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aschapm Dec 22, 2007 08:44 AM

hi all,
does anyone know of farms that will do tours this weekend, or at least in general? the ones i've found on the sites i've visited aren't updated too often. actually, anything food-related and in marin/north bay would probably be okay too, at least for today or tomorrow.

  1. rworange Dec 22, 2007 01:45 PM

    Things don't change that much down on the farm, so old reports are probably still good. You might check out the Sonoma County farm trails site which will give info on any tours.
    http://www.farmtrails.org/index.html

    IIRC, there is an apiary in there that has a tour but don't recall the the hours. Look in Santa Rosa on that site, I think there is some stuff there.

    I don't know how good or bad it is but in the winter Viansa Winery does a tour of the 90-acre wetlands area reclaimed by Sam Sebastiani with the help of Ducks Unlimited that the winery overlooks. That's according to a SF Chronicle article, but I'd give them a call since I don't see anything about it on the site ... not a farm ... but still ...
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/05/29/WI290063.DTL

    One of the wineries on my map of the city of Sonoma does a tour of the vinyards on the weekends, but I'm not sure which winery. But you can look through these to see if you can find it if you are interested.
    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF...

    Note: these are wineries for the county of sonoma, only the city.

    Might be a rough weekend for a tour with the impending Christmas holiday. Wherever you go, hope you report back so we have some current info.

    3 Replies
    1. re: rworange
      Melanie Wong Dec 23, 2007 12:13 PM

      Viansa was just purchased out of bankruptcy. I'm not sure that it's open.
      http://www.winespectator.com/Wine/Fea...

      1. re: Melanie Wong
        rworange Dec 23, 2007 01:33 PM

        Gee, some of those wineries turn over faster than failed restaurants. Here today, gone tommorrow. Thanks ... despite the touristy aspect of it, it was high on my list to check out when in Sonoma next year. Oh well, one less ... that only leaves 166 left to visit.

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          rworange Dec 29, 2007 01:40 PM

          Yep, they are still open ... never closed ...but they aren't doing tours of the wetlands, only winery tours
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/474134

          I was actually headed to another winery and driving by Viansa I saw cars and tour buses so decided to check out what was going on.

      2. Shane Greenwood Dec 23, 2007 06:57 AM

        Harley Farms does a fantastic tour of their dairy. They specialize in Chevre at an organic, sustainable dairy in Pescadero. Super nice people. The tour is 2 hours long and you get to go into the holding pens to meet the goats, try your hand at milking, go into the cheese making room to see that process and enjoy a generous sampling of cheeses.

        http://www.harleyfarms.com/

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