Amazing Produce at Green String Farm in Petaluma

August 25, 2013

Green String FarmOn our last visit to Petaluma, we stopped by the farm store at Green String Farm, located just east of town on Old Adobe Road. At this time of year, this sustainable local farm is just overflowing with amazing fresh produce. We also happened to visit during one of their summer sale weekends (currently through Sunday, August 25), and everything costs only $1 per pound (except for stuff like grass-fed beef, eggs, honey, and olive oil). If you haven't shopped here, it's definitely worth the trip up to Petaluma, even on a non-sale day.

Green String Farm's farm store is situated in the middle of their 140-acre agricultural plot. 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, fresh herbs, and lettuce.

My kids enjoyed selecting fruit and carrots that are destined for their school lunch boxes, and I picked out lettuce, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, cucumbers, and more that I'll work into my meal plan this week. Prices are a bargain, especially during their sale, and we filled up a big Trader Joe's shopping bag to overflowing for less than $12, and that included the basket of almonds 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 free samples. Green String Farm is partly owned by Fred Cline, whose family-friendly 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.

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.

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Bring your own bags to carry your produce. If you forget them, don't worry, they can provide some for a nominal price.

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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