and treat mom to one-of-a-kind flowers, gifts, and experiences straight from the heart—and from local farms!
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Sonoma County is in the Orange Tier, which means more activities are allowed, so double check with businesses for their latest offerings!

On-Farm Workshops & Experiences

Flatbed Farm: Join in on the farm fun with A Year on Flatbed Farm series of hands-on workshop. Mark your calendar for upcoming workshops: Make a Bouquet, Sunday May 23; Food as Medicine, Sunday, June 13. Also, shop for produce, pantry items, and vegetable and fruit plant starts at the farm stand every Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. 13450 Sonoma Highway 12, Glen Ellen.

Food and Farm Tours: This woman-owned tour company offers unique and intimate day excursions connecting you to the renowned agricultural destinations of Sonoma and Marin Counties, in private groups. Go behind the scenes to meet the makers and farmers, and taste the wide array of artisanal food and libations coming from our local food shed. Choose from set itineraries or request customized tours. Tours include other Farm Trails members! To reserve your tour, click here.

Jordan Winery and Estate: If your mom loves wine and nature, gift her the Ultimate Healdsburg Wine Tour. Your journey will begin in Bacchus Courtyard with a continental breakfast and a tasting of the Jordan Cuvée by Champagne AR Lenoble. After breakfast, step aboard their Mercedes Sprinter and ride in style through the open spaces and sustainable vineyards of Jordan’s 1,200-acre estate. You’ll enjoy alfresco wine tastings, and food pairings, and tastes of their estate olive oil. You’ll see rolling hills, forests, distant mountains, grapevines, and animals—both wild and tame. You will also visit Jordan's newly planted pollinator sanctuaries. Tours are available beginning in June, and they sell out quickly, so reserve online asap. 1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg. (Pictured below.)

McEvoy Ranch: Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Ranch by joining their socially distanced Walkabout Ranch Tours. You’ll journey through interplanted olive orchards and vineyards and along the way learn the history of the Ranch and how McEvoy became the largest producer of organic olive oils in the US! You can choose from three types of tours, and all are followed by tastings of the estate olive oils and wines. To reserve your tour, click here. 5985 Red Hill Road, Petaluma.

Monte-Bellaria di California: This farm will reopen for weekend farm visits on Saturday, April 17. Wander the 9.5 acres of manicured lavender fields along with benches for taking in the views of the valleys and vineyards to the south. Public picnic tables are available if you want to enjoy a bring-your-own lunch. Anyone mentioning Farm Trails will get a 10% discount at the farm store. Estate-grown and -propagated lavender plants will also be for sale. No tickets are required for a farm visit in April or May. And on Sundays, April 18 and April 25, Monte-Bellaria will be hosting one of their most popular workshops: Propagating Plants from Cuttings. At this one-hour workshop you'll learn hands-on techniques from a commercial propagation operation. Each participant will make a cutting to take home. Click here to purchase tickets. 3518 Bloomfield Road, Sebastopol. Open Saturdays and Sundays beginning April 17, 10 am to 4 pm.

Nick's Cove Cookbook and Brunch: Written by proprietor Dena Grunt, this culinary history of Nick’s Cove celebrates the historic restaurant, bar, and inn’s award-winning cuisine, which highlights local seafood, dairy and meat, and seasonal produce from their on-site farm and garden, the Croft. Table with a View is available now for preorder! Be among the first to hold this book in your hands. Starting May 2, Nick's Cove will be hosting Sunday cookbook brunches up in the Croft, and those will continue throughout the summer (May 23, June 27, July 25, and August 29.) The ticket will include a signed cookbook and a four-course brunch featuring recipes from the cookbook. Proprietor Dena Grunt and Chef Kua Speer will be there to answer questions and tell stories about the making of the cookbook. For more details and to preorder, click here.

Redwood Hill Farm—Capracopia: Celebrate the arrival of spring with a farm tour. It is kidding season and the "kids" (baby goats) are waiting to cuddle with you! The flower field is starting to bloom, and you can see the olive and apple orchards too. You will also enjoy a visit to the adult herd, check out the chickens, and see their sustainability measures in action. For information and to reserve your tour, click here. 5440 Thomas Road, Sebastopol.

Sonoma Garden Park  is a public garden with demonstration gardens, garden plots for rent, a native plant nursery, demonstrations of green building, water, and energy technology, and much more. If you'd like to get hands-on experience growing food and working with native habitats, sign up as a volunteer to help with all facets of the garden, from tending the chickens and the flower garden, pruning, and assisting at the market or nursery. For more details and to sign up, click here. 19996 7th Street East, Sonoma.

Toluma Farms & Tomales Farmstead Creamery: Come and find out about the history of how this goat/sheep dairy and creamery came to be. Tours include a visit with the animals including newborn lambs and kids, hike up to the pastures to learn about their organic pasture management system, peek into the creamery with an explanation of how they make cheese, and of course enjoy a cheese tasting! Private tours for pods between 6 to 10 people. To sign up, click here, or email. 5488 Middle Road, Petaluma.

Well-Trained Horses: Need to get out of the house? Visit us, and do some good! Visit our horse rescue. Take a tour, watch a demonstration, groom a horse, and have a private picnic at your own table or decorated stall! We require masks and social distancing. Hand sanitizer available on site. To reserve your visit, click here. 11114 Falstaff Road, Sebastopol.

Mother's Day Flowers & Gifts

Full Bloom Flower Farm: Send some extra love to Mom in the form of fresh-cut, organic flower bouquet, including garden roses, agrostemma, greens, stock, sweet william, larkspur, clarkia, and vines. Local delivery and farm stand pickup available, and you have a choice of arrangements. Or give Mom a 12-week Summer Flower CSA gift membership! Weekly bouquets will include dahlias, roses, lisianthus, sunflowers, zinnias, snaps, celosia, amaranth, phlox, grasses, marigolds, and other gems. Pickup is at the farm stand each Friday in Graton from July 2 to September 17. 9516 Graton Road, Sebastopol.

JoLee Blooms & Design: You have three wonderful options for Mother's Day: A hand-wrapped bouquet featuring Jenniflora garden roses and other seasonal treasures from JoLee Bloom's farm in (appropriately named!) Bloomfield, starting at $65; a vase-designed arrangement featuring Jenniflora garden roses and other seasonal treasures from JoLee's field, starting at $120. Or 4 weeks of their Flower Share, including a gift certificate, card, and petite posy, starting at $240. Local delivery is included in the rate and available. Order online.

Redwood Hill Farm—Capracopia: Order a custom Mother's Day bouquet made with love from flowers grown on this diversified farm and goat dairy. Among the varieties available are Icelandic poppies, sweet William, sweet peas, fragrant garden roses, lilacs, snapdragons, and lots more, along with foliage from their olive trees, raspberry beds, hopyard, and fruit orchard. Two bouquet sizes available ($20 and $40). To order, call 707-827-3366 or email. Pickup available at the farm stand. As a special treat, you can also take Mom on a Spring Farm Tour that weekend! Reserve your spot online. 5440 Thomas Road, Sebastopol.

Singing Frogs Farm: Treat Mom to seasonal beautiful mixed bouquets from this seminal regenerative farm with a gift membership to their Flower CSA. Bouquets will begin with spring blooms of ranunculus, anemone, larkspur, baby's breath, bachelor buttons, Love in a Mist, and many more. Mid-summer will be popping with zinnias, rudebeckia, asters, sunflowers, and more! Late season will be full of more of these goodies plus dahlias! You can choose between full and half shares, and rates are prorated depending on signups. Pickup at the farm or other West County or Santa Rosa locations. Order online. 1301 Ferguson Road, Sebastopol.

Handmade Vases and Flowers from Backyard: You know Backyard for their tasty hyperlocal meals, with choices ranging from chicken pot pie, grilled lamb gyros, their famous fried chicken, BBQ ribs, and lots more. But did you know they have beautiful handmade pottery vases with garden-grown flowers for Mother's Day gifts? Purchase on-site Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, 12 to 7 pm. While you're there, treat Mom to an early's Mother's Day dinner! Order online for meals to go, or to enjoy al fresco seating at their picnic tables. 6566 Front Street, Forestville.

Soap Cauldron: Pamper Mom with with all-natural, Sonoma County–made artisan skin and bath products! Gifts sets she'll love include the Vernal Equinox bar soap and body butter gift set (made with honeysuckle, lilac, lavender, and lily of the valley) as well as the Floral Essentials body and bath gift collection (featuring French lavender, rose and coconut, and ylang-ylang scents). Visit their online store for even more gift ideas. Order online.

Heart-Shaped Mt. Tam from Cowgirl Creamery: The perfect Mother's Day treat! Heart's Desire, Cowgirl Creamery's wholeheartedly delicious triple cream, is back for a limited time! This collection features the indulgent heart-shaped Mt Tam, a new springtime goat cheese from Capriole Farms, and decadently sweet pairings like Rustic Bakery Shortbread, tart berry preserves, and dark chocolate Toffee Nib Brittle from NeoCocoa Confections. Order online for shipping.

Mother's Day Experiences

Bees N Bloom: Share Mother's Day weekend with the bees and blooms at this pollinator-friendly farm. They'll be open Saturday and Sunday, May 8 and 9, 10 am to 3 pm, with bouquets by SideKick Flowers, special gifts, and plant starts at their farm stand. Preorder bouquets through their online store. No reservations are needed to visit the farm, walk the lavender labyrinth, bring a picnic, meet the ducks, and explore! 3883 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa.

Garden Valley Ranch: Celebrate motherhood amongst the blooming roses on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 9. Guests are invited to explore the magical rose farm and forage for fresh-cut flowers while enjoying the company of Garden Valley's many free-range farm animals. You are also welcome to bring a picnic and blanket during your stay. Guests will leave with a bucket full of flowers and full hearts. Click here to reserve your tickets. Also shop for roses at the nursery and online. Cottage rental and event hosting also available. 498 Pepper Road, Petaluma.

John Ash & Co.: Brunch is back this year! Dine inside or outdoors on farm-to-table Wine Country favorites such as lobster crepes, eggs benedict, duck confit hash, and more, featuring ingredients from other Farm Trails members such as Valley Ford Creamery, Vella Cheese, and Liberty Duck. Reservations accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurants is also open for dinner on this night, 5 to 8:30 p.m. To reserve your table, click here.

Monte Bellaria di California: This lavender farm will be offering a drought-resistant Mother's Day. Last year, when there was plenty of rain, they harvested and stored a great deal of dried lavender buds. Because lavender stores its fragrance (essential oil) for a long, long time, they'll be offering special gifts that include dried lavender sachets…and they'll teach visitors the secret of revitalizing dried, fragrant herbs. Visit their website for special Mother's Day Workshops for moms who love to garden! No reservations or tickets required for Mother's Day! 3518 Bloomfield Road, Sebastopol.