Get ready to tour two unique farms right in our backyard! We’ll walk the the land with the farmers, learn how to roast peppers, and hear about growing produce in the Bay Area climate—all within a 45-minute drive of San Francisco.
Our first stop will be Iacopi Farms, where Louis Iacopi grows veggies right on the Half Moon Bay Airport property. The farm has a rich 70-year history and specializes in dried beans and peas. Louis will show us around the land, talk about farming at the airport, and show us a variety of beans, including Romanos, Blue Lakes, Italian Butter, and Cranberry shelling beans.
Our next stop will be Happy Quail Farms in Palo Alto. Farmer David Winsberg calls Happy Quail an urban micro-farm, growing more than 30 varieties of specialty peppers on less than three acres across several suburban backyards. We’ll enjoy a pepper roasting demo, taste pepper varieties, and get a tour of the farm and greenhouses. He’ll talk about the realities of farming in a small space and share his process for creating dried peppers, paprika, and pimenton.
The tour costs $25, including lunch made from farmers market ingredients and round-trip transportation from the Ferry Building in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus. You will also have the opportunity to purchase products from both farms, so bring cash if you are interested. Tickets are nonrefundable.
The tour is geared toward adults. Young people who are interested in attending with their guardians 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: Meet at the Ferry Building (in the front, south side of the clocktower). Be there by 8:40 am; we leave at 9 am. Please be prompt! We cannot wait for stragglers.
Note: The weather could be very dry and hot, or it could be cool and windy. We will spend time both outdoors and indoors. Please wear closed-toed, sturdy shoes.
What to bring: water bottle, sun protection, layered clothing, and a hat. Also consider bringing snacks, a camera, a book or other entertainment for the bus, and cash for purchases.
We will do our best to return by 5 pm, but traffic conditions can be unpredictable and we can’t guarantee punctual arrival.
This tour is organized by CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture), as part of our mission to cultivate a sustainable food system. CUESA organizes 6 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 www.cuesa.org.
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »