We went to a wonderful fundraising event in August for Ceres Community Project, a local charity that teaches teenagers how to cook healthy food and then delivers that food for free to patients with life-threatening illnesses in the community. At the event, we bid on a trip with 25 other people to travel through the backroads of Sonoma County. It was billed as a mystery tour so we did not know where we would be going or what we would be doing. As it turned out, each stop we went to was a place that donated to Ceres.
We ate extremely well all day. Here is a sampling of some of our foods:
The tour happened yesterday and both my husband Michael and I had such a fabulous time. We go on tours for vacation, but this was our first tour of the area where we live. We live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. It was a glorious Indian summer day with the high in the low 80's and not a cloud in the sky.
We started out the tour in the Ceres Kitchen with a delicious brunch and sharing favorite family recipes. Then, we got on a bus to go to our first stop, Redwood Hill Farm.
I love their products, especially their yogurt and their blueberry pomegranate acai kefir. Here they are pouring some for us:
It is a true family operation with brothers and sisters running it together and they really love their goats. It was inspiring to see how they treated the goats with dignity and care and put them out to pasture to live their life in retirement when they are too old to milk.
This baby goat was only a few days old. I had never held a baby goat before and they are so friendly and cuddly. What a joy!
Next we went to Whoa Farm.
Work Horse Organic Agriculture Farm is a non-profit that is dedicated to serving people food in Sonoma County who cannot afford it. Their farm is right around the corner from where we live and we never knew they were there! They served us delicious pizza made in these beautiful ovens.
and we played some games...
On to our next stop, Taylor Maid Farms Coffee in Sebastopol.
We had a wonderful tour of the facility and learned how coffee was made. We saw the process of starting with raw beans and then roasting them is this huge roaster:
We finished off our day at a small farm called Grow Kitchen where we had dinner and learned line dancing.
We finished off dinner with a fabulous dessert-
All in all--a great day with a great group of people for a great cause.