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May Along the Farm Trails

Mother's Day, Summer Camps & Events

Happy May! In this newsletter, we feature farm-fresh ways to celebrate Mother's Day, ag-related summer youth programs, and farm events. As always, visit and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for even more news, offerings, and events!


We're in the transition from spring to summer, with some delicious produce at their peak on the Farm Trails, including the following. Visit to search for local farms, farmers' markets, and grocery stores to enjoy the bounty from Sonoma County!

Asparagus • Citrus • Fava Beans • Lettuces & Salad Greens • Olive Oil from 2023 Harvest • Radishes • Spring Garlic • Spring Onions • Snap Peas • Strawberries • Turnips

Mother's Day Experiences Along the Farm Trails

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MOTHER'S DAY AT GARDEN VALLEY RANCH: On Sunday, May 12, enjoy the day in the sun at Garden Valley Ranch amongst their blooming fields of garden roses (photo inset). Forage for fresh flowers to take home, book a self-guided tour, or reserve a picnic space. RSVPs required. To RSVP for an experience, click here. 498 Pepper Road, Petaluma;

MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND EVENTS AT DUTTON ESTATE WINERY: On Saturday, May 11, Dutton Estate Winery is hosting a Sips 'n' Succulents event to taste premier Russian River Valley wines and design your own succulent terrarium in one of their logo glasses. On Sunday, May 12, join in the Pink Party! Wear your festive pink attire to celebrate the release of the 2023 Rosé of Pinot Noir. Also offering a selection of wines and afternoon garden bites to complete the celebration! RSVP online. 8757 Green Valley Road, Sebastopol;

MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION & PLANT SALES AT OAK HILL FARM: Red Barn at Oak Hill Farm will be open for a Mother's Day Weekend Celebration & Plant Sale on Saturday, May 11, from 9am-3pm. They will have a wonderful array of vendors, activities, and a farm tour at 10am. Bring the family and enjoy some quality time on the farm in spring! 15101 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen;

MOTHER'S DAY TEA & FASHION SHOWCASE AT MCEVOY RANCH: Make this Mother's Day especially memorable with a trip to McEvoy Ranch on Sunday, May 12, where you'll enjoy an estate tea menu and private fashion experience by Evaro Italia. Afterwards, stroll through their orchards on a guided tour, and finish with a glass of wine beside the pond. RSVP online. 5935 Red Hill Road, Petaluma;

MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND CARD MAKING AT FARMERS' MARKETS: On Saturday, May 11, the Santa Rosa Community Farmers' Market at Farmers' Lane and Petaluma Walnut Park Farmers' Market will have card making for the kids. Bring the kids by the information booth to create a handmade card for Mom. There will be lots of gift options from local artisans, flower growers, and food creators to make Mom's day special. For locations and more info about the markets, visit

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH AT FARM TRAILS RESTAURANTS: Check our member restaurants for brunch specials:

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Farm-Fresh Flowers & Sweet Treats for Mom

BLOSSOM & BINE: Treat Mom or the mom figure in your life with a special bouquet or a Flower Club gift subscription (or both!) from Blossom & Bine. This year they are offering a range of options that come in hand-made ceramic vases from J.G. Clay (photo inset). For the Flower Club, choose from 4, 8, or 16 week subscription. Shop online. 2684 Guerneville Road, Santa

FULL BLOOM FLOWER FARM: Both Full Bloom Flower Farm stands will be open for self-serve and all offerings are up on their website for delivery. Be sure to preorder online asap; these beautiful, field-grown bouquets will sell out! Farm stands open sun-up to sundown. Or gift Mom a 12-week summer flower CSA subscription. Two stands: 9516 Graton Road, Sebastopol; and 3855 Roblar Road, Petaluma;

LET'ER BLOOM FLOWERS: Let'er Bloom Flowers and Keltom Roots Wines are teaming up for a special Mother's Day gift package. Order wine and flowers through the Keltom Roots Wines website. Select wines add on a flower arrangement created by Let’er Bloom Flowers; personalized card included. Available for locals only. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, May 8;

MOM'S APPLE PIE: Mom's Apple Pie has a wonderful array of pies for Mom, including their fresh strawberry cream pie! Open daily, just stop by the shop to choose special treats for Mother's Day. 4550 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol;

NIGHTINGALE BREADS: Nightingale Breads will be open all weekend with special treats for the moms in your life: brioche and challah for French toast brunch, cinnamon rolls, seasonal scones, cakes, cheesecakes, and lots of picnic fare as well. View website for full menu and daily availability. Pre-order online or stop by the bakery. 6665 Front Street, Forestville;

PATISSERIE ANGELICA: Patisserie Angelica has classic fresh fruit tarts, best in show individual cakes, and Mother’s Day hats made of organic lemon cake and Meyer lemon curd, as well as Mother’s Day High Teas, which include locally sourced fruit and extra desserts for the occasion! Call to order before they sell out. 6821 Laguna Parkway, Sebastopol; (707) 827-7998,

ZANNAH FARMS: Zannah Farms will be offering all types of arrangements and a few special floral boxes at the roadside flower stand for Mother’s Day this year! Customers can also order ahead through their website or by calling (707) 755-1777 or emailing the farm! 5585 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa,

Summer Camps & Youth Ag Programs

FORNI FARM: Forni Farm & Nursery has a Summer Garden Camp for ages 7 to 11. Two sessions: June 17-21 or June 24-28, 9am-3pm. Outdoors all day in the Garden learning about seeds, plants, composting, soil, cooking from the garden, and enjoying art exercise, and games. 4000 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa;

SCHOOL GARDEN NETWORK: School Garden Network's Garden Camp takes place in July and consists of four separate weeks full of creative, hands-on activities that nurture an appreciation of nature, build healthy habits, and create lasting friendships! Ages 7-12, two locations (Larkfield Community Garden, Salmon Creek School). Ages 13-17 can apply for the Junior Garden Educator program and can earn service hours. Register online, scholarships available;

SONOMA GARDEN PARK: Sonoma Garden Park has three great summer programs. The EnviroLeaders program (photo inset) is available to Sonoma Valley teens between the ages of 14 to 18 and offers hands-on education in the fields of sustainable agriculture and restoration. The application deadline is May 19. Enviroleader Summer Workdays are June 5 to July 26. Learn more and apply. Garden Gnomes Camp is for ages 5 to 7 years old, June 3-7, 9am-1pm. Learn more and sign up. Garden Wizards Academy Camp is for ages 7 to 11. Two sessions: June 17-21 and July 8-12, 9am-3pm. Learn more and sign up. Programs held at Sonoma Garden Park or Sugarloaf Ridge State Park; for more info, visit

Upcoming Farm Trails Member Events

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Tuesday, May 14, 9am-12:30pm

The Healdsburg Farmers' Market opens its Tuesday market on May 14. Though somewhat smaller than the Saturday market, it has ample produce, flowers, food product, prepared-on-site food and handmade craft to meet most shoppers' needs. And the location can't be beat: lining the sidewalks around the plaza, with huge shade trees overhanging, live music playing on the Gazebo stage, it's the perfect morning outing for locals and visitors alike. At the West Plaza Parking Lot, one block off the Plaza;


Thursday, May 16, 4-8pm

The 2024 Occidental Community Farmers' Market season kicks off on May 16 from 4pm to 8pm with music from Broken Compass Bluegrass. You'll find several fellow Farm Trails member vendors there! Visit their website for the latest on food and crafts vendors, events, and more. Thursdays through October 31. Main Street between 1st & 3rd, downtown Occidental;


Saturday, May 18, 10am-4pm (plant sale 10am-12pm)

As part of the Eco-Friendly Garden Tour, the Laguna Environmental Center will open their 2-acre native plant demonstration garden to the public and host a joint native plant sale with the California Native Plant Society Milo Baker Chapter. Then join the guided walk in the demonstration garden at 11am or 1pm to learn about planting and maintaining a native plant garden. Free to attend but registration required. 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa;


Saturday, May 18, 10am-4pm

Lavender Daze at Bees N Blooms (photo inset) starts on Saturday, May 18, with the farm grounds open from 10 am to 4pm most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until July 14. New this year will be Lavender at Sunset open-farm evenings on June 5, June 12, and July 3. Admission will be $15 per person on days they don’t have a band and $20 per person on days they do have a band (May 26, June 16, and July 14). Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets are on sale through the Online StoreVisit the Lavender Daze page for more details. 3883 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa,


Saturday, May 25, 6 pm

Head to Tierra Vegetables Farm on Saturday, May 25, for a Spring Harvest Dinner with chef Maria Clementi of Dooryard Provisions. This will be a four-course vegetarian dinner paired with organic Bonterra wine. The menu is filled with local, seasonal dishes, like hand-foraged wakame seaweed salad, stinging nettles crepes, locally grown mushroom steak, sweet corn atole, and more! Click here for tickets. 651 Airport Blvd., Windsor;


Saturday, June 8, 5 pm

In honor of their 100-year anniversary on their Sonoma Valley ranch, Serres Ranch is opening their gates and inviting you to celebrate this milestone with an unforgettable evening under the stars in their beautiful vineyards. Enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by Emmy-award-winning celebrity chef Ryan Scott, featuring local cuisine and Serres Ranch's award-winning wines all grown on the estate. RSVP here.16060 Hwy 12, Sonoma;


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