Along with candy-filled baskets and brunches, Easter Sunday is a day to feed the spirit. Sonoma County is filled with opportunities to get close to the fresh air and green earth of spring, from farm visits to hikes through the wild and walks through gardens and manicured landscapes, wine glass in hand.
Back to the farm
Baby goats and lambs, piglets and chicks will greet families today at SucherNova Farm in Cotati. The 8-acre family farm will serve a brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an egg hunt at 1 p.m.
“You can show up before or after the egg hunt,” said farmer Melissa Casanova. “The kids will get to see almost every kind of baby animal.”
The brunch costs $55, $35 for kids, and children under 6 are free. Reservations are required: 992-0056.
If you miss the brunch, you can sign your child up for the farm’s Barnyard and Book Club, held at noon on the last Saturday of each month. During the monthly meetings, the club reads an eco-friendly children’s book, then offers a tour of the farm or a craft related to the book, such as felting. Monthly membership is $20 and includes the book and all the activities.
Families also can subscribe to the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture program, which offers meat, vegetables, honey and eggs. suchernovafarm.com. 921 West Sierra Ave., Cotati.
Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma offers free, kid-friendly tours at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, and you don’t have to make a reservation.
“It’s a fun, family version of wine-tasting,” said Rob Hohne, operations manager. “We do some sampling of our products at the end, such as bacon, pastrami and ham.”
From spring through fall, the farm also showcases its grass-fed beef, pastured pork and chicken with a picnic lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $10 a plate.
Tara Firma Farms is at 3796 I Street Extension, Petaluma. tarafirmafarms.com. 765-1202.
Full House Farm in Sebastopol, a small family farm three miles west of Sebastopol, launches its seasonal tours next month. At 10 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays between May and November, kids can sit on a horse, feed chickens and look for eggs, pet the baby goats and lambs, and taste foods such as jams and jellies made from farm products.
“We teach them about every animal, and we talk about what role they play in our lives,” said owner Christine Cole.
The tours cost $20, $10 for kids under 12, with a maximum of 15 people per tour. If you stay overnight at the farm as part of its farmstay program, the tours are free. Full House Farm is located at 1000 Sexton Road, Sebastopol. 829-1561. fullhousefarm.com.
A garden stroll
Sometimes we take for granted attractions under our noses. The Luther Burbank Home and Gardens for many locals is one of those spots, a daily drive-by you might see so often it becomes almost invisible. But the historic site is a sweet spot for a spring stroll.
Easter marks the opening weekend for Burbank’s Victorian home and greenhouse, which have been closed since late autumn. Tours are available every half hour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The gardens are the main event. In early April expect to see calla lilies and azaleas in bloom, as well as the first blush of roses. Visitors also can catch the last of the lilacs and dogwoods, as well as Burbank’s signature Shasta daisies, which have been valiantly in bloom all winter.
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