stillhowlyn's travels 2008 travel blog

Artichokes at Green Strings Farm!

Poppies by the roadside!

Petaluma is all about cows (& chickens)!

City Views!

Can you see the bridges?

Alpaca, perhaps?

Keller Estate Winery

S-Curve in the Petaluma River

I predict a "Very Good Year"!

Why would Petaluma celebrate a "Butter and Eggs" Day?? Because it is a quarter-century old tradition to celebrate the region’s rich agricultural history as the birthplace of the incubator, which was the beginning of Petaluma’s “Egg Basket To The World” title, and as one of the premier dairy regions in the country. Together with The Petaluma River, eggs and dairy products created an economy that turned Petaluma into one of the most prosperous communities in the state in the early 1900’s.

On a beautiful day we took off for a drive around the countryside and backroads to have a close up look at some of the farm and ranch properties, wineries and seasonal vegetable and fruit stands that make this area so rich and diverse. Our first stop at Green Strings Farm, a sustainable and natural farm open daily for seasonal veggies and fruit, revealed the most delectable small artichokes just picked that morning. Sorry Half Moon Bay, but

these are beauties! We were told to trim and quarter them, parboil in lemon water, then saute with garlic in a little EVOO and white wine. Delicious!

We had heard that Sonoma Mountain Road, with an elevation gain of 2500 ft. in about 7 miles, was a beautiful but narrow scenic drive to the top, but was not prepared for just how scenic. With golden CA poppies lining the roadside and views, even on a hazy day of the entire city of Petaluma, the winding Petaluma River, and even an outline of the San Rafael and Bay Bridges (with the "big" zoom lens) off in the distance.

We passed farmland, dairy ranches, even an Alpaca (I think) farm and wineries. We drove into the grounds of the newly opened Keller Estates Winery but did not go in for tasting. Will save that for another time with a picnic lunch!

A great way to pass a picture perfect day and excuse for all the pictures!

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