Local Farm Tours with CUESA
After numerous visits to local farms with CUESA, I thought I’d share some photos from the most recent trip. Especially since fall in northern California is really our official summer when much of the best produce is in-season. Based inside the city’s Ferry Building, CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is a wonderful nonprofit organization dedicated to educating urban consumers about sustainable agriculture and connecting these individuals to local farmers. They host a variety of programs including weekly farmers markets, cooking demos, youth programs and monthly farm tours—like the one featured here. It’s a great way to get out of the city for the day, meet thy farmer, tour their fields, and learn about the foods they grow and their practices. Sometimes you’ll shop, other times you’ll roll up your sleeves and get dirty, but each experience is truly unique and enriching. The trips are generally all-day and include transportation and a delicious lunch prepared with ingredients sourced from the farms you visit. To-date I’ve been on a few of these trips: the first to Far West Fungi in Moss Landing, second to Stemple Creek Ranch in Petaluma, and the one posted above was to Frog Hollow Farm in Brentwood. The best way to hear about these is by signing up for their monthly newsletter or checking the online calendar of events. There’s a farm tour coming up end of the month, maybe another in November, followed by more in the spring time.
*All images by me, Leslie.