If you know me well, you will know that I get quite excited about visiting farms, creameries and ranches with my little one. Perhaps it is a function of having grown up in a bustling city and having no idea where my food really came from till I was much older. I seem to be filling some innate desire to connect with the country and fill the void that existed in my childhood.
Children often love (almost as much as I do 🙂 ) visiting farms and learning where their food comes from. It gives them a deeper connection to what they eat and often gets them eating things they would not otherwise even look at.
Sonoma Farm Trails is a non-profit organization that has made visiting farms in Sonoma country a breeze. Their goal is to support agricultural diversity in Sonoma Country and promote member products and services. Their downloadable Annual Map and Guide is a treasure trove of information and we have found some amazing places to visit in it. It highlights places to visit, hours and contact information and serves as a wonderful self-guide through the agricultural heaven that Sonoma has come to be known for.
This coming weekend (Sept. 24th and 25th) as part of the “Weekend Along the Farm Trails”, head to Sonoma with your kids and explore all the area has to offer. “Farmers from Petaluma to Healdsburg will be dusting off their hats, putting out the welcome mats and opening their barn doors (from 10 am to 4 pm) to tell behind-the scenes stories of Sonoma County agriculture and local foods. Dozens of farms, artisanal producers, wineries and agriculture-based businesses will host a weekend of tours, hands-on demonstrations, food tasting and product sales. From hay rides to cheese making, visitors will have a first-hand opportunity to experience life on the farm and meet the farmers, vintners and artisans who produce some of Sonoma County’s finest food and agricultural products.” There are also some wonderful U-pick opportunities, so check out their website for more information and plan your fun-filled weekend.
This will truly be a memorable food adventure and all you need is a map and a car. Admission to most places is free. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the Northern California fall.