Go Beyond Organic at Green String Farm in Petaluma

August 18, 2015

Green String FarmWhenever we visit Petaluma, we like to stop by the farm store at Green String Farm to do some grocery shopping. Located just east of town on Old Adobe Road, this sustainable local farm is just overflowing with wonderful fresh produce, especially in late summer. Their fruits and vegetables are amazing and affordable, and their farming practices actually exceed organic guidelines—they even have their own "Green String" certification program. If you haven't shopped here, it's definitely worth the trip up to Petaluma.

Green String Farm's farm store is situated in the middle of their 140-acre agricultural plot, where you can take in sweeping views of cultivated fields, orchards, vineyards, and the Sonoma County hills beyond. The farmstand carries just about every local seasonal fruit or vegetable you can imagine, from apples, Asian pears, and stone fruits to peppers, heirloom tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, string beans, greens, beets, squash, and fresh herbs.

In addition to produce, the farm store stocks other items including grass-fed beef, eggs, cheese, olive oil, nuts, artisan bread, handmade beeswax candles, vinegar, and more.

My kids enjoyed selecting fruit and carrots that are destined for their school lunch boxes, and I picked out tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, summer squash, cabbage, and more that I'll work into my meal plan this week. Prices are a bargain, and we filled up a big shopping bag to overflowing for a little more than $15, and that included the basket of almonds and walnuts that my daughter wanted for a snack!

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Produce at Green String Farm is not certified organic, but they adhere to sustainable farming practices that actually exceed organic standards, and use no pesticides, fertilizers, or other artificial chemicals. You can learn more about their farming practices on their website.

Staff at the farm store are really friendly and knowledgable, and even hand out samples. Green String Farm is partly owned by Fred Cline, whose family-friendly winery Cline Cellars up the road in Sonoma is well worth a visit, and also adheres to Green String's sustainable farming practices in its vineyards.

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If You Go

Green String Farm's farm store is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm in the spring, summer, and fall, and 10 am to 5 pm during the winter; it's closed on major holidays. Green String Farm is located at 3751 Old Adobe Road (at Frates Road) in east Petaluma.

Free tours are offered on Saturdays at noon, weather permitting. Check their website at www.greenstringfarm.com for more information and to see what's currently in season (and how much it costs) or call them at (707) 778-7500.

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