June Along the Farm Trails
Peaches, Berries, Lavender, Farm Tours & More!
Summer Solstice is on the way, which means long, warm days and the beginning of peak fruit and flower season at Sonoma County farms and farmers' markets! The peach and berry crops are abundant and sweet, and the lavender blooms are fragrant and buzzing with pollinators. But don't take our word for it—experience for yourself!

June is also Dad's month, and we're highlighting some top ways to celebrate Father's Day along the Farm Trails. Plus find out some other great ag-related happenings in the area.

With our very high vaccination rates and very low prevalence of covid, Sonoma County, as with the entire state, is on pace for a complete reopening on June 15. After 15 months of restrictions and capacity limits, local farms, ranches, and ag-related businesses have done an amazing job of adapting and pivoting while continuing to nourish and bring joy to the community. And they are so grateful for your incredible support! As we reopen, please double-check directly with each operation on any changes to their hours, capacity, or protocols, as some businesses may be easing into reopening a bit more gradually than others.

Also, it bears mentioning that Sonoma County—along with the entire state and indeed all western states—is in a drought. Our farmers, ranchers, and producers are doing their best to conserve water, and we ask that you all do your part as well. And feel free to discuss the issue with your farmer or producer. They take their roles as stewards of the environment very seriously, and will be happy to share their practices!

Be sure to visit our website (FarmTrails.org) for lots more info on local farmers' markets, farms, eateries, and producers. As always, thank you for supporting local ag. Cheers!

(Pictured above: Dry Creek Peach & Produce)
Berries, Cherries & Peaches Galore!
Duckworth Family Farm: Blueberry season is almost here! This CCOF Certified Organic Sebastopol farm will be opening sometime in mid-June; they're just waiting for the berries to ripen. Hours will be Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm. Sundays are still under consideration, but if open, it will be from 9 am to noon. They are U-pick by appointment only, with a small parking fee. As always, families can bring their own picnic lunch to enjoy on the property. To find out the latest on hours and a link to their online reservation system (coming soon), visit their Facebook page. Reservations required. 2950 Canfield Road, Sebastopol.
Dry Creek Peach & Produce: Peach cobbler, peach pie, peach everything! The peaches are juicy and coming on strong at this Healdsburg farm. Check their website for their farm stand's open hours, as that'll shift depending on the yield each week. And something extra special happened for the first time in five years: a crop of cherries! You can also find them at the Healdsburg Farmers' Market on Saturdays. Call/check website before visiting. 2179 Yoakim Bridge Road, Healdsburg, 707-433-8121.
Tierra Vegetables: You know you've arrived at strawberry paradise because you'll see a giant strawberry on the big white barn at this Santa Rosa farm! Shop for the juicy, sweet, red berries direct from the farm stand, Thursdays and Fridays 10 am to 6 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm, and Sundays 10 am to 4 pm. You can also find Tierra at area farmers' markets (Windsor and Santa Rosa Certified/Luther Burbank Center). 651 Airport Blvd. Santa Rosa.
Farm Tours & Experiences
Bees N Bloom: June and July are the summer months when all the lavender at Bees N Blooms is blooming with bright purple radiance. There are two ways to enjoy the farm: Lavender Daze (June 5, 12, 19, and July 3, 10 am to 4 pm): Come to walk the labyrinth, say “hi” to the geese, ducks, and chickens, stroll through the arced flower rows rippling out from the labyrinth, smell the floral essences, watch the bees hard at work, take pictures of the beauty, gaze up at Taylor Mountain park, listen to the hundreds of singing birds, shop at the farm stand, and enjoy the expansive panoramic views. Bring a picnic and enjoy! Note: No U-cut. Reservations required. Click here to buy a ticket for your parking spot.Lavender U-Cut Experience (June 26 & 27 and July 10 & 11, 10 am to 4 pm): Come on out and harvest your own lavender, breathe in the country fresh air scented with lavender, and soak in the sun and the breeze. Take advantage of fantastic photo opportunities in the lavender field. Reservations required. Click here to buy a ticket for your parking spot. 3883 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa.
Monte-Bellaria di California: High Bloom Lavender Season is June 18 through August 1! Come see the lavender blooming in Bloomfield. Each visitor ticket fee will include admission, parking and a free, 15-minute, VIP tour of the property including lavender fields, beehives, and distillation laboratory. The farm store will be open selling all their fresh lavender, lavender essential oils, olive oil, and honey products. Picnic tables by the farm pond will be open for everyone’s use (first come, first serve). Take a walk all around the lavender fields and see the scenic views of the hills and Russian River vineyards. Large bouquets of lavender will be for sale! Note: No U-cut. Reservations required. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10 am to 4 pm; special Monday, July 5, ticket also available. Register online. 3518 Bloomfield Road, Sebastopol.
Oak Hill Farm: Want to see where the magic happens? Join one of the monthly tours at this legendary Sonoma Valley farm! Beginning this Saturday, June 5, and happening the first Saturday of each month during their open season, meet at the iconic Red Barn Store at 10 am. Enjoy a 30- to 40-minute walk around the diverse farm and learn all about their crops and growing practices. Kids are welcome, but please, no dogs. 15101 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen.
Well Trained Horses: Want to give your family a special summer treat? Reserve a tour for a safe family adventure to a beautiful horse rescue in Sebastopol. Enjoy two lovely hours on 5 acres, meeting the horses, watching a demonstration, grooming a horse, and having lunch at one of their picnic tables in an outside setting with your choice of vistas (or indoors if you prefer, in your "private" stall, across from one sweet horse). Limited to one pod, six people. To purchase tickets, have a great time, and support rescue horses, click here. 11114 Falstaff Road, Sebastopol.
Father's Day Along the Farm Trails
Looking for some easy and great gift and celebration ideas for Father's Day, June 20? Here are some of our top picks!
Black Pig Meat Co. Gift Packs: Local legends in the sustainable meat world have all sorts of fun and tasty gift packs for you bacon-loving dads. Ideas include bacon-toffee "piggy pops," a bacon CSA membership, and a "pig out" gift pack featuring logo T-shirt and baseball cap, bacon popcorn, cornbread mix, and—of course—more bacon! Order online.
Stemple Creek Ranch Father's Day Gift Pack: Gift Dad his favorite beef cuts and plan a backyard BBQ celebration he will long remember. Here are a few sure-fire recommendations that will make his day: porterhouse stake, ribeye steak, sausages, garlic butter, and a Stemple Creek baseball hat. Beats the heck out of another tie! Order online.
Lala's Jams and More at Petaluma Gap Marketplace: Take a jaunt to the new Petaluma Gap Marketplace to shop for local gifts for Dad. Food preservation expert Lala's will have a booth at this one-stop shop, featuring their local jams, soaps, honeys, and more. You'll also find lots of other interesting gift ideas. Saturday, June 19, 10 am to 4 pm at the air-conditioned Hotel Petaluma Ballroom, 205 East Kentucky Street, Petaluma.
Larson Family Winery Tasting: Spend some quality relaxation time with Dad with a special Father's Day tasting of Larson's fabulous wines at their family- and dog-friendly Carneros winery. Tasting slots will be available from 11 am to 5 pm. Bookings available soon; you'll be able to reserve online. Or order online; they currently have a great deal on Sparkling Brut! 23355 Millerick Road, Sonoma.
Dinner at Hazel: Treat Pops to farm-to-table Mediterranean comfort food, including wood-fired pizzas and delectable desserts, at this charming Occidental restaurant! Reserve online. 3782 Bohemian Highway, Occidental. Indoor and outdoor dining; open Tuesdays to Sundays 5 to 10 pm; Sunday brunch 10 am to 2 pm.
Farm Trails Happenings
Here's the latest scoop on Farm Trails member events and offerings!
Farewell to Backyard: Beloved Forestville restaurant and longtime Farm Trails member Backyard is closing, effective this weekend. We are deeply grateful for the many ways that Daniel and Marianna have nourished and supported our community over the years. We wish all the best to this dynamic duo and their future ventures. We're thrilled that they will remain part of the Farm Trails family. Look at their online calendar for their pop-up events, including at our Gravenstein Apple Fair Benefit Concert on August 14, and you can hire them for catering, too!
Become a member of The Happy Dahlia Collective: This new membership program gives the community the opportunity to support The Happy Dahlia Farm in a very joyful way. There are two ways to become part of this special program: Long Distance Dahlia Love: 5 virtual classes on how to grow dahlias, dividing tubers, flower arranging, and more (over $300 value); 10% off your 2022 online tuber order, free shipping; and early access to 2022 tuber sale, for $250 annually • Local Dahlia Love: Everything listed above plus weekly dahlias for pickup (over $400 value) August to October; members' movie nights and picnics; 3 members-only classes at the farm; 20% off event tickets/site rental fees; and 2-hour picnic table rental all season long, for $500 annually (memberships limited). Enrollment open until July 1st. Register online. 2478 East Washington Street, Petaluma.
Sign up for Tara Firma Farms' CSA:
Tara Firma's popular CSA has reopened and is accepting new members. Choose from shares featuring local, pastured chicken, pork, and beef; you have the option of adding on local veggies, eggs, fruit, and cheese. Sign up online. They also have a new private chef wholesale program. The farm store is open with a limited menu Sundays to Fridays 11 am to 5 pm, with lots of eggs available for sale. Note that the farm remains closed to the public, except during events.
3796 I Street Ext., Petaluma.
Try out new recipes from Starcross Farm: If you're craving culinary inspiration, check out the Facebook and Instagram accounts for Starcross Farm. Their creative recipes include appetizers, entrees, breads, and desserts featuring their estate Sister Julie's Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Some delectable options include olive oil pizza dough, almond-olive oil biscotti, and rosemary bread! You can also shop from their honor-system farm stand daily for pantry items, fresh produce, and more, or order online. And note on your calendar, blackberry U-pick will be coming in July! 34500 Annapolis Road, Annapolis.
We connect the public to Sonoma County farmers and producers to ensure the economic viability of local ag and to instill an appreciation of ag as a vital part of our community.
Thank you for your support of Sonoma County farms, ranches, producers, and purveyors in our collective mission of preserving Farms Forever!
Carmen Snyder, Executive Director
Ellen Cavalli, Project Manager
Vince Trotter, President
Lauren Bowne, Secretary
Andrea Krout, Treasurer
Karen Bianchi-Moreda, Director
Alexandra Fox, Director
Rick Williams, Director