U-Pick Season at Bloomfield Farms Begins April 13!
April 12, 2013Posted by pamela |
U-pick time is almost here! Starting April 14, Bloomfield Farms will be open on Sundays 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 $30 for a large box of vegetables, it's a great deal, too.
This year, the farm has plenty of new activities and events in store, including a farm stand featuring farm-made products and plant starts for your own garden, and visits from local chefs, musicians, and artists. There will even be a strawberry patch later on this spring and pumpkins and other heirloom squash this fall.
The Collins Family, general manager Nick Papadopoulos, and the staff at the farm are warm and welcoming and happy to help and explain about the different crops growing at the farm.
We paid a visit to Bloomfield Farms last weekend for a u-pick preview. We wandered the fields with our wagon and picked cabbage, dinosaur and curly kale, collards, green garlic, and lettuce. The kids had a great time learning about the different crops and how to grow and harvest them. There's nothing quite like standing in the field on a sunny spring morning munching on baby collard leaves that you just picked!
We'll definitely be back many more times throughout the season. We left the farm with a big box of leafy greens, herbs, and lettuce, and even got a dozen fresh eggs from the farm's chickens.
If You Go
Bloomfield Farms 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 Farms will be on your right just after Bloomfield Road—look for the sign.
U-pick at Bloomfield Farms takes place on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm. The season will go through spring, summer, and into the fall. 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 $30 per box of produce; cash only.
A limited number of season passes for either 8 or 16 harvests are now available! Buying a season pass in advance entitles you to a 10 or 20% discount on the normal u-pick price. Visit their website for details.
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. 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 even be available on some days.
If you have your own wagon, they strongly suggest that you bring it along, as the farm's wagons are limited in quantity and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on Bloomfield Farms, visit www.bloomfieldfarmsorganics.com.