Before the days of farmers market ubiquity, farmers relied on onsite visits as a means of connecting with customers. Sonoma County’s 44-year-old Farm Trails is a biannual mapped tour of several farms opening their doors to the public to foster this relationship.
With our present-day busyness and the convenience of farmer’s markets everywhere, Farm Trails has become a bit of a road less traveled. But with this year’s devastating fires forcing a cancellation of their annual fall tour, the organization of 200 members is trying something new: opening their farms every weekend during the holidays. Visitors can get a glimpse of farm life and shop their stands and stores for holiday foods and gifts. Click through the gallery above for more information.
November 18 to January 1, Holidays Along the Farm Trails, PO Box 452, Sebastopol, 707-837-8896. To receive a free map of farms, register here.