Visitors to Sebastopol have numerous ways to pick up fresh-off-the-farm produce and products.
The Sebastopol Farmers’ Market runs year round, creating a popular Sunday downtown destination for locals and visitors alike. Vendors offer up a wide range of goods, from season produce and fruit to fish, baked goods, spices, cheeses, honey, eggs, jams & preserves, and prepared foods. Non-foods include skincare, nursery plants, textiles and artisan products such as candles, jewelry and more.
Held on shady Sebastopol Plaza, this thriving market is always a fun experience. If you’re there at lunchtime, pick up a duck taco or a slice, and enjoy it while sitting beside the fountain and listening to live music.
Open Sundays year-round, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sebastopol Plaza, Weeks Way at Highway 116, Sebastopol. More info: sebastopolfarmmarket.org
Visit a Farm
The folks at Full House Farm invite visitors to experience “sustainable living from the inside out.” The farm life tour takes 90 minutes to two hours, immersing you all the while in the activities of a working farm. Interact with the horses, goats, and sheep, as well as tour the organic gardens that supply the farm with fresh vegetables — from artichokes to zucchini, and many more in between.
Fresh herbs and fruits are also grown. Samples of foods made fresh on the farm are offered at the end of the tour, including goat cheese, cheese cake, and wine jams and jellies.
Tours (reservations required) are offered at 10 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday from May through November, and also available off season, weather permitting. Tours are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12, and free for farm lodging guests.
1000 Sexton Road, Sebastopol, 888-596-6006. More info: fullhousefarm.com
In the spring, Sebastopol’s Redwood Hill Farm — a goat dairy — offers farm tours, on Saturdays from April to early June. Meet the goats, cuddle baby goats, learn how to milk a goat, and experience sustainable farming first-hand, from the tracking solar array and rainwater catchment tanks to the pioneering use of tagasaste, an innovative goat fodder crop. This Certified Humane farm also includes chickens, beehives, olive and fruit orchards, and more.
An expanded 2017 farm tour schedule offers more opportunities than ever to visit the farm, with smaller groups on individually-led tours for a more intimate experience. Farm tours start at 11 a.m. and last for about 90 minutes. Bring a picnic, and enjoy the farm after the tour ends. Redwood Hill Farm produces award-winning handmade artisan cheeses, including chevre, feta, and crottin, as well as goat milk yogurt and kefir. Tours are $20 for adults, $10 for children, and free for children under 5; advance reservations required.
5480 Thomas Road, Sebastopol, 707-823-8250 More info: redwoodhill.com.
Produce and Artisanal Product Stands
Andy’s Produce Market: The largest open-air fresh farm produce market in Northern California, Andy’s is able to obtain many items from local farmers who only produce small amounts. During the summer, fruits like berries and apples come right from farms near the market. This old-fashioned fruit stand also offers a complete selection of organic and gourmet foods.
1691 Gravenstein Highway N., Sebastopol, 707-823-8661. More info: andysproduce.com.
Beekind Honey Shop and Apiary: At Beekind honey is local, natural, raw, and unique. Beautiful and consumable goods line the shelves, there’s a tasting bar, and you can observe bee-hives in the garden. On sale are premium honeys, beeswax candles, and bees/beekeeping supplies.
921 Gravenstein Highway S, Sebastopol, 707-824-2905. More info: beekind.com
Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodgriguez.