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Blueberry Ice Cream @ Sebastopol Berry Farm

Melanie Wong Jul 17, 2006 03:09 AM

One last stop before heading home today . . . a quick pull into the Sebastopol Berry Farm on Ross Station road before 5pm. The blueberry ice cream is always one of my favorite treats at the Gravenstein Apple Fair (August 12 & 13, 2006). I had my fingers crossed that I'd find some here.

This was my lucky day. I bought a single scoop, prepacked serving for $3 (pints are ~$7). It went into the cooler in the trunk and I just had it after dinner at home tonight. So fresh and intense, highly recommended.

Image of fresh, organically grown blueberries at the farmstand -
http://static.flickr.com/58/191351100_0ec56106ba_o.jpg

http://www.pcfma.com/FarmBio/Sebastop...

  1. Melanie Wong Jul 4, 2009 01:06 PM

    Update to this topic, I'm eating the blackberries purchased from the Sebastopol Berry Farm at the Friday night farmers market in Cloverdale. The blackberries aren't quite at peak yet, but I coudln't wait. The blueberries are, of course, magnificent, tiny and full of flavor. The big news is the ice creams are ready, if you visit the farm. Strawberry and blueberry flavors, and a new one this year, berry cheesecake.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Melanie Wong
      maria lorraine Jul 4, 2009 07:32 PM

      The blueberry ice cream is one of the best I've ever had. I love the place.

      1. re: Melanie Wong
        rworange Aug 2, 2009 07:24 PM

        The blackberries and boysenberries are at their peak currently and insanely delicious. These surpass the arapaho berries that Langier sadly no longer grows. I lived for the one week those berries were available. The berries at Sebastopol Berry farm are all sweetness and juiciness.

        They also sell raspberry sorbet. I have catching up to do ice cream wise here so I had the blueberry. I was a little distracted by the prices. Ice cream is $4 for a small cup and the berries are up there, though a three pack is $10.

        After tasting those blackberries, I was really sorry I didn't get the blackberry cheesecake.

        They were also selling cut nopales and corn picked that morning (3 for $1). For people who don't like super-sweet corn this isn't.

        There were still plenty of blueberries. Didn't ask any questions so don't know how much longer for them.

        1. re: rworange
          rworange Aug 5, 2009 06:04 PM

          They have a blog and are twittering ... who knew?
          http://sebastopolberryfarm.blogspot.com/

        2. re: Melanie Wong
          r
          rightstar Aug 2, 2009 10:52 PM

          The blueberry ice cream had whole blueberries inside but it was stale. I guess I picked a bad day to visit.

        3. Melanie Wong Jul 28, 2007 03:42 PM

          I was in the neighborhood this morning, so had a chance to stop by for a fix of blueberry ice cream. I asked how much longer the blueberry harvest would last . . . until TOMORROW (Sunday, 7/29). I bought two baskets of the teeny, organic blueberries, $4 per basket.

          Raspberry, strawberry and blackberry season continues, and boysenberries will be available soon.

          Sebastopol Berry Farm
          Open daily, 10am to 5pm
          707-694-2301
          berry_farm@mac.com

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          Sebastopol Berry Farm
          9201 Ross Station Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472

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          1. re: Melanie Wong
            chocolateninja Jul 28, 2007 06:50 PM

            Yummy. Did you happen to find out if they will be serving anything at this year's Gravenstein Apple Fair? I'm hoping this is the year that I FINALLY make it there...seems like something always comes up and I can never get there. Grr.

            1. re: chocolateninja
              Melanie Wong Jul 29, 2007 12:33 PM

              Sorry, I didn't ask. But if you contact 'em and find out, please let us know.

              1. re: Melanie Wong
                chocolateninja Jul 30, 2007 11:45 PM

                Got a callback from the Sebastopol Berry Farm yesterday regarding the apple fair. The woman who left the message on my machine said that they will not be serving anything at the Gravenstein Apple Fair this year as it is the end of the season for them right now. So there you have it. I'm a little disappointed. )-:

                1. re: chocolateninja
                  Melanie Wong Jul 30, 2007 11:53 PM

                  Thanks for the info about no-go on the Apple fair. End of the season for blueberries, but there were signs up on Saturday that boysenberries would be ready soon, hmmm.

                  Last year they had a stand at the Saturday morning Santa Rosa farmers market, don't know about this year. And, they were in Healdsburg this last Saturday, but berries only and no ice cream.

          2. megek Aug 4, 2006 09:36 PM

            Was up in Sebastopol this morning so stopped in to pick up some more berries and hope for the blueberry ice cream. I was in luck! I was so excited I bought a pint (yes, $7!) and packed it on ice for the trip home (which made me nervous but it made the trip just fine). Just tasted it - such a delightful ice cream - wonderful fresh blueberry flavor! I think when I have a bowl later I will top with even more fresh blueberries...

            But now for the bad news. They won't be at the Gravenstein Apple Fair this year, and are just about out of blueberries. Sounds like there will only be few days more. This will likely be the last weekend of the ice cream until next season.

            Many thanks for the rec!

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            1. re: megek
              Melanie Wong Aug 4, 2006 10:08 PM

              Well, at least it's a "good news, bad news" situation and we have time to take advantage of it this weekend. Thanks for the head's up!

            2. Melanie Wong Jul 27, 2006 04:14 AM

              Thanks so much for the first mouth berry report! If you have a chance, please ask them if they'll be participating in the Gravenstein Apple Fair and selling ice cream there too.

              http://www.farmtrails.org/applefair.html

              P.S. And, when you have a chance, please tell us more about your favorites at Trattoria La Siciliana.

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              1. re: Melanie Wong
                megek Jul 28, 2006 12:56 AM

                Alas, I won't be working up in Sebastopol tomorrow. Sigh. But will report back if I get up there before the fair!

                (and if I am brave enough, will post about trattoria...)

                1. re: megek
                  Melanie Wong Jul 31, 2006 07:31 AM

                  Courage!

                  Here's the carte de berries at the farm's booth at Saturday's farmers market in Santa Rosa. No ice cream though.
                  http://static.flickr.com/72/202629295...

              2. Cynsa Jul 24, 2006 12:41 PM

                Are they selling those tiny blueberries, too - not the big fat ones?
                I missed my chance to "dig up" plants when Green Valley gave up the ghost.

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                1. re: Cynsa
                  Melanie Wong Jul 24, 2006 04:05 PM

                  The photo of the organic blueberries is linked in my original post. These are not the tiny ones of Green Valley, but to my eye, not quite as large as the typical commercial berry.

                  1. re: Cynsa
                    megek Jul 27, 2006 12:13 AM

                    I just stopped by there on my way home to Berkeley this afternoon. Sadly they didn't have the ice cream (I asked and it *seems* they usually make it for the weekends). In any event they said they should have some this coming Friday (7/28).

                    Purchased some fresh blueberries - were nice and small and very sweet. Also delicious boysenberries (last of the season). (Blackberries and strawberries available as well, out of marionberries).

                    Hope I am up in Sebastopol again on Friday - my mouth has been watering for the ice cream ever since the OP!

                  2. rworange Jul 17, 2006 04:38 AM

                    So, is that the son that is running Green Hill?

                    I got confused because these two reports were close

                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/31083#135240

                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/31149

                    I remember watching on tv as people came in and dug up the blueberry plants. For some reason, I remember the next year Green Valley wasn't at the farmers market. I just posted their great blueberry pie recipe on home cooking ... love that recipe

                    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                    Love it so much it makes me cook and I've done this pie recipe almost yearly.

                    So what is the story? Are they selling at Ferry Plaza? That was my favorite blueberry jam, not to mention those great berries ... and the ice cream.

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                    1. re: rworange
                      Melanie Wong Jul 17, 2006 04:49 AM

                      This is a separate farm. According to the link in my post, Sebastopol Berry Farm was created in 1986 by purchasing half of Green Valley Farm.

                      1. re: Melanie Wong
                        rworange Jul 17, 2006 04:52 AM

                        Duh, I actually read that and it didn't register. OK, it's the place next door. Last time I was there they were only selling fresh blueberries and not ice cream. Thanks.

                        1. re: rworange
                          Melanie Wong Jul 24, 2006 06:16 AM

                          This was the last stop on the West Sonoma County road trip. Here's a link to the start -
                          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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