Farm to City Field Trip: Creating Community Through Farming
Dive into summer with a “field” trip to two farms that have deep roots in the urban Bay Area community: County Line Harvest and Bi-Rite Farm. We’ll venture up to Marin and Sonoma counties to meet the farmers and do a little digging in the dirt.
From mizuna to melons, County Line Harvest grows organic vegetables and fruits in Petaluma and Thermal, California. A community of restaurant chefs and markets in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, including the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and Bi-Rite Market, consistently rely on County Line Harvest to supply a wide variety of produce. We’ll tour the Petaluma location to see where the farm’s Northern California vegetables are grown, and hear from first-generation farmer David Retsky.
The Bi-Rite Family of Businesses is known for their popular San Francisco markets and creamery, but did you know they also have a farm in Sonoma? Bi-Rite Farm grows specialty crops for the markets’ kitchens, and educates and connects their city-dwelling staff and guests (which is how Bi-Rite refers to and sees their customers) with local agriculture. We’ll tour the diverse one acre farm, harvest some vegetables, and enjoy a picnic lunch on the farm. If you’re over 21, you might even taste some locally made wines carried by Bi-Rite Market.
How do these farms create community with urban chefs and eaters? What informs their decisions about the variety and quantity of produce they grow? Join us for an opportunity to learn how they keep their farms sustainable and producing the delicious and nutritious food we city-dwellers love.
Tickets include round-trip transportation from the Ferry Building in San Francisco in a comfortable bus, and a farm-fresh lunch featuring seasonal produce, courtesy of Bi-Rite and CUESA.
Where to meet: Meet in front of the Ferry Building on the south side of the clock tower, at the curb. Please arrive by 9:15 am; we leave at 9:30 am. Please be prompt! We cannot wait for stragglers.
Things to know: The weather can be unpredictable. Please dress in layers. Shoes must be appropriate for walking around the farms, closed-toe and preferably waterproof. The tour is geared toward adults and will probably not be enjoyable for young children. Children who are likely to appreciate an adult-level tour are welcome to come with their guardians. Please call if you have questions.
Bring: A water bottle, layers, sunscreen. Optional: snacks, a camera, a book or other entertainment for the bus, and cash for purchases.
We will do our best to return by 4:30 pm, but traffic conditions can be unpredictable and we can’t guarantee a punctual arrival.
We sincerely thank our farm tour sponsor, First National Bank of Northern California, for underwriting tour costs and Coach 21 for providing a discount on the bus charter fee.
Please note: Tickets are nonrefundable but are transferable to another guest for this tour.
A note about price: CUESA is committed to providing accessible food system education to all. If you are interested in a scholarship for one of our farm tours, please email Carrie Sullivan (email@example.com) for a scholarship application.