Mar 30, 2017
By Holly Hansen
Sonoma County Farm Trails invites visitors to experience agricultural adventures at “Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies” April 29 and 30. This self-guided, family-friendly tour allows visitors to map out their own routes, selecting from dozens of farms for a full weekend of farm-hopping. The tour and most stops along the trails are free. Visit www.farmsspringtour.eventbrite.com to sign up for the spring tour, or visit www.blossomsbeesbarnyardbabies.com for more information. Registered guests will receive an email confirmation that serves as a passport to specials and discounts, a detailed program with a schedule of activities and offerings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a link to an interactive map of participating locations. For questions, call (707) 837-8896 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Destinations include family farms, dairies, and some of Sonoma County's best-kept secrets. Each destination offers a chance to meet farmers and producers and learn more about their lives, the origins of local food, and the amazing soils and systems that sustain the community. Beekeepers are poised to teach guests about the importance of pollinators to our food supply. They will also give tips on what visitors can do in their own yards to help pollinators survive.
There will be ample opportunities for animal Sonoma County farms are bursting with barnyard babies, including bunnies, lambs, chicks, dairy goats, piglets and even water buffalo calves. Other activities include beekeeping demonstrations, farm tours, tastings (honey, cheese, wine, olive oil, jams, juices, etc.), games and crafts for kids, flower arranging, and more. Many stops will offer snacks, lunches and epic picnic sites. Farm stands will be open for fresh-from-the-source purchases. Carpooling is encouraged.
• Map out your route in advance and use a trusted map or GPS.
• Drive slowly on dirt roads and carpool if possible.
• Absolutely no pets allowed.
• Wear sturdy walking shoes.
• Keep children with you at all times.
• No smoking at the farms.
• Bring a cooler and basket or bag for purchases.
• Pack a picnic or purchase food along the trail; great food options available.
• Carry out anything you bring with you.
• Bring protection from the sun and layers for cool afternoons.
Sonoma County Farm Trails (www.farmtrails.org) was established in 1973 to help ensure the economic viability of Sonoma County agriculture and to instill an appreciation of ag as a vital part of the local community and lifestyle. “Blossoms, Bees, & Barnyard Babies” is one of two annual farm tours offered by Farm Trails. “Weekend Along the Farm Trails” takes place in September and highlights the fall harvest season. Farm Trails also produces the Gravenstein Apple Fair, “The Sweetest Little Fair in Sonoma County,” as well as a Map & Guide that showcases nearly 200 farms and agriculturally related businesses.