CUESA | Food & Farm Tour: Au Gratin: A Potatoes and Cheese Farm Tour

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Au Gratin: A Potatoes and Cheese Farm Tour

Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 8:30am to 6:00pm

Get ready to dig your own potatoes, milk a cow, pick a pumpkin, and taste some fresh cheese on CUESA’s October farm tour to two Petaluma farms.

First we’ll visit David Little at Little Organic Farm, where we’ll get a personal tour during the height of the harvest season and learn all about his main crop: dry-farmed potatoes. We’ll find out how dry farming fosters superior flavor and is invaluable in the face of drought.

Next we’ll head over to Spring Hill Cheese, a farm that started with potatoes in the early days of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and grew into a full-time dairy. The farm now raises 400 Jersey cows for its farmstead cheeses, including fresh curds, quark, and aged cheddars. In addition to a private tour of the dairy with owner Larry Peter, we’ll enjoy some public activities the farm offers in October: homemade ice cream and cheese tastings, a tractor ride, and the chance to dig for potatoes, pick pumpkins, and milk a cow.

The tour costs $25 and includes a pasta lunch provided by our hosts at Spring Hill, with sides made from Ferry Plaza Farmers Market ingredients. We’ll leave from and return to the Ferry Building in a comfortable bus. Please bring cash for harvest activities such as pumpkin picking and potato digging at Spring Hill Cheese. Tickets are sites/default/files/potato_bucket_web.jpgnonrefundable.

 A Potatoes and Cheese Farm Tour

Farm Tours are typically geared towards adults, but due to the nature of our second stop, young people who are interested in attending with their parents and who are likely to enjoy the tour without causing disruption are welcome. Please use your discretion and call if you have questions.

Where to meet: In front of the Ferry Building, south end, near Market Bar. Be there by 8:15; we leave at 8:30 am sharp. Please be prompt! We cannot wait for stragglers.

What to bring: water bottle, sun protection (sunscreen, hat, long sleeves), layered clothing, and close-toed shoes. Also consider bringing snacks, a camera, a book or other entertainment for the bus.

Notes: The weather is likely to be dry and hot, but it could be cool. The bus is air-conditioned. The tour will involve a fair amount of walking on uneven and muddy ground, so be prepared with sturdy shoes that can get dirty. We will do our best to return by 6:00 pm, but traffic conditions can be unpredictable and we can’t guarantee punctual arrival.

This tour is organized by CUESA, the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, as part of our mission to cultivate a sustainable food system. CUESA organizes five or six tours each year to Ferry Plaza Farmers Market farms and artisan food businesses in order to give eaters a first-hand look at where their food comes from and how it is produced. For more information or to sign up for our weekly email newsletter, visit

CUESA sincerely thanks GreenLeaf, our farm tour sponsor, and Coach 21, for providing a discount on the bus charter fee.

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CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn More »