Flower picking, pumpkin finding, potato digging, cheese and cider tastings and cow milking are all on the agenda for attendees of Weekend Along the Farm Trail, hosted by Sonoma County Farm Trails.
A glimpse of Sonoma County’s vibrant agricultural community can be caught during the eventful weekend on Sept. 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sonoma County Farm Trails, established in 1973 by local farmers, is a nonprofit organization working to create a strong agricultural community and to establish a connection with the public it serves.
Weekend Along the Farm Trails allows anyone, in their own vehicle, to travel from farm to farm and learn, taste, smell, touch and experience life on a farm.
Participants will have the opportunity to meet farmers, vintners and artisan producers and learn about their products. Attendees can visit participating farms on the map to watch demonstrations, pet friendly farm animals, enjoy hayrides, explore corn mazes, play games, create crafts for kids, taste wine and more.
“The public is hungry to learn about life on the farm, and Weekend Along the Farm Trails is an excellent opportunity for folks to connect even more directly with the origins of their food,” said Farm Trails Executive Director Carmen Snyder.
Farms on the map span all over Sonoma County and include locations in Sebastopol, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Windsor, Cloverdale and Valley Ford.
One more of the dozens of stops during Weekend Along the Farm Trails is Farmyard Feed and Country Store in Cloverdale. The store carries a rotating stock of animals to view, or purchase, including birds, reptiles, poultry and aquarium and pond fish. The 20 first customers participating in the weekend festivities may enter a raffle and receive a free goodie bag.
Another stop on the list is Noci Sonoma in Healdsburg, a 24-acre permaculture farm producing fruit, nuts, vegetables, grains and more. Visitors can walk around the gardens, picnic on the grass and view sheep, ducks, chickens and rare American guinea hogs.
Tilted Shed Ciderworks in Windsor, a family-run producer of small-batch ciders made from Sonoma County apples, will offer tastings of local organic ciders for $3 a person, and a special talk will take place with Darlene Hayes, Sebastopol-based author of Cider Cocktails. There will also be a cider-making demonstration and an apple press demonstration.
Lynn’s Lavender in Sebastopol will be one of the stops. Visitors can explore their production barn where they produce unique lavender gifts and home and personal products. Guests can also spend time in their lavender fields, flower and vegetable garden and drying shed.
Many farms along the way will offer snacks, lunches and picnic sites. Farm stands will sell fresh-from-the-source purchases and guests are encouraged to pack a cooler if they plan on taking any goodies home.
Interested community members can sign up for the event at http://bit.ly/waft2015 or by calling 837-8896.
Once signed up, registered guests will receive a map and an itinerary via email of the schedule of events for the weekend. Keep in mind that not all farms will be open to the public on both days, which will be identified in the itinerary.
For more information on the weekend visit www.farmtrails.org.