U-Pick Season at Bloomfield Organics Begins This Sunday, May 25!
May 22, 2014Posted by pamela |
U-pick time is almost here! Starting Sunday, May 25, Bloomfield Organics family farm (formerly known as Bloomfield Farms) will be open on the last Sunday of every month for you and your kids to not only see where your food comes from, but to pick your own seasonal organic produce, too! This certified organic family farm is located in the rolling hills west of Petaluma, and it's a short scenic drive from anywhere in Marin. It's a lot of fun, and at $40 for a large box of vegetables, it's a great deal, too.
The Collins Family and the staff at the farm are warm and welcoming and happy to help and explain about the different crops growing at the farm. Head out into the fields and pick exactly what you and your family want. Crops include, depending on the time of year, kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, lettuce, cabbage, beans, squash, celery, fresh herbs, beets, and more.
You'll also be able to buy other goods like eggs, strawberries, plant starts, and farm-made products at the farm stand. On most u-pick weekends, Chef Matt Elias will be on hand for a delicious "pay what you can" brunch made with fresh produce and eggs from the farm and other local producers. The brunch will not be offered on May 25, so bring a picnic to enjoy on the farm instead.
If You Go
Bloomfield Organics is located 12250 Valley Ford Road northwest of Petaluma, approximately 45 minutes from central Marin. To get there, take Highway 101 to the Washington Street exit in Petaluma. Turn left at the stop light onto Washington Street and follow it until it becomes Bodega Avenue. Follow Bodega Avenue into the Two Rock Valley area, then bear right as Bodega Avenue becomes Valley Ford Road. Bloomfield Organics will be on your right just after Bloomfield Road—look for the sign.
U-pick at Bloomfield Organics takes place on Sunday May 25, June 29, July 27, August 31, September 28, and October 26, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm. An RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org is appreciated; please let them know when you're coming and how many will be in your party.
The cost for u-pick is $40 per box of produce; eggs, strawberries, and farm stand products are extra. Feel free to split your box with friends and family; there's a $5 fee for anyone not harvesting to walk the farm and experience U-Pick Sunday. Cash is preferred, but credit cards and local checks are accepted.
Bring a knife to harvest vegetables (a pocket knife or even a serrated bread knife is fine) and gloves, as well as a hat and sunscreen. Sturdy shoes or boots and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty are likewise a must. Be prepared for changing weather conditions! Bring your own harvest box or two medium-sized re-usable grocery bags (like the kind from Trader Joe's). If you don't have a box, harvest baskets will be available for a nominal fee.
If you have a wagon, bring it along, too, as the farm's wagons are limited in quantity and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Dogs are not allowed.
Make sure you bring your camera, too—the farm is a fantastic place for family photo ops.
A portable toilet restroom is available, as well as drinking water, but you might want to bring your own, just in case. You can bring your lunch and picnic on the farm, and food will be available, depending on the weekend; check their website's u-pick page before you go.
For more information on Bloomfield Organics, visit www.bloomfieldfarmsorganics.com.