Get ready to dig your own potatoes, milk a cow, pick a pumpkin, and taste some fresh cheese on CUESA and GreenLeaf’s October farm tour to two Petaluma farms.
First we’ll visit David Little at Little Organic Farm, where we’ll get a personal tour during the height of the harvest season and learn all about his main crop: dry-farmed potatoes. We’ll find out how dry farming fosters superior flavor and is invaluable in the face of drought.
Next we’ll head over to Spring Hill Cheese, a farm that started with potatoes in the early days of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and grew into a full-time dairy. The farm now raises 400 Jersey cows for its farmstead cheeses, including fresh curds, quark, and aged cheddars. In addition to a private tour of the dairy with owner Larry Peter, we’ll enjoy some public activities the farm offers in October: homemade ice cream and cheese tastings, a tractor ride, and the chance to dig for potatoes, pick pumpkins, and milk a cow.
The tour costs $25 and includes a pasta lunch provided by our hosts at Spring Hill, with sides made from Ferry Plaza Farmers Market ingredients. We’ll leave from and return to the Ferry Building in a comfortable bus. Please bring cash for harvest activities such as pumpkin picking and potato digging at Spring Hill Cheese. Tickets are nonrefundable.