Final U-Pick Sunday of the Season: This Sunday, Nov.4, Bloomfield Farms hosts a final opportunity of the season to pick your own vegetables, explore the farm, hang out and enjoy a farm brunch prepared by chef John Lyle.
Here's how it works. Email UPICK@bloomfieldfarmorganics.com to let them know you're coming and how many of you there will be. Arrive between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. dressed in layers and boots or hiking shoes and bring gloves, a knife for cutting lettuce and broccoli and a container for your harvest (if you don't have a suitable container, the farm will provide one). Cost of the produce is $25; eggs are extra.
Feel free to bring the kids and pack a picnic. If you'd rather have chef Lyle cook for you, it's a pay-what-you-can day.
Bloomfield Farms is located at 12550 Valley Ford Road in Bloomfield.
For details about U-Pick Sundays, the farm, its CSA program and its new collaboration with Worth Our Weight Culinary Apprenticeship Program, see bloomfieldfarmsorganics.com.
Mark Your Calendars: This year, the new Santa Rosa French-American Charter School has joined with the Alliance Francaise de Santa Rosa to present the annual Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration. We think it's a perfect fit.
This year's fete will take place at the Agatha Furth Center (8400 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor) on Friday, Nov. 16 from
6 to 9 p.m.
In addition to the year's first wine and yummy French-inspired nibbles, the fete will include live music and a raffle and auction of gift baskets designed by each class and a large joint-effort basket from the entire school.
Advance tickets, $35, can be bought at the school, which is located at 1350 Sonoma Ave. in Santa Rosa, and at srfacs.org. All proceeds benefit the Santa Rosa French-American Charter School.
The season of arts and crafts fairs has begun: For the next several weeks, there will be local arts and crafts fairs in neighborhoods throughout the North Bay. If you are hosting one or want to recommend a favorite, send details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This weekend, more than 30 vendors will participate in West County Craft Fair on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Grange Hall (6000 Highway 12). Admission is free and the sale is a benefit for the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Vendors will offer clothing, jewelry, functional art, locally made crafts and delicious sweets and savories. Admission is free.
The Sonoma County Museum (425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa) is hosting a fine craft auction on Saturday, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free and light appetizers and cocktails will be served. The auction began in late October, with bids taken online, by phone and in person, and you can preview auction items through today at 5 p.m. For free admission to the museum, tell the staff you'd like to place a bid. For more information, visit sonomacountymuseum.org.
The Salmon Creek Art Walk takes place this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here's how it works: Five artists of Salmon Creek Village, located one mile north of the town of Bodega Bay, host nearly a dozen additional artists for a two-day sale. You'll find everything from beautiful turned wood, silk scarves, faerie skirts, faerie wings, fae bustles and reclaimed metal sculpture to paintings, prints, photography, gourds, collage and glass design. Admission is free. To see samples of each artist's work, visit salmoncreekartwalk.com.