Reccomendations for Farms to visit in Son-Co
Here's the web for Tierra Vegetables:
It's right beside the freeway offramp to the Sonoma County airport, which isn't great as a senic destination, but it's really good stuff, and fun: the main danger there is that if you're standing in front of something, trying to decide whether to buy it or not, people shopping there will start telling you how much they love whatever it is, and you wind up buying more than you intended.
Twin Hill Ranch in Sebastopol is good for apples and some other fruits, and they have pie. That's more of a scenic excursion.
Both of those places are open to the public regular hours.
It's a muskmelon. Here's a description from Seeds of Change website
One of our seed varieties which has become a signature crop for Eel River Produce is the Eel River Melon. This variety has had a fascinating history. Apparently the seed was brought back from Japan after World War II by a cousin of the legendary Humboldt County character Bear Jones, who later became friends with Bill. The fruit from the original Japanese strain was orange fleshed with a smooth outer skin, but was prone to blossom end cracking, even after Bear crossed it with the venerable Hale's Best muskmelon. When Bill received the seed he crossed in other muskmelon varieties and gradually eliminated the cracking problem. Seeds of Change first offered this improved variety in 2000 as the Eel River Melon. It continues to get rave reviews for its unusual creamy texture and delightful flavor reminiscent of ripe peaches.
re: Stephanie Sugars
Melons are back at Oak Hill. Today they had watermelon for 50 cents (Moon & Stars, Sugar Baby); Eel River & Crenshaw melons (65 cents); french cantelope Charentais ($1). The Eel River melons are large like crenshaws - smelled great, but a melon to share or gorge upon.
They still have corn, tomatoes, peppers, onions, 2 colors of beets, carrots, green beans, summer squash, 2 types of eggplant, apples, pears, raspberries, cucumbers, salad mix, basil and kale. Plus flowers.
The quality of everything is amazing - vibrant food and flowers.
Depends on what you're looking to get out of a visit to a farm. If you want to buy some fresh, just picked produce, stop by "The Patch" just off the square in downtown Sonoma. It's right across the street from Vella Cheese (also worth a visit). The Patch is a local (co-op?) farm that has a stand selling the day's produce. It used to be an honor bar type of stand but now there is an attendant (which makes the visit better because there's someone to chat up about the farm).
Vella Cheese Company
315 2nd St E, Sonoma, CA 95476
I suggest using the Sonoma County farm trails map (www.farmtrails.org/) for seasonal specialties. There's usually a little grid of what's ripe when and where it's available. Call first.
Oak Hill Farm in Glen Ellen across from BR Cohen has had a reliable, large selection of incredibly delicious produce for months. They're at the ferry building market in SF & also Sonoma's markets, but the quality & selection seem better at the farm site.
8 types of tomatoes including heirlooms $2#
corn - 75 cents
melon - 65 cents # for crane, eel river, honeydew & watermelon
green beans (gorgeous little ones) - $3.50 #
apples - $1 - 4 types
pears - 3 types
peppers - 6 types for $3 #
plus squash, eggplants, beets, carrots, onions, cukes, garlic, tomatillos, salad mix, arugula, basil, Grindstone bread & cookies and more.
and 25+ types of mixed flower bunches including wreaths and baskets.
Visitors to the Valley of the Moon might consider bringing a cooler with ice or at least a knife and napkin to enjoy a melon. :)
Oak Hill Farm
15101 Sonoma Hwy, Sonoma, CA 95476
B R Cohn Olive Oil Co
15000 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen, CA 95442