Sonoma Sweet: Weekend Along the Farm Trails

Coo over farm animals, sample local goodies, and get to know the bountiful region this fall.

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Samantha Harmon

EVERY SEASON HAS ITS EARLY HALLMARKS, and foretellings, and harbingers, but we seem to make verbal note of the coming of autumn more than any other time of year. It's just around August when people begin to talk of the change in sunlight, and the new softness found in the afternoon sunbeams, and how the very air just feels "different" (whether that's cooler or crisper is up to the air-feeler in question). And fall, when it officially arrives, does deliver a delightful line-up of outings that appeal to those who notice the changes in the air and the light, the sort of day trips that speak to our collective yearning to slow down and savor the autumnal pleasures of this over-too-soon stretch of the year. In Sonoma County, there are plenty of ways to get your autumn longings met, but one of the sweetness, and most sheep-pettable, and most honey-tryable, is the...

WEEKEND ALONG THE FARM TRAILS... event. It's scheduled for the very middle of October 2017 — that's Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15 — and a host of activities and demonstrations will reflect the bounty of fall. There shall be pumpkin patches to explore, and honey bees to observe, and baby beasties to pet and coo over, and cows to milk, and hay rides to enjoy, and eats to sample. True, many of these things happen all year long, but there's something so nostalgic and nice about savoring them in October. A beautiful bonus? A lot of the to-dos along the trails are free of charge, though, of course, keep some cash for those that do have a fee. And, just a thought: You may want to head home with a jar of local honey, or buy lunch, on your soft-of-sunlight, sheep-wool-wonderful field trip. Need more, like an interactive map? This is where your autumn adventure begins.

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