Monday, March 31, 2014

Shack Up with Your Farmer

What to do with two rowdy boys during a ski week with no snow?  Two words: Farm Stay!

This past ski week, I scratched my head as to how to keep the boys out of trouble.  We decided it might to explore Sonoma County, which is just under an hour from my parents' home.  Although Sonoma is sadly being converted to a monoculture of vineyards, it still has some real actual farms.  And some of those farms let real actual people - including crazy boys - stay on site.

The view from the cottage.  23 acres of woodlands and farm!

We found a great little farm on VRBO where we could stay in the private guest house.  The stay included access to an organic vegetable garden and a tour of the farm.  They also threw in fresh eggs and goats milk for giggles.

The organic vegetable adjacent to our cottage. We made some killer 
omelets using broccoli and greens from the garden.

As part of the tour, we visited the 100+ hens (and one handsome rooster) that provide the farm with eggs. Even though I have chickens, it was fun to see so many and to ooh and ahh over the strutting rooster.  I picked up a few tips on how they organize their nesting boxes and the boys enjoyed collecting so many eggs.

The tour also included some 1:1 time with the three goats in residence. I had not realized how friendly goats can be.  Far from eating our clothes and metal cans, these pretty girls nuzzled and romped . . . 

And one even gave us some milk!  

I cannot recommend enough shacking up with your local farmer.  Farm stays are another way for farms to make ends meet.  They help keep those pretty open spaces in our country pretty and open.  But its more than that. 

If going to the farmers' market is "knowing your farmer", this is getting downright intimate.  You see how farmers really live and get a taste of that life yourself. (My boys are hooked!). 

Our week off, I know where we'll go.  You can keep Maui.  I'll take the farm.

This post is part of the Homestead Barn Hop

1 comment:

Shelly said...

Your farm stay sounds fun. My kids really enjoyed taking care of our neighbors chickens last year, they have 9. But they would love to see so many at one time.

I didn't even realize you could stay with a farmer. Here where we live, they limit what farms can do, other than farming. Now I'm wondering if it's possible to stay at a farm here.


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