farm and producer tours

Saturday, March 23, 2019

These intimate Saturday tours to various local farms, creameries and artisan purveyors are some of the most popular and coveted of events of the weekend. Get an “up close and personal” glimpse into the important role of the farmers and producers of the rich northern California agricultural farming area. Learn how cheese and other artisanal products are made on these guided tours. Meet the cheesemakers, producers, and farmers behind these stellar local foods and beverages. And, of course, prepare for generous tastings and in-depth insight with industry experts. Bring your ice chest as cheese and artisan products are available for purchase on most tours. Lunch is provided. Bus transportation is provided by Pure Luxury Transportation for all tours except Tour B and Tour C (Tour B does not include transportation, Tour C transportation is provided by North Valley Shuttle.) Please note: start and end times and location of tours varies. **All sales are final and event takes place rain or shine.


Tour A
Point Reyes Farmstead & The Fork

This tour departs from and returns to the Petaluma Fairgrounds Parking Lot at 175 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, CA

$150 per person
9:15 am to 3:45 pm

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. & The Fork with tour, tasting, and multi-course lunch and cooking demo by Chef Matthew Accarrino of SPQR

Point Reyes is really one of the most gorgeous places on earth, for cows and humans alike! Spend a day at the picturesque Giacomini Dairy to discover what makes this region so special. Since 1959, these beautiful pastures have been home to a working dairy producing the highest quality Holstein milk. Surrounded by rolling green pastures, you’ll kick off your day with a strolling tour of the farm. Meet the cows in their closed herd and learn about the history of the Giacomini family, the farm, and local agriculture. Head inside to The Fork, Point Reyes Farmstead’s on-farm education and culinary center, for a focused cheese tasting. You’ll learn to taste cheese like a pro and understand how factors like make process and seasonality influence the development of flavor in cheese. Finally, you’ll enjoy a leisurely three-course lunch and cooking demo with Chef Matthew Accarrino of San Francisco’s Michelin-starred restaurant, SPQR, featuring cheeses from Point Reyes Farmstead and local libations.


Tour B
pennyroyal farm

NOTE: There is no bus transportation provided for this tour. All guests must provide their own transportation to Pennyroyal Farm at 14930 Highway 128, Boonville, CA

$120 per person
10:45 am to 2:45 pm

Pennyroyal Farm tour, multi-course lunch from Pennyroyal Farm Chef Izzy Leas, “If it Grows Together, Does it Go Together?” cheese and beverage pairing seminar with Pennyroyal Farm cheesemaker Erika McKenzie-Chapter and Kirstin Jackson, educator and author of “It’s Not You, It’s Brie”

Brought to life by friends and fellow UC Davis graduates Erika McKenzie-Chapter and Sarah Cahn Bennett, Pennyroyal Farm is a dynamic farmstead committed to sustainability and modern farming practices. After deciding to grow wine grapes and make cheese in 2006, Erika and Sarah have transformed a 100-acre former hay field into a vibrant and diverse farmstead. Start your day with a guided walking tour of the creamery and vineyard and learn more about the integrative farming methods behind Pennyroyal’s handcrafted cheese and wine. Stroll through the solar-powered barn to meet the animals. Spring is the season for kids and lambs, and there isn’t a more adorable time of year to visit Pennyroyal Farm! Following the tour, Pennyroyal Farm executive chef Izzy Leas will serve up a true farm to table lunch. Enjoy a seasonal multi-course lunch prepared from the bounty of the kitchen garden as well as farmstead meat and cheese. Finally, join Pennyroyal Farm cheesemaker Erika McKenzie-Chapter and It’s Not You, It’s Brie author and educator Kirstin Jackson for a delicious and instructive seminar that poses the question: if it grows together, does it go together? Erika and Kirstin will guide you through a tasting that explores the cheeses, wine, beer, and cider of the Anderson Valley and puts the old adage “if it grows together, it goes together” to the (taste) test.


North Capital Area Tour

PLEASE NOTE: This tour starts and ends at Nugget Markets in Woodland at 157 Main Street in Woodland, CA. This is about 75 miles away from Petaluma, CA.

$150 per person
8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Pedrozo Dairy & Cheese, Orland Farmstead Creamery, lunch and talk and tasting with Rumiano Cheese Co.

Meet your tour at Nugget Markets in Woodland before heading north to explore the cheesescape of the North Sacramento Valley. First, you’ll head to Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese Company, where you’ll meet Tim Pedrozo, a third-generation dairy farmer and self-proclaimed “accidental cheesemaker.” Since 1996, the Pedrozos have been milking a small blended herd of Holstein, Jersey, and Milking Shorthorn cows on their 20-acre farm in Orland. Two years later, they began transforming that milk into a diverse range of farmstead cheese. Next, you’ll head to Orland Farmstead Creamery. Owner Paul Schmidt’s passion for farm life started early - he raised and showed cows through 4-H while still in elementary school. Over thirty years after founding his own dairy, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of making farmstead cheese. Orland Farmstead Creamery focuses on fresh cheeses that highlight the quality of milk from their grass-fed cows. Stop for lunch in Orland and meet the incredible folks behind Rumiano Cheese Company, California’s oldest family-owned cheese company. Learn more about the storied legacy of this pioneering California creamery, how it has evolved and changed over the years, and sample a selection of their cheeses.


Tour D
Hop To It! Santa Rosa Beer & Cheese

This tour departs from and returns to the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, located at 2777 4th Street, Santa Rosa, CA

$150 per person
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Russian River Brewing Co. with Beehive Cheese Co., Barrel Brothers Brewing Co. with Volo Chocolate, Seismic Brewing Co. with guest cheesemaker, and Old Possum Brewing Co.

Santa Rosa is home to an amazing community of talented brewers and delicious beers. Hop on board to check out some of the area’s best brews and the cheeses that love them. Start your day at the famed Russian River Brewing Co., crafters of the legendary Pliny the Elder, who specialize in super hoppy and Belgian-inspired beers. Tour the brand-new brewery in Windsor, taste your way through their award-winning beers alongside cheese pairings from special guests Beehive Cheese Co., and enjoy lunch at their brewpub. Next, head to Barrel Brothers Brewing, a family-run operation founded in 2015 after a home brewing hobby turned pro. Taste through their ode to hops and malts along with a cheese and chocolate pairing featuring bean to bar chocolates from neighbor Volo Chocolates. Head south to Seismic Brewing Co., founded by college roommates Christopher Jackson and Patrick Delves, to craft beer of the highest quality while establishing new sustainable brewing practices. Tour their brewery, taste their brews paired with cheeses from a local cheesemaker, and experience that magical seismic moment of sensory experience! Wrap up your day with a stop at Old Possum Brewing, one of Santa Rosa’s newest breweries. Learn more about their mission to create a hyper-local brewery in Sonoma County and taste some of their handcrafted brews.

NOTE: This tour starts at 10:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm. It also departs from and returns to the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa, CA.


Tour E
Farm Forward

This tour departs from and returns to the Petaluma Fairgrounds Parking Lot at 175 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, CA

$150 per person
8:30 am to 3:45 pm

Tomales Farmstead Creamery, brunch with Daily Driver SF, AppleGarden Farm, Marin French Cheese

Travel twenty minutes west of Petaluma to Toluma Farms, owners Tamara Hicks and David Jablons have lovingly restored a 160-acre former cow dairy. Toluma Farms is now home to a herd of goats, a flock of sheep, and Tomales Farmstead Creamery. You’ll tour the organic pastures, meet the goats, sheep, and their pink-nosed babies, and taste an array of cheeses. Enjoy an incredible brunch spread from Daily Driver SF, California’s newest creamery (and then some!), featuring organic cream cheese, butter, wood-fired bagels, and more! Over brunch, learn more about the creative expansion that drove the owners of Tomales Farmstead Creamery to launch Daily Driver SF, and how the company connects the urban and rural markets. Continue to AppleGarden Farm where you’ll meet owner Jan Lee who, with her husband, transformed former grazing land near the historic town of Tomales into an organic orchard. Tour the farm, learn about cider apples, dry farming, and taste the fruits of their labor! Wrap up your day at Marin French Cheese, the country’s oldest continuously operating cheese company. Explore the historic property, enjoy the vistas of the Hicks Valley and the surrounding verdant hills, and taste their signature cheeses, including Brie and Camembert.


Tour F
dairy divas

This tour departs from and returns to the Petaluma Fairgrounds Parking Lot at 175 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, CA

$150 per person
8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Cowgirl Creamery, Two Rock Valley Cheese Co., lunch, Achadinha Cheese Co.

Kick off your day with a visit to Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station where you’ll learn why the Cowgirls first made their home in this beautiful West Marin hamlet more than 20 years ago. Award-winning Red Hawk, made with milk from nearby Bivalve Dairy, is still made in their tiny original creamery. Enjoy a tabletop curd-making demonstration for a closer look at curds and whey. Taste your way through a flight of Cowgirl Creamery cheeses before heading to the hills of Two Rock where you’ll meet Don and Bonnie DeBernardi at the DeBernardi Dairy. Home to dairy cows since 1968, the DeBernardi Dairy is now home to Two Rock Valley Goat Cheese as well. Meet the “kids”- the newest floppy-eared additions to their farm – and taste Don’s farmstead cheese. Stop for lunch along the way before heading to Achadinha Cheese Company, a 300-acre family farm and creamery nestled in the verdant landscape of the Petaluma hills. Jim and Donna Pacheco, with help from their four children, milk goats and make cheese inspired by their family legacy and the Old World traditions of Portugal. Tour the farm, meet their animals, learn more about why the Pachecos transitioned from a traditional cow dairy, and taste their unique farmstead cheeses. 


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stars of sebastopol


This tour departs from and returns to the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, located at 2777 4th Street, Santa Rosa, CA

$150 per person
8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Wm. Cofield Cheesemakers, Bohemian Creamery, lunch at zazu Kitchen + Farm, Spirit Works Distillery with guest cheesemaker

Start your morning at Wm. Cofield Cheesemakers with Keith Adams and Rob Hunter at one of California’s newest creameries. After pursuing different career paths, these two college friends reunited to produce classic English-style cheeses right here in Northern California. From fresh cheese curds to clothbound cheddar, to their Stilton-esque blue cheese, you’ll taste some of the latest additions to California’s dynamic cheese scene. Next, you’ll visit Bohemian Creamery where you’ll meet Lisa Gottreich, one of the region’s most creative artisan cheesemakers. Just one mile outside of Sebastopol, Bohemian Creamery is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Laguna de Santa Rosa and the Mayacama mountains. Lisa transforms milk from her offsite herd of Alpine dairy goats into a wide range of cheeses, whey soda, and even goat’s milk frozen yogurt! Head to The Barlow where Chef Duskie Estes, a regular guest on the Food Network and self-professed cheese lover, will prepare a delicious multi-course lunch with a focus on cheese and locally sourced ingredients at her restaurant zazu Kitchen + Farm. Wrap up your day with a toast to Timo and Ashby Marshall, the husband and wife team behind Spirit Works Distillery. They’ll distill the basics of their grain-to-glass process and guide you through a tasting of their local spirits alongside pairings from a local California cheesemaker.


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local legends

This tour departs from and returns to the Petaluma Fairgrounds Parking Lot at 175 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, CA

$150 per person
8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Nicasio Valley Cheese Co., Marin French Cheese, lunch, tour and tasting at Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery

Rise and shine at Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, California’s only organic farmstead creamery. Third generation dairy farmers, the Lafranchi family has been ranching in Nicasio for close to one hundred years, and began crafting farmstead cheese with organic milk from their herd of Holsteins in 2010. Tour their beautiful pastures, visit the creamery, and taste their award-winning cheeses that capture the essence of this 1,150-acre family ranch and the legacy of the family’s Swiss-Italian heritage. Continue on to Marin French Cheese, the country’s oldest continuously operating cheese company that celebrates its 154-year anniversary in 2019. Enjoy the lush vistas of the Hicks Valley ranch, learn more about the company’s rich history, and taste their signature cheeses, including Brie and Camembert. Continue on to the brand-new Valley Ford Cheese & Creamery in the quaint village of Valley Ford. This exciting new venture from Karen Bianchi-Moreda builds on her family’s storied 100-year dairy legacy in coastal California, marrying creamery and café. Devour a delicious cheese-focused lunch at the café before enjoying a tour and focused tasting of Valley Ford cheeses, crafted with milk from the family’s nearby herd of Jersey cows.