A sprawling 110 acre farm, tucked into a pristine valley alongside the Russian River, at the south end of Healdsburg, Front Porch Farm grows a vast array of crops. Besides a wide variety of veggies and fruits, they're known for their exceptional flowers and excellent wine. They've been farming for ten years, and joined our market in 2017. Currently they employee twelve full time workers and sell year 'round at farmers' markets in Sonoma and Marin Counties.

Front Porch founders, Peter and Mimi Buckley met when he was a partner/CEO in a fashion business in Europe and hired her as a creative director. "It took us about 10 minutes to fall in love...we still are," Peter says. Subsequently they founded an elementary school in Mill Valley (Greenwood School...which closed last year after 25 years)...and the Center For Ecoliteracy (http:www.ecoliteracy.org), built the David Brower Center (www.browercenter.org), in addition to other conservation and environmental activism work.

"We started to farm because of the life-affirming regenerative nature of growing food...and we both like to work, design and solve problems. We did not know that our greatest joy would be the wonderful individuals that make the Front Porch Farm community."

Susannah Ashkenas and Sarah Dublin showed me around the farm and gave a run-down of what's new this season. Look for green beans, dried beans, more radicchio, and some new lettuce varieties. More carrots are on the horizon, as well as artichokes and Walla Walla onions. They're excited to be launching a CSA this season and partnering with both Farm to Pantry and Corazon.

Asparagus is in the future, though a few years off. They're adding more perennials, rhubarb and an herb garden going forward as well. And so much more...The creative spirit is alive and well on this beautiful farm, and we look forward to seeing what they bring to our market in the years to come.