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PUMPKINS, WINE COUNTRY, AND MOVIES-- OH MY!

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

There is much to love about wine country in the fall; the changing colors of harvest time, the seasonal foods, the Halloween parties, and of course, the wine.

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Topics: wine country, Sonoma County, Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkins, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Napa, wine tasting, Harvest, Halloween, Film Festival

5 MORE REASONS TO VISIT WINE COUNTRY (DO YOU NEED A REASON?)

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

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Topics: wine country, Sonoma County, holiday, gifts, shopping, art trails, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, restaurant, romance, spa, Harvest, season

SONOMA WINE COUNTRY HARVEST AND GRAPE LUNCHEON

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

Several months ago we were approached by the Sonoma County Winegrowers
requesting a lunchEON at Farmhouse Inn restaurant as part of their Sonoma County Grape Camp event. The event is a three day immersion in Sonoma County’s wine country harvest and includes dinners and lunches at several local restaurants. The Campers travel throughout Sonoma County experiencing the different elements of harvest – be it a very early morning pick in the vineyards or heading to the cellar to work on the sorting table, the Campers dive into what it means to work in the wine industry during these few months.  Our campers arrived ready for a break from the work and we were willing to oblige - no better way to begin a midday break than with a glass of bubbly...

 

 

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Topics: wine country, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, Farmhouse Inn, events, restaurant, Grape Camp, Russian River Valley, Harvest

SONOMA SUMMER CONTINUES: SEPTEMBER IN WINE COUNTRY

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

As the new school year starts and summer comes to an end, the busy season in Sonoma wine country is just beginning.  Harvest kicked off early this year; however we’ll continue to see grapes come in for at least another month. Many people know this is the best time to visit; perfect weather and the energy of harvest is a huge attraction. As the harvest continues and we start to see the leaves change colors, wine country celebrates with  some of the best events, concerts, and festivals of the entire year. With everything from winemaker dinners to Kendall Jackson’s Heirloom Tomato Festival and the Russian River Jazz and Blues concerts – September is a great time to visit wine country. Leave the kids at home with the grandparents and come to Sonoma this fall….

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Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Russian River, Farmhouse Inn, events, restaurant, Harvest

HARVEST IN WINE COUNTRY: GRAPES NOT INCLUDED

By Meghan Smith on April 7, 2016

Sonoma County is a great place to visit if you love wine country (and wine), and of course the most popular time to visit is during the  grape harvest. While we love the grape harvest as much as the next person, every year we also get excited about things like tomatoes, peaches, apples, onions, beets, walnuts… we could go on but we’ll stop here for now. We recently had the pleasure of getting out and about in Healdsburg and were able to experience harvest in several different ways. We spent the day visiting Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Shop, Dragonfly Floral and Dry Creek Peach.

 

 

To start our day in a pie and ice cream shop is a pretty good indication of how the remainder of our day was going to be- extraordinary. We were fortunate enough to be the first ones to experience pie making with Noble Folk owners and bakers, Ozzie Jimenez and Christian Sullivan. Noble Folk is the second store for the duo, who also have Moustache Baked Goods in downtown Healdsburg. While the bakery’s focus is on cupcakes and special occasion cakes, Noble Folk offers classic pies and Japanese inspired ice creams.

 

July and August are prime peach and berry season in Sonoma County, so our pie was a reflection of the summer time harvest. We learned how to make a filling and a proper crust. We were also schooled in the artistry of lattice work for the top of the pie. Noble Folk, like many Sonoma businesses, stresses the use of in-season ingredients. We’re looking forward to apple and pumpkin pies this fall. Noble Folk will soon be launching their website and online shopping cart – be sure to get your holiday pie orders in early.


After pie making (and taste testing) we headed over to Dragonfly Floral, just west of downtown Healdsburg. Dragonfly is a six acre farm that specializes in flowers for a variety of events. In addition to flowers they also grow vegetables and raise ducks and chickens. We popped in for a quick tour of the farm and were fortunate enough to meet the duck duo Fred and Ethel.

 

 

Dragonfly has about 4.5 acres of cutting flowers that they use for their arrangements. Our visit to the farm was full of color – roses, dahlias and sunflowers were all in bloom. In addition to providing flowers for events, Dragonfly has been hosting flower arrangement classes. We’re big fans of succulents and their selection was amazing – check out their online calendar for a schedule of classes or stop by for a picnic in their beautiful gardens.

 

Our last stop of the day was at Dry Creek Peach, located on the northern end of Dry Creek Valley. Dry Creek Peach is the only commercial (commercial in this case is only 6.5 acres) organic peach farm in Sonoma County. Dry Creek Peach grows several varieties of peaches including Snow Kings, Red Havens and Arctic Gems. In addition to supplying several local restaurants with peaches (Farmhouse chef Stevo is good friends of the owners), Dry Creek Peach operates a farm stand that is open 4 days a week. You can purchase fresh peaches, their jam and even peach wood cutting boards (we loved these!).

 

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Topics: wine country, Sonoma County, peaches, Dry Creek Valley, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, farm, Moustache Baked Goods, pies, Harvest

SONOMA WINE COUNTRY WEEKEND AND HARVEST TIME

By Mary Calla Rowan on April 7, 2016

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Topics: wine country, Sonoma County, Harvest Fair, Farmhouse Inn, events, MacMurray Ranch, California, Russian River Valley, Harvest

SONOMA HUNTER GAMES: FORAGING WITH FARMHOUSE INN

By Mary Calla Rowan on April 7, 2016

This winter in Sonoma wine country, a celebration of foraged foods is taking place amongst restaurants, wineries and in the kitchens of local epicureans.  While Dry Creek  and Russian River Valleys may be better known for the wines they produce, the hills and forests of Sonoma County offer up a plethora of edible and delicious wild mushrooms. 

Mushroom hunting was once a hobby only for "old timers" here in Sonoma County, but more recently an entirely new generation of foragers are flocking to Northern California for how-to classes on mushroom hunting, grand mushroom tasting menus, and an entire season of celebrating this native delicacy.


Just north of Farmhouse Inn, the town of Healdsburg showcased the wild bounty of Sonoma County with the Healdsburg Wild Mushroom Weekend, part of Healdsburg's Epicurean Winter.   This seasonal event is lined up for aspiring mycologists and fans of foraged wild mushrooms including hunting expeditions, culinary classes, and fungi-centric Michelin star dinners. 
Several wineries and Healdsburg restaurants have added special wild mushroom menu items for this event- try Barndiva's Rabbit Fricassee with roasted wild Chanterelles or pop into the Jimtown Store for foraged mushroom grilled cheese sandwiches and mac and cheese.  At the heart of Healdsburg's mushroom madness is Relish Culinary School's lineup of Wild Mushroom Forays and Demonstration Lunches with Chef and forager Elissa Rubin-Mahon. 


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Topics: Sonoma County, Mushrooms, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, Foraging, Harvest

October in Sonoma- Pumpkins, Haunted Houses and Indian Summer

By Meilani N on May 21, 2015


 
Fall in Wine country...October, my favorite...leaves turning, crisp evenings, chilly and foggy mornings, and absolutely perfect 80 degree weather this weekend.  Indian Summer is upon us, the Sonoma grape harvest is getting close to wrapped up, pumpkin patches and harvest everywhere, and several haunted houses to visit - Halloween is right around the corner.

The fireplaces at Farmhouse Inn are starting to get some use, the firepit is very busy every night (love those s'mores)...don't you love the smell of wood smoke in the air?


This is the last weekend for the Tolay Fall Festival on a 1,700+ ranch  outside of Petaluma.  A Native American Village with demonstrations, Kiddie Corral, Creepy Crawly Critters, hay rides and over 5,000 pumpkins (grown by the tolay Twisted Farm) to choose from.  Pumpkin Patch on steroids!  Gunny Sack races and a pumpkin seed-spitting contest. 

 

This is a good weekend for hitting the Pumpkin Patches- you need time to do a spooktacular carving job, don't you?  But if you get distracted you still have time - Healdsburg is having a Pumpkin Festival next Saturday at the Farmer's Market. 

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Topics: wine country, Russian River, Sonoma County, Miss Charlotte, Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkins, FoodGal blog, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Harvest

October Wine Country- Pumpkins, Harvest, and Art Trails...

By Meilani N on May 21, 2015

Northern California weather is pretty amazing all the time but has this Sonoma County weather ever been more perfect?  I forget how much I love October every year...the colors changing, the still warm days (but with that fall crispness in the evenings), all manners of Harvest going on and of course, amazing wine country fall traditions. 

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Topics: wine country, Russian River, Sonoma County, Miss Charlotte, Sebastopol, inn, Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkins, Farmhouse Inn, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Artrails, Harvest

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