Autumn’s Weekend Along the Farm Trails
October’s a perfect month to enjoy weekend outings along the beautiful back roads of Sonoma County, and Oct. 14-15 — with “Weekend Along the Farm Trail” — it gets even better.
Throughout the county, in all sorts of terrain, family farms and artisanal growers are creating agricultural products that reflect their own unique terroir. During “Weekend Along the Farm Trail” you’ll drive through gates and walk into barns normally closed to the public, learning more about what these agrarians and producers do, sampling tasty products, and enjoying fun activities.
Sponsored by Sonoma County Farm Trails, a non-profit organization devoted to creating and enhancing relationships between growers and eaters, this lively weekend gives adults and kids alike a chance to do things like pet baby animals, go on a hay ride, watch a cow being milked, see how cheese and butter are made, take a farm tour, pick a pumpkin, and a lot more.
The way it works is simple. After you register for the event (registration is free), you’ll be sent a list of participating farms and a detailed program, as well as a link to an interactive map. Plan your route, and on Saturday, Oct. 14 and/or Sunday, Oct. 15, jump in the car and head off on your adventure. Most stops along the way are free (although you’ll have ample opportunity to purchase produce, cheeses, and other products).
You may want to download the PDF 2017-2018 Map & Guide of the unique farms that belong to Sonoma County Farm Trails.
Tips to keep in mind:
- Plan your route (distance between locations ranges from 3-15 miles).
- Use a trusted map or GPS, as cell reception is not reliable in some areas.
- Some destinations are only open one day, so read the itinerary and plan carefully.
- Stay hydrated by bringing water, and, since you’ll be outdoors, wear a hat and use sunscreen.
- Bring a cooler and basket or bag for purchases. Please carry out anything you bring with you.
- Absolutely no pets allowed, even in cars, please.
- Wear good walking shoes.
For more information, visit Sonoma County Farm Trails.
For a complete list of all Sonoma County's public events, festivals and happenings throughout the year, please visit our events calendar