Family Farm Tours in Marin and Sonoma County
March 25, 2017Posted by pamela |
Spring is nearly here, and it's time to enjoy a day on the farm! We're lucky to live in an area that's surrounded by some of the country's top agricultural producers, and some of them offer farm tours for the whole family. On a tour, you can meet animals, learn where your food comes from, and find out about the efforts that local farmers take to provide us with high quality food. My kids love to visit farms, especially at this time of year when there are plenty of baby animals to see.
Here are some of the farms in Marin and Sonoma County that offer public tours. Some are free, and some require advance reservations. Please keep in mind that these are all real working farms, some of which raise animals for human consumption. All these tours are suitable for families.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017, Sonoma County Farm Trails offers its annual Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies event, where farm hosts will offer tours, activiites, demonstrations, animal petting, crafts for kids, and more. Some farms will offer snacks, lunches, and picnic sites. Admission is free. Learn more and register here.
2025 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach 94965
Overlooking the Pacific in Muir Beach, Slide Ranch is a real working farm located on the lands of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Families can visit and explore the grounds, hike the trails, and have a picnic daily from dusk to dawn. The ranch also offers family programs, including their annual Spring Fling (April 29, 2017), Family Farm Days, campouts, and Toddler Days at various times throughout the year.
Tara Firma Farms
3796 I Street Extension, Petaluma 94952
Petaluma's Tara Firma Farms is a family-run farm that produces humanely raised chickens, pigs, turkeys, and cattle on 300 acres just across the Sonoma County line. In addition to raising and selling their products, they're committed to educating the public about life on the farm, healthy food, and environmentally sustainable agriculture. They offer fascinating free guided farm tours on Saturdays and Sundays at noon. Private tours are available during the week by advance reservation for $10 per person. Read about our visit here.
Woolly Egg Ranch
503 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley 94941
Tam Valley's Woolly Egg Ranch is the only working ranch in Mill Valley, and produces eggs, lamb, honey, flowers, plants, and more. The ranch is open most Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. You can tour Woolly Egg Ranch on Saturday, April 8, 2017 on their annual Spring Farm Tour. The tour starts at 10:30 am and costs $5 for kids (little ones free) and $7 for adults. See spring lambs, baby chicks, spring flowers, and more! Reserve your spot on the tour through the Tam Valley Community Services District.
Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT)
Point Reyes Station, 94956
Visit some of West Marin's farms and ranches on a MALT hike or tour! MALT is an organization that protects Marin County's agricultural lands, and they offer numerous hikes, picnics, tours, and other events throughout the year. Take a spring wildflower hike on Leiss Ranch on April 22 or a hike and ice cream social at Walker Creek Ranch on May 7. Most hikes and tours are open to both members and the general public. Prices vary, but kids under 12 are usually free. Advance reservations are required.
Toluma Farms & Tomales Farmstead Creamery
5488 Middle Road, Petaluma 94952
Tour this goat and sheep dairy in West Marin and learn about the farm's history, visit animals, hike to the pastures, and see how cheese is made. Guided tours take place the first Sunday of each month from 1 to 3 pm and cost $30 for adults and $20 for children; reservations required. Private tours for groups of 10 or more are available, as well as school educational tours.
6475 Bodega Avenue, Petaluma 94952
Learn about the history of this organic dairy farm, pet baby calves, watch cows being milked in the parlor and milk a cow by hand! After the tour, sample the farm's European Style organic artisan butter and shop for products in the Farm Store. The Traditional Farm Tour is approximately 1.5 hours in length and costs $20 for adults 13 and older and $10 for children 4 to 12; it's free for kids 3 and under. You can also purchase a family pack for two adults and two childen for $50. Reservations are required. Private group tours for 1 to 40 people and school tours are also offered. They have a fantastic pumpkin patch here in the fall, too!
2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma 94952
This working sheep farm in Chileno Valley offers Lamb Days every spring where families can meet the farm's new babies, see a spinning demonstration, milk the goat, and take part in wool activities. 2017 Lamb Days take place March 26 and April 1 and 15 from 10 am to 1 pm. Admission is $20 per adult, free for children under 12. Register online or pay at the gate.
Stemple Creek Ranch
Highway 1, Tomales 94971
This family-run cattle ranch in Tomales offers monthly tours where you can take a walking tour, learn about the ranch's history, and see how their grass-fed cattle are raised. They'll BBQ some samples to taste, too. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the ranch. Tours cost $15 for adults and $5 for kids 5 to 10; free for children 4 and under. Check their website for dates, times, and directions.
Full House Farm
1000 Sexton Road, Sebastopol 95472
Full House Farm's Farm Life Tour is an educational immersion on a small family farm. On this 90-minute to two-hour tour, visitors will meet horse, chickens, goats, and sheep, and learn about sustainability. At the end of the tour, taste some of the farm products like goat cheese, cheesecake, and wine jellies and jams. Tours cost $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12 and take place at 10 am every Saturday and Sunday from May through November. The tour is free if you stay in their vacation rental.