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Crane Melon Barn - eats, farmstands on way to Santa Rosa?

rworange Oct 8, 2005 02:50 PM

So, I'm going up there tommorrow to check out these melons mentioned by Melanie last month. In the link below to a Sunset Magazine article it says that some people even plan their vacations from the East Coast around Crane melon season. The least I can do is drive up from San Pablo.

I'm not too familiar with the Santa Rosa area. Any other worthy farmstands to check out ... unworthy farmstands are fine too.

Any places to stop on route? I'm thinking of hooking on 101 via the San Rafael bridge and maybe checking Ricky's in Novato out to see if they have those Meetinghouse biscuits. Anyone been to Rickey's yet?

Anything else worth looking into en route. I might stop by Petaluma just to LOOK into the Rosen cheesecake place ... nut buy, just for future reference so I know where it its.

I'll probably meander back somewhere through wine country and take the Cartizez Bridge back. So interesting farmstands going back could influence the route I take.

Link: http://www.findarticles.com/p/article...

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    Cynthia RE: rworange Oct 8, 2005 06:47 PM

    While in Petaluma, make a stop for bread at Della Fattoria - 141 Petaluma Blvd. North/Petaluma/707-763-0161
    /Tues-Sat, 7-7 and Sun, 9-3

    Link: http://www.dellafattoria.com/cafe.html

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      jen maiser RE: rworange Oct 8, 2005 11:06 PM

      I tried to go to Crane last weekend (Saturday) and they were closed. Just FYI.

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        rworange RE: jen maiser Oct 10, 2005 03:50 AM

        Thanks for the heads up and saving me a trip, Jen. I called Sunday before leaving and they were still closed.

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          Peter Yee RE: rworange Oct 19, 2008 10:03 AM

          I called today and the recording said that they would open "this Saturday". Not exactly informative as to whether that was yesterday or the upcoming Saturday.

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            RWCFoodie RE: Peter Yee Oct 19, 2008 05:30 PM

            Hi Peter - we stopped at the Crane Melon barn back on the weekend of Sept 6-7 and they had lots of melons - delicious. I got the feeling that it was the height of the season...

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              Peter Yee RE: RWCFoodie Oct 23, 2008 07:50 PM

              Weird. The last time I had called them, they said they wouldn't be open until October. Had me thinking the season was going to late. Sounds like they may have had a production lull.

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