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2023 Map & Guide cover

50th Anniversary Map & Guide

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Let’s take a walk down Memory Lane, er, Farm Trails! In 1973, a group of forward-thinking farmers banded together to bring the public out onto Sonoma County’s farms and ranches. They produced a Map & Guide that laid down the first Farm Trails along which people could meet their farmers and learn more about the origins of their food. Fifty years later, many things have changed, but our guiding vision has remained the same: to keep farms forever in Sonoma County. As part of that mission, we just published our commemorative 50th Anniversary Map & Guide! You can find it…

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Adam Parks, Victorian Farmstead Meat

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Farm Trails member since 2014 | Victorian Christmas Tree Farm – Farm Trails charter members in 1973  | Community Market Butcher Shop at The Barlow, 6762 Sebastopol Ave. #100, Sebastopol | vicfarmmeats.com For Adam Parks, owner of Victorian Farmstead Meat Company, Farm Trails is in his blood—quite literally! His grandparents were charter members of Farm Trails in 1973, and Adam appeared on the cover of the 1977 Farm Trails Map & Guide. Still, Adam did not plan on following in his ancestors’ footsteps until a financial disaster forced him to relocate to the family farm. From there, Adam created a…

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Barn Open House

SRJC SHONE FARM BARN OPEN HOUSE 10 AM – 3 PM Saturday, September 9th Our open house will allow the public to explore the gardens and barn. Come, meet our animals and speak with the students in the animal science department who care for them. Shop our farmstand full of fresh produce grown by students, check out our flower stand full of gorgeous bouquets, and enjoy some wine on our patio overlooking the pastures! Event details: – Meet our animals – Farm stand stocked with freshly picked goodies – Flower stand with bouquets grown by our sustainable agriculture students –…

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Betty Carr, Mom’s Apple Pie

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On the edge of an 8-acre apple orchard, aptly located on the Gravenstein Highway in Sebastopol, sits Mom’s Apple Pie. Since starting business in 1983, Betty “Mom” Carr has seen some changes occur at her little pie shop. Mom began selling apple pies at the urging of her late husband, Harry, to supplement income from their Sonoma County apple orchard and roadside stand. In the beginning, Mom would bake and sell one apple pie per day. Now she offers a variety of 16 fruit and cream pies, and sells many more a day. However, one thing hasn’t changed — Mom’s…

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California Artisan Cheese Festival

The 17th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival is back March 24-26, 2023. Enjoy three days of delicious fun with Friday Farm & Creamery Tours, Seminars & Tastings, the ever popular Artisan Cheese Tasting & Marketplace on Sunday and added new this year … the Cheese Crawl! A number of Farm Trails members will be participating.

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California Native Plant Sale | Venta de Plantas Nativas at Sonoma Garden Park

[Español abajo] We will be selling native California plants that have been cultivated at our Native Plant Nursery at Sonoma Garden Park on April 8 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to source California landscape and restoration plants for your garden! Sonoma Ecology Center’s Native Plant Nursery is located at Sonoma Garden Park, 19996 7th Street East in Sonoma. We will share a list of available plants (including California native, drought tolerant perennials, trees, and shrubs that attract pollinators) closer to the date! This event will have bilingual Spanish-English support. Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing!…

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Cesar Chavez Day of Service at Sonoma Garden Park | Día de servicio en Sonoma Garden Park

[Español abajo] Cesar Chavez Day is meant to encourage neighbors to participate in an act of community service that pays homage to Chávez’s lifetime of work as an American farm laborer, union organizer, and civil rights activist. Honor his memory by joining us for a day of service at Sonoma Garden Park on Saturday, April 1 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. No experience necessary, just a willingness to have fun and get your hands dirty! El Día de Cesar Chavez anima a la comunidad a participar en un acto de servicio comunitario que rinde homenaje al trabajo y vida de Chavez…

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Day Camp for Kids at Charlie’s Acres

About This one-day, three-hour program is open to children ages 7-12 and will allow your child to connect with some amazing rescued animals, including goats, sheep, cows, chickens, pigs, and more. Through empathy and bonding activities with the animals, games, crafts, and more, your child will walk away with a more nuanced understanding of these often misunderstood beings and foster a greater respect for themselves, one another, and all animals who share the Earth with us. A plant-based lunch and snack will be provided. FAQ: Can I register my child for more than one session? Absolutely! The activities will vary…

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Down Home Day at Artful Arrangements

On May 9, 2020, Artful Arrangements is holding the free 6th Annual Down Home Day for family fun on the 1915 working homestead at 205 Orchard Lane, Penngrove 94951, from 11am to 4pm, where guests are provided with live music, self-guided grounds tours and fun parent-&-child activities. It’s also an annual fundraiser, so there will be $1 parent-&-child (or entire family) games and contests and $1 treats, as well as a Libation Station and BBQ Lunch: Large Plate BBQ chicken meal $10, Small Plate $7, Hot Dog meal $5, Hot Dog $3. Beer or wine $5. For more information, visit…

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Eco Printing with Natural Dyes

Join us at the Farm Store at Dry Creek, on Sunday, October 22nd, for an exclusive experience that intertwines art and nature. Guests of this workshop will discover the captivating world of eco-printing with seasoned artisans Rose Killian and Heather Law, as they guide you through this natural and sustainable dyeing technique. Harvested botanicals, such as leaves, petals, and natural pigments will be used to craft exquisite patterns that embody the essence of the farm and the surrounding Dry Creek Valley. Explore the process of capturing nature’s fleeting beauty onto silk and wool fabrics resulting in patterns reminiscent of watercolor…

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Fall Festival

SRJC Shone Farm welcomes the community to experience the garden during harvest season. SRJC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Department students and instructors will facilitate activities and present an abundance of food. Entrance fee is $5 per car and tickets are available online. A farm stand will highlight Shone Farm fresh seasonal produce, and the tasting room will be open to try our wines. Enjoy lunch in our food court featuring Black Piglet + Catering and burgers from the Sebastopol FFA. Farm activities include: • U-pick pumpkins, apples, and sweet potatoes • Kid’s zone including rotten fruit slingshot and compost lessons…

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Farm Trails at the Apple Blossom Parade

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For the first time in at least 15 years, Farm Trails had a float at the Apple Blossom Parade in Sebastopol on April, 29, 2023. The weather was beautiful, the crowd was joyful, and the float was awesome thanks to our creative team! We distributed hundreds of copies of the new Map & Guide and celebrated the Golden Anniversary of both Farm Trails and the Gravenstein Apple Fair. And big news: we won 3rd Place! We’re already looking forward to next year’s parade, and hope to see you there!

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Garden Gnomes Camps (Ages 5-7) | Campamento de gnomo de jardín (5 a 7 años)

[Español abajo] Let’s get outside! Specially designed for younger campers, this camp will bring the magic of our natural world into the lives of children ages 5-7 years old. Campers will explore nature’s offerings in the enchanted garden of Sonoma Garden Park and oak woodland glen. From treasure hunts, pollinator pursuits, to games and tasting the garden’s bounty, campers will explore the magical world of garden creatures, dig into the soil, and create art. This camp takes place June 19-23 (Monday-Friday), 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Campers are asked to bring their own snacks and lunch. Garden Gnomes Camps are $260 for…

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Garden Wizards Academy: Serpentine Stone Camp (Ages 7-11) | Campamento “Academia de magos jardineros”: campamento “Piedra serpentina” (edades de 7 a 11)

[Español abajo] Garden Wizards Academy Camps at Sonoma Garden Park Session 1 (Serpentine Stone Camp): July 10-14 Session 2 (Obsidian Owl Camp): July 24-28 Camps run from 9:00 am-3:00 pm for all sessions Ages 7-11 Cost: $360 SEC members/$400 non-members per session You may only register 1 child for 1 camp at a time. All digitally-signed waivers are due at the time of registration. For questions, please contact Tony at Tony@sonomaecologycenter.org. There are 25 spots for each session of Summer Wizarding Academy Camps. Scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this short form and we will…

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Gayle & Brian Sullivan, Dry Creek Peach

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Farm Trails member since 1990 | 2179 Yoakim Bridge, Healdsburg | drycreekpeach.com It’s one of the iconic rituals of summer in Sonoma County. No, not floating the Russian River. But refreshing the Dry Creek Peach Facebook page for the announcement of the first harvest of the season, and then lining up early to get the prized peaches before they sell out. Because they will sell out. Since purchasing the Healdsburg farm in 2000, owners Gayle and Brian Sullivan have taken an unassuming peach orchard set in a sea of vineyards and transformed it into a nationally lauded institution, beloved by…

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Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest

The 33rd Annual Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest is the premier Crab and Wine event in the North Bay Area! Join over 2,000 supporters from the agriculture and business communities as Sonoma County Farm Bureau hosts this gathering to support local agricultural education programs and advocacy. This fun and exciting evening has received rave reviews and is the largest crab feed in California and maybe even the U.S.! Combined with a reception featuring premier Sonoma County beer, wine and spirits, live music, and an impressive silent and live auction, the Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest makes for one of…

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Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

We will provide all the materials needed to design & build a wreath using a wire frame, floral wire, foliage (including fir, eucalyptus, bay, & toyon) & holiday decorations. Instruction will be given for beginners. Tea, snack & a treat will be provided! Event is fully outdoors, with open greenhouses in case of rainy weather.

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Intro to Herbalism Class: Spring Awakening

Embark on a journey where you sync your well-being with the changing seasons! Join us for an enriching in-person class series that celebrates the magic of herbs and the wisdom of nature. Throughout the year, we’ll gather four times – in spring, summer, fall, and winter – to dive into the world of herbalism and discover how we can use nature’s cues to nurture ourselves and our community. Spring Awakening: Renew, Refresh, Revitalize – As winter melts away, nature awakens, and so do we! In this session, we’ll explore the rejuvenating power of springtime herbs. Learn about detoxification and how…

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Introduction to Beekeeping at Beekind

Three hour lecture on basic beekeeping information on how to get started with bees, use of equipment and what to expect in your first year. Get answers to your questions. A must have class if you are interested in keeping bees. Taught by Doug Vincent, Owner and Beekeeper of beekind.

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Jennifer Bice, Redwood Hill Farm — Capracopia

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The history of Sonoma County agriculture is filled with a similar theme: Tired of city life, folks go back to the land, relearn lost skills, and raise animals. Through a combination of good timing, risk taking, and innovation, they create a successful business for the next generation to shepherd.  Such is the story of Redwood Hill Farm — Capracopia. One of the earliest members of Farm Trails — they originally joined in 1974 — this pioneering goat farm has evolved with the times but always kept its footing firmly planted in Sebastopol, and in the hands of the Bice family.…

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Kids Cake Decorating Class

Do you have a creative young one in your life that loves to bake? This class is for them! Chef Laci Sandoval will cover numerous cake decorating ideas and techniques, from piping buttercream flowers to applying fondant shapes. Each student will have the opportunity to design, style and create their own cake masterpiece. We will end the class with taking photos of each cake and boxing them up to take home. This workshop is best for students aged 9 to 15. An interest in baking is preferred but no previous cake decorating experience is necessary. We will not be baking…

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Lavender Daze

Our farm is open most weekend days from May 21 through July 10 for Lavender Daze, when the lavender at Bees N Blooms is blooming with bright, purple radiance. Come on out on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19 and enjoy live jazz from the John Kalleen Group from 12 PM to 3 PM. This is the best time to come out to enjoy all that the farm has to offer, especially the lovely labyrinth, farm stand, and live music! Reservations are required during lavender bloom, to ensure we have sufficient parking and that our guests have a wonderful experience. Admission…

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Lavender Daze

Our farm is open most weekend days from May 21 through July 10 for Lavender Daze, when the lavender at Bees N Blooms is blooming with bright, purple radiance. Come on out Saturday, June 25 and enjoy funky jazz from Mike Z Solo Guitar and Vocals from 12 PM to 3 PM.This is the best time to come out to enjoy all that the farm has to offer, especially the lovely labyrinth, farm stand, and live music! Reservations are required during lavender bloom, to ensure we have sufficient parking and that our guests have a wonderful experience. Admission is $20…

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Lavender Daze

Our farm is open most weekend days from May 21 through July 10 for Lavender Daze, when the lavender at Bees N Blooms is blooming with bright, purple radiance. Come on out Saturday, July 9 and enjoy delicious food from Dino’s Greek Food Truck, and live music from Chris Amberger & the Hot Dogs from 12 PM to 3 PM.  This is the best time to come out to enjoy all that the farm has to offer, especially the lovely labyrinth, farm stand, and live music! Reservations are required during lavender bloom, to ensure we have sufficient parking and that…

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Live Oak Farm CSA – Spring Season Launch

Starting Friday, February 10th, we roll into our SPRING Season of weekly produce boxes, and we’d love to have you join us in this season of CSA! This upcoming season runs 11x weeks, (February 10 – April 28). A brief introduction to Live Oak Farm – our aim is to grow unique market-driven produce while always remaining stewards of the land, and connected those we feed & serve. We currently serve Petaluma / Sonoma County, Napa County, Marin County & Solano County families with CSA and local Bay Area restaurants with our farm produce. What to Expect with Live Oak…

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Magic of Masa Cooking Class

Unlock the secrets to one of the world’s greatest culinary treasures…MASA. Masa is grain corn steeped in an alkaline water and then ground into a versatile dough. While largely attributed to Mexican cuisine, it is a staple ingredient in numerous cultures going back centuries and is woven into the tapestry of many modern day menus. In this fully hands on class Chef Daniel Kedan will discuss the rich history of Masa and demonstrate some of the many different uses of Masa dough. Students will cover a variety of recipes including tortillas, tamales, sopes and papusas, using the incredible locally grown…

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May 2023 Newsletter

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Mother’s Day Along the Farm Trails FARM-FRESH BOUQUETS FROM FULL BLOOM FLOWER FARM: Both Full Bloom Flower Farm stands will be open for self-serve and all offerings are up on our website for delivery. Be sure to preorder online asap; these beautiful, field-grown bouquets will sell out! Farm stands open sun-up to sundown. Or gift Mom a 12-week summer flower CSA subscription. Two stands: 9516 Graton Road, Sebastopol; and 3855 Roblar Road, Petaluma; fullbloomflower.com FIELD-GROWN BOUQUETS FROM REDWOOD HILL FARM – CAPRACOPIA: Known for their dairy goats, Redwood Hill Farm – Capracopia also grows an amazing array of cut flowers…

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Midsummer Floral Workshop with Katina Connaughton

Floral Workshops at SingleThread Farms are designed and led by Katina Connaughton, head farmer, floral designer and co-owner at SingleThread and her talented team of Floral Designers. These workshops offer guests the opportunity to delve into many disciplines – flower growing and harvesting techniques, elements and execution of design, use of floral shop tools, identification of seasonal materials and more. Each workshop will be inspired by what’s growing on the farm that month, and what’s in season. June’s workshop will celebrate midsummer and will include making floral crowns and much more. A midsummer workshop dedicated to our role in the…

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Pizza Like a Pro Cooking Class with Leah Scurto

Making exceptionally delicious pizza is a true art form. Join us in the Wind & Rye Kitchen for an evening dedicated to honing your pizza making craft and tasting the results! Leah Scurto, award winning chef and member of the United States Pizza Team, will be here to teach you everything you need to know to create the perfect pie! Beginning with the most important component: the dough. You will learn and TASTE the difference between long and short fermented doughs, how to use a kitchen scale to get exact measurements and the best flours and yeasts needed to create…

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SingleThread Agricultural Workshop

Our Agricultural Workshops are an opportunity for guests to join us in the field, where we will not only discuss our farming practices but put them into action with hands-on activities – unique to each season and month. Led by our knowledgable and hospitable Farmer and Director of Farm Programs, Adam Smith, we will discuss the use of hand tools, varietal selection and crop planning, greenhouse practices, growing techniques, seasonal transitions on the farm and much more. Refreshments from the SingleThread chefs will be served. Group sizes are kept small to allow for individual interests and questions to be addressed…

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SingleThread Bouquet Building

Join SingleThread Farm’s floral team this Summer for a short course in design and bouquet building. Twice monthly, our floral designers will welcome guests into their studio at the Farm Store at Dry Creek, discussing fundamentals of design and utilizing the flowers grown right here on the farm. Our guests will leave with their own handmade, beautifully crafted bouquet. Saturday 7/15 1-2 PM FarmStore at SingleThread Farm at Dry Creek

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Sonoma Garden Park Volunteer Workday | Día de trabajo voluntario cada tercer viernes del mes

[Español abajo] Every 3rd Friday of the month from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm we welcome existing and new volunteers for a fun morning of work and community building at Sonoma Garden Park. Depending on the season activities include prepping fields, planting, harvesting, weeding, pruning trees and prepping produce for the seasonal Saturday Harvest market. Join us for a fun opportunity to enjoy the bounty of each season, and to share and learn from other gardeners. Existing and new volunteers are encouraged to attend—no experience is necessary! Please be sure to bring your gardening gloves, hat, SPF and water. At…

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Sophisticated Sauces Cooking Class

Step up your home cooking! A well executed and flavorful sauce is often what separates a typical home cooked meal from a more memorable restaurant dish. This hands on class will provide you with the recipes and skills to prepare more than six different sauces that will bring your plates to the next level. Chef Daniel Kedan will discuss what flavors and sauce consistencies will best enhance the main component of your dish. From poultry to beef, fish and even vegetarian entrees, Dan will show you simple ways to elevate your cooking. Taste all the sauces in class and even…

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Spring Garden and Woodland Science Camp at Sonoma Garden Park | Spring Garden y Woodland Science Camp en Sonoma Garden Park

[Español abajo] Join the Sonoma Ecology Center Earthlings for our spring break in the oak woodland and garden settings on March 13-17 or April 10-14 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-3:00 pm). Together, ages 7-11 will grow as junior naturalists and agriculturists. Let’s play games, plant crops, draw and journal nature observations, conduct experiments, and craft artwork and culinary concoctions. This week will provide much-needed time to immerse in the local habitat while enjoying friends. On the first day, we will tour the 6-acre farm and straw bale barn, play in the dirt, and on the new children’s nature play area (!) while…

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Spring Seed Planting Workshop: Home Garden Planning and Seed Sowing Party

Let’s propagate locally-grown, pollinator-friendly plants to sustain the earth and ourselves. Back by popular demand… join us for a Spring Seed Planting Workshop! We will gather at Sonoma Garden Park on March 25, 10:00 am-12:00 pm for a tour, talk, and plan for the future. Participants will plant seeds in cups and leave with a collection of starts for your summer garden. Some seeds prefer direct sowing into the warm ground, others do best when started in cups. After this workshop, you’ll be able to accurately follow seed instructions to give your veggies and flowers the best beginnings. Please wear…

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Stephenie Chow, Poppies & Petals Farm

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Every person’s journey to farming is unique, but perhaps none more so than that of Stephenie Chow, owner of Poppies & Petals Farm in Santa Rosa. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she was born in Germany, moved to Canada when she was 10, attended school in Washington State and college in California, worked as a civil servant in Paris and  in corporate banking in Hong Kong, before moving to San Francisco to work for a major startup, until the tech bubble burst and she pivoted to her own home accessory business and art gallery. After meeting her husband, David, she…

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Taller de Cultivación de Hongos | Senderos: Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

[Español abajo] Come to Sonoma Garden Park on March 25, 1:30-3:30 pm for a bilingual mushroom cultivation workshop! We will learn about easy and inexpensive mushroom cultivation methods and when to harvest. This is a free, bilingual event planned around a primarily Spanish-speaking audience. Registration is required as space is limited. Bring water and dress warmly, as the event will be held outside the barn. Heavy rain cancels the event. For questions or more information, please contact alma@sonomaecologycenter.org. There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of…

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The Redwood x Martha Stoumen Valentine’s Dinner

Join us Friday, February 9th at 7:00 for an unforgettable evening as we collaborate with winemaker Martha Stoumen for a special Valentine’s Dinner! Enjoy six courses prepared by Chef Geneva and The Redwood team, expertly paired with four exquisite wines from Martha. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to create lasting memories – secure your ticket now!

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