SECOND ANNUAL FARM TRAIL WEEKEND

Join us for Nevada County Grown’s second annual Farm Trail Weekend on July 20 & 21, 2019, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.  

To download the map, you can click this link: Farm Trail Weekend 2019

Farmers and ranchers are opening their gates to offer you an opportunity to experience the agricultural life in Nevada County. Participants choose their own path and set their own pace as they explore a variety of locations along the Nevada County Farm Trail.

Come meet your local farmer, tour their scenic farms, make new friends, and gain a better appreciation of farm life and local food. Explore at your own pace with each venue offering something unique and interesting from guided tours, u-pick produce, handmade gifts, and a ideal setting for a family picnic. This is a perfect event for foodies, families, and weekend adventurers.

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Agricultural members of Nevada County Grown have joined together to celebrate the bounty that our county has to offer. We invite you to spend a day exploring the county’s beautiful tapestry of pastoral farms woven together by the heritage of farmers and ranchers. **Click on the images to visit the producer website or FaceBook page**

A to Z Supply  BEEKEEPING – A to Z Supply has been in the beekeeping business since 2007.  A to Z Supply is happy to offer hobbyist beekeepers (no commercial operations) our on-site Honey House to extract their honey.

FARM TRAIL DETAILS – Bee demonstration every hour 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm each day. Try on a bee suit (limited suits per session) and get the full experience. Talks about all aspects of beekeeping in Nevada County, Look into the inner working of an active bee hive, and learn how to get started keeping bees!  Plenty of time for Q&A at each session. Papa Wheat’s honey for sale. (If allergic to bees, please do not attend. Must sign liability release to put on bee suit)

AM Ranch – AM Ranch is a family owned and operated in Penn Valley, California. Our main goal at AM Ranch is to create a sustainable and thriving environment for the land, livestock, and supporting community. We work hard to provide our customers with locally grown, superior quality meat and eggs. Providing products to our community is what we strive for. Here at AM Ranch we believe in using our animals and land together to create a sustainable and thriving environment. We specialize in grass-fed beef, and pasture-raised pork and eggs.

FARM TRAIL DETAILS:  We are thrilled to have the opportunity to take you on an in depth tour to show you the workings of AM Ranch! On the tour you will get to experience the entire cycle of our comprehensive pig breeding program, you will be able to interact with our breeding stock as well as the cutest piglets. Additionally, we will detail our Beef program, including our unique relationship with some local restaurants. Join us to learn all about our love for the land and animals here at AM Ranch.    ONE TOUR ONLY ON SATURDAY at 2pm         TWO TOURS ON SUNDAY-  10am & 2pm

Avanguardia Wines – A small (actually ultra-boutique) winery, we are the home of non-traditional blended wines, with the great majority of our wines being proprietary blends crafted from 2-6 different grape varieties, many of which are Italian, and all of which are pretty much out of the mainstream. Our flagship white wine, CRISTALLO, features a grape from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia in Eastern Europe. Our most unique red, AMPIO, combines the UC-patented cross Carmine with the NE Italian Refosco for a taste sensation that is uniquely different. Our newest blend, TRE “T”, after the three international varieties used(Teroldego, Tempranillo, and Tannat) is a wine of deep color and great substance, already recognized with Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle competition.

FARM TRAIL DETAILS – Stop in 10am to 4pm each day and taste our wonderfully unique wines.  Bring a picnic and enjoy the foothills!

FIRST STOP HUB – stop here first to pick up your wristband and get your map!

Nevada County Grown booth at Briarpatch Coop outdoor patio

Plan a picnic for the farm trail weekend OR stop in for lunch.  Order ahead and save time! 530-272-5333 – option 4    Our Deli is here to delight you! Fresh, all house-made, ready-to-eat meals, side dishes, and baked goods.     Hot Food Bar Breakfast  7am to 10:30am   /    Hot Food Bar Lunch and Dinner  ~10:30/11am to 8:30pm

Nevada County Grown board members will be on hand to chat it up about our local farms.  Learn more about Bounty of the County – August 21 and pick up a Food and Farm Guide.

“The Most Loved Meat You’ll Ever Eat!” Cosmic Roots Ranch is a small family owned farm primarily raising heritage Mangalista pork.  Our pork is USDA, Non-GMO, Pasture Raised, & Antibiotic Free. We also offer CA certified Free Range eggs, as well as 100% All Natural handmade lard soaps and candles.  Our passion is to provide the best quality products, made solely by owner/operators Ellen Cole & Jesse Olson.

FARM TRAIL DETAILS – Tour times: 10am to 2pm both days, seating, shade, bathrooms, picnic area, artisean good for sale, piglet petting and chick house, family friendly, (pop ups: Wingfield Honey Co & Starflower Farm)

Gray Pine Winery – Named for the native California Gray Pine which is prevalent in our area, Gray Pine Winery is a small, limited-production winery located in Penn Valley, California, in the Sierra Foothills, with an annual production of approximately 350 cases. We grow our own grapes on our two-acre vineyard and make our own wines. Specializing in Bordeaux varietals, we produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and a classic Bordeaux-style Red Blend. We also have a very small amount of Sauvignon Blanc.

FARM TRAIL DETAILS – Come taste specialized small lot wines and enjoy a picnic on the beautiful grounds.

Love Creek Sanctuary & Farms – Our mission is to provide peace, love, and shelter for displaced farm critters and re-home them to a loving family like yours! Come meet our rescues and cool down and enjoy your lunch at Love Creek with relaxing picnic areas.

FARM TRAIL DETAILS – tour times; throughout both days, music, seating, shade, bathrooms, artisanal products for sale, activities for kids, family friendly

Lucchesi Vineyard and Winery –  Sierra Foothills Vineyard is  high upon a hillside overlooking Nevada County with beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Come visit and take in the views and discover our world-class, limited production wines.  Nevada County has a rich Gold Rush history but is now being discovered for its superb growing conditions, which are similar in climate to some of the greatest grape growing regions in the world.

FARM TRAIL DETAILS –  tours times: starting at 11am on the hour both days, wine tasting, wine sales, music, seating, shade, picnic area, bathrooms family friendly

Sierra Rose Alpacas – sells Alpacas and alpaca products such as yarn, locally knit alpaca wear, alpaca rugs, and socks. They have raw fleece, and fleece and/or roving for spinners and fiber arts. They hand dye alpaca fiber and yarn using local plants, and are Fibershed certified producer.  Visits welcome by appointment only, or see their website for public Open Farm Day events such as this farm trail.

FARM TRAIL DETAILS  – SUNDAY ONLY –  Alpaca Farm Tours at the top of each hour: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm 3pm. Selfies OK. Unfortunately, no petting at this time  (our pettable gal is pregnant, so not pettable – more like spittable)  Spinning demos throughout the day with plenty of artisan products for sale.  (please note: no restrooms, no picnicking due to health restrictions, no food/drinks for sale)

Starbright Acres Family Farm produces and supports production of nutritious, delicious, planet-friendly food for our local community and family. We produce ecologically sustainable, chemical-free vegetables, plants and animal products.  Support of our local food network includes hosting field trips, involvement with local schools & agricultural programs, selling vegetable starts and sharing farming knowledge with community members.

FARM TRAIL DETAILS –  Tour times: 10am, 12pm, 2pm both days, seating, bathrooms, picnic area, artisanal products for sale, activities for kids, family friendly.

FIRST STOP HUB – stop here first to pick up your wristband and get your map! (IMPORTANT DIRECTIONS)  Dog Bar to Magnolia (DO NOT TURN ON FRONTIER OFF DOG BAR) Follow signs off Magnolia.  OR  Hwy 49 to Combie Rd to Magnolia Dr – left on Adamson Dr., follow signs.

Tres Jolie Lavender Farm is a small family owned lavender farm nestled in the Sierra Foothills.  It is our mission to bring you the purest lavender and lavender products.  We do not use pesticides and all our lavender is harvested by hand. Fresh cut lavender, dried lavender bouquets, lavender buds, distilled lavender essential oil, lotions, linen spray, soaps, and sachets.  Please feel free to call us with any special requests.

FARM TRAIL DETAILS:Tour times: all day, both days, Music by the Heifer Belles on Saturday from 2 – 4pm, U-pick lavender (subject to availability) Lavender lotion and oil for sale, activities for adults and kids (wreath making) Distillation of lavender oil demonstration 11am Sunday, Pop up Country Time Sorbet

Tips for the Trail

Our guide for a successful Farm Trail Weekend

    1. It is highly unlikely you will make it to all the stops – and that is ok! Pick your favorites to fully enjoy your day.
    2. Invite out-of-town friends and family to visit and buy tickets online in advance to save $$!
    3. If you’re a planner, go online to map your route in advance, but if you’re a free spirit, see where the trail takes you!
    4. Mix it up! There is no order to the Farm Trail Weekend. Feel free to follow your own path.
    5. Pack a picnic and enjoy it one of our designated picnic friendly farms, or check out one of our farm to table restaurants.
    6. When headed out on the Farm Trail, dress in layers, bring extra water, sunscreen, comfortable closed toed shoes and an adventurous attitude!
    7. Part of the fun is to buy farm-fresh items, so bring an ice chest to keep your tasty treasures nice and cool!
    8. For their comfort and safety, please leave your pets at home as they are not allowed on farms or ranches.
    9. Beat the crowds and get an early start each day to cover more ground!
    10. Because Sunday tends to be less crowded and more leisurely, consider discovering new farms on that day!
    11. The Farm Trail Weekend is the perfect time to buy local gifts for friends and family … Lots of unique gift ideas await!
    12. GPS is your best friend, we recommend GoogleMaps.

Thank you to our amazing sponsors