September Along the Farm Trails
Late summer in Sonoma County is heralded by heaps of heirloom tomatoes, bushels of apples, rows of sweet corn, zucchini the size of kayaks, and dahlias as big as dinner plates, but this year, it was also marked by the lightning-sparked fires here and throughout the state. We at Farm Trails are keeping all those who have been impacted by the fires in our hearts. We are deeply grateful to all the firefighters and first responders from near and far who work tirelessly to protect our communities and our lands. We thank the County supervisors and emergency management team, frontline workers, community and ag organizations, farms, restaurants, hoteliers, and media for doing their best to keep us all safe, prepared, and informed, and for caring for evacuees and first responders.

If you are able, please consider donating to the following fire relief efforts specifically geared to help farms and public lands impacted by the fires. And of course, please continue to support local farms, ranches, farmers' markets, eateries, producers, and all ag-related businesses who are here for you, through thick and thin! (As always, you can search for them on our website.)

CAFF Fire Relief Fund for Farms: Community Alliance for Family Farmers has relaunched its Family Farmer Emergency Fund, offering direct financial support to fire-ravaged agricultural communities, in particular farmers and farm workers who typically fall through the cracks of traditional safety nets.

Sonoma County Farm Bureau Wildfire Relief Fund: The Sonoma County Farm Bureau has created a special fund to support farmers, ranchers, and their livestock, poultry, crops and fencing that have been displaced or impacted by the recent wildfire.

Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation Farmworker Resiliency Fund: SCGGF has reopened its resiliency fund for ag workers and their families who were displaced from their homes, lost wages, or were impacted by the fire. The fund will serve to assist any workers who are employed by a farmer, rancher, or an agricultural employer in Sonoma County.

State Parks Wildfire Relief Fund: California State Parks Foundation is raising funds to restore fragile habitats, rebuild park structures, and aid park staff who have lost homes and vital equipment they need to do their jobs.
Small Farm Stands That Pack a Punch!
From coast to valley, north to south, Sonoma County is home to scores of vibrant small-scale farm stands, where you can shop for the freshest food just steps from the fields. Here's a sampling of some to check out this month. Visit to search by location and product for a farm stand near you. There are many gems to explore and support!
Chiatri de Laguna Farm: Local ag advocate and educator Wendy Krupnick runs this west Santa Rosa farm, with a goal to honor its legacy by creating a place of beauty and abundance, to serve the community and be a “hamlet” as is Chiatri in Italy. Shop for figs, melons, table grapes, eggplants, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, potatoes, kale, and roselle hibiscus for tea. 4993 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa; Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm, or by appointment.
Flatbed Farm
Flatbed Farm: This multifaceted farm offers more than just produce and eggs. Shop for coffee, herbs, plant starts, flowers, and their own line of pantry items, including jams, shrubs, pickles, and more. Flatbed also offers special events such as socially distant creative art workshops. 13450 Sonoma Highway 12, Glen Ellen; Fridays 9 am to 1 pm (coffee, flowers, pantry); full farm stand Saturdays 9 to 10 am (seniors), 10 am to 3 pm (for everyone).
Green String Farm: Soak up the last few weeks of summer with some tasty summer salads! Stop by the farm stand and pick up some tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella for a fresh Caprese salad or cucumbers, onions, pepper, and feta for a delicious Greek salad. You can also stock up on more produce, eggs, herbs, cheese, butter, honey, pantry items, flowers, beef, and lots more.
3571 Adobe Road, Petaluma; Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm.
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Redwood Hill Farm—Capracopia: This diversified family farm is well known for their dairy goats, but they also offer produce and products throughout the year. Shop their farm stand for estate olive oil, apples, tomatoes, and other crops, as well as flowers. They also grow hops for local craft brewers; read about their hop harvest here. Stay tuned for farm tours starting in October. 5440 Thomas Road, Sebastopol; 10 am to 5 pm daily. (Preorder olive oil and bouquets, 707-827-3366.)
Wise Acre Farm: Have you ever bought eggs from ... a vending machine? Well, you can from this Windsor chicken farm! All the hens are raised on 15 acres of pasture on site, and the farmers restock the vending machine each evening with eggs laid that day. Note that the machine only accepts credit and debit cards. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for fun peeks at life on the farm. 631 Arata Lane, Windsor; daily.
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It's an Apple-lanche!
Where to Find U-Picks & Local Grav Products
Apple-A-Day: Bring your family and friends to pick juicy apples at Apple-A-Day ranch in Sebastopol! U-Pick season is typically September through early December, depending on the availability of ripe apples. Check their Facebook page for announcements regarding exact dates, or contact them directly.

Casari Ranch: U-Pick apples and pears at this Bodega ranch begins this Saturday, Sept. 5, and the next several Saturdays and by appointment. They will help you juice your apples if you'd like. Apples are sold by the basket (peck), which is about 10 lbs (about 30 apples makes approximately 4 pies or 0.75 gallon of juice) for $30. Juicing is $5/30 lb. Minimum of $30 worth of fruits, jams, and other items. To preorder, call 707-338-9817 or email.

Gabriel Farm: This Sebastopol farm offers a U-Pick CSA. The $40 Season Pass/Membership fee buys you a case of their delicious Asian pears, as well as the ability to visit the farm and pick, and pay for, as much fruit as you want to throughout the growing season (June to November). Season Passes/ Memberships are per family or group of four and are renewed each season. Please call 707-829-0617 for the most up-to-date information on U-Pick.

North Coast Organic: The Graton-based apple processor has announced that their popular Gravenstein Apple Sauce and Gravenstein Apple Juice products, fresh made from local organic Gravs, are back on the shelves! To find where to purchase near you, check out North Coast Organic's new online store locator.
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Subscribe ... to Meat & Seafood!
If you choose to eat local pastured meat and sustainably harvested seafood as part of your healthy, farm-fresh diet, consider subscribing to a monthly box! These local ranchers and purveyors offer exciting options, and some can be customized based on household size, meat preferences, cuts, and price points. Go on a fun culinary adventure while supporting local agriculture and aquaculture!

Bodega Bay Oyster Company Tides Club: Join the Tides Club and enjoy monthly selections of fresh seafood, recipes, wine pairings. Whatever they don’t farm themselves, they buy fresh at the wholesale market and pass on the savings to you. For example, the September box features 2 pounds of halibut filets and 2 dozen freshly harvested for Miyagi oysters at 20% off the regular price.

Panizzera Meat Membership Program: This subscription service by Panizzera Meat Company offers a fine selection of meats with familiar cuts. Members receive a box of premium meat, delivered to their home, on a monthly basis (can be more frequent upon request). Members are also offered 10% discounts at both retail locations in Sonoma County; also save $20 when you pick up your order at either location. 3905 Main Street, Occidental, or the butcher shop outside Andy's Produce Market, 1691 Gravenstein Hwy N., Sebastopol.

Sonoma Meat Company Subscription: This traditional butcher shop specializes in local meat, sausages, and smoked meat. Choose from a large array of meats and cuts, including beef, pork, poultry, lamb, sausages, bacon, jerky, and more, for monthly delivery or pickup from their Santa Rosa location (35 Sebastopol Ave.). Shares also available.

Stemple Creek Ranch Meat Subscriptions: Start a monthly subscription for a Stemple Creek Ranch product, and it will show up at your door each and every month! Start as many subscriptions as you'd like, and cancel any time. Options include different cuts of lamb or beef—or both—raised completely on pasture on this 1,000-plus-acre ranch near Tomales. Shares also available.

Tara Firma Farms CSA: Choose from flat-rate Premium, Family, Chicken, Ground Meat, and Sausage Shares for the best value, with an average savings of 15 to 20%. Select delivery frequency: weekly, every other week, every 4 weeks, or every 8 weeks to most places. You can also add on from a selection of vegetables, eggs, fruit, and more.

Vic Farms Meat Subscription: Get a wide selection of pasture-raised meat and chicken and save. Select a Vic Farms Meat Box or build your own custom box and save 15 to 25% off of retail prices. Choose from monthly, biweekly, or weekly frequency; and add on special breakfast meats. Pick up your box at the Sebastopol butcher shop (6762 Sebastopol Ave. #100) or at farmers' markets that they attend; or choose home delivery to most of the greater Bay Area or overnight shipping to the western U.S.

Meat Shares
Looking for shares of whole or half animals (such as lamb, beef, hog, and chicken) that you can pay for and enjoy monthly, rather than subscribing to monthly boxes of mixed cuts and products? Check out the share programs by the following local ranches.

Freestone Ranch: Stock your freezer with nutrient-dense local beef from this coastal spot dedicated to restoration ranching. Quarter, half, and whole shares available beginning each May.

Green Star Farm: The 85 acre pasture-based livestock farm in West Sonoma County produces pasture-fed eggs, chicken, pork, lamb, and goat throughout the year. Choose from shares of each, or a combination, as available.

Joe Matos Cheese Co: Purchasing a beef share is an economical way to feed yourself, your family, and friends with local, nutrient-dense, sustainable, biodynamic beef. One share consists of a quarter of beef (about 125 to 150 pounds in the freezer).

Rosotti Ranch: This family-owned and -operated ranch specializing in pasture-raised veal, all-natural grass-fed goat, and limited quantities of duck and chicken. Choose from whole shares of chicken, veal, and goat.
Join Sonoma County Farm Bureau for a Take Home BBQ & support their work to help local ag!

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Pickup- 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Delivery- 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm by city
Dinners are available through preorder only.
Ordering deadline is September 11th!

Each dinner serves 4 and includes BBQ Chicken, Big Boy BBQ's Homemade Mac 'n' Cheese, Lori Bianchi's Classic Green Salad, Franco American Garlic Bread, Costeaux's Brownies

Dinner for 4: $70
Dinner for 8: $130 Includes a bottle of Premium Sonoma County wine!
Additional Chicken Halves: $10
Need some extra dessert? Add on a Costeaux Log Cake! $19 each

Questions? Call 707-544-5575 or email.
Occidental Union Hotel & the Gonnella Family
union hotel
Since 1879, the Gonnella family's Occidental Union Hotel has been a joyful mainstay of the community. And for the past several years, the Italian restaurant has hosted Farm Trails' annual members meeting! Read about the Gonnella family in this lovely Sonoma Magazine article. And enjoy pizza, salads, charcuterie, hamburgers, sweets, and spirits for takeout or on the charming patio bedecked with hay bales and barrels. 3731 Main Street, Occidental. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 am to 8 pm.
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