It’s late summer in Sonoma & Napa Valleys; the days are warm with spectacular evening sunsets. It is a wonderful time to be in the wine country! Here I share a few special farms and ranches to visit at your leisure.
The slower pace of an outdoor activity, like visiting a farm stand, can be very inviting on the weekends. Crisp, fresh country air, rustic barns filled with flowers and local produce, and the notion of discovering something unique and tasty to bring home are all tenets of the leisure lifestyle.
Farms & Ranches to Visit
In Sonoma and Napa Valley, a favorite place to visit on the weekend is a local farm or ranch to see something new and get inspired by whatever is fresh and seasonal. You get a true feel for wine country when you stop in at these rustic farms, and receive a warm welcome as you wander around. Whether you’re up for a quick pitstop, or would rather immerse yourself in a few days of the experience, these are a few of my favorite spots. It’s always worth a drive to discover an abundance of seasonal fruits, vegetables, jams, linens, flowers, and baked goods. The California ranch community has been a part of my lifestyle all of my life: feel free to contact me anytime to chat about life amidst the gardens, land, animals—wild or domestic—and meandering creeks. Wishing you many moments of ease and happiness as you experience the Art of Leisure.
Oakhill Farm and Flatbed Farm
The lovely entrance of Oak Hill Farm; the Red Barn has been hosting these markets for years.
A colorful bouquet of fresh flowers just picked from the nearby garden. Oak Hill Farm offers a large selection of flowers, vegetables, jams, and much more for the home.
Red onions and lemon cucumbers harvested from the land.
A few tomatoes; these may be heirloom varieties.
The Entrance to Flatbed Farm just off Highway 12 in Sonoma Valley.
A few of the gardens at Flatbed Farm.
Very special offerings from the kitchen.
Colored candles for the home.
Flatbed Farm has an expansive collection of both dried and fresh flowers. They also serve coffee most Saturday mornings with freshly baked offerings from a Sausalito baker.
Rows of fresh blackberries bushes growing in the summer sun, just waiting for someone to pick them.
These will be perfect for a homemade cobbler. Sonoma Garden Park market and grounds offer fresh produce, take a stroll and visit the chickens or view the active bee hives on the property.
Sunflowers growing on the east side of Sonoma at Sonoma Garden Park, at which the Sonoma Nature Journal Club maintains a small plot.
Wishing you much joy and happiness as you visit these farms and ranches.