Sample the bounty of Petaluma.
A lot has changed since Petaluma was chartered in 1858. Through it all, Petaluma has stayed true to its roots as an area known for its agricultural bounty and diversity. Artisan cheeses, organically-grown heirloom vegetables, all-natural free-range poultry, and fresh-off-the-farm eggs are just a few of the products that give Petaluma its well-earned reputation as an area of delicious abundance.
Dotting the fertile Petaluma valley, you’ll find family farms and ranches that take pride in using the same time-honored techniques perfected by the generations before them; they know that there are no cutting corners when it comes to producing authentic flavor. Taste and see for yourself at one of Petaluma’s farm-to-table restaurants, farmers’ markets, or ranch tours.
Lala’s Jam Bar and Urban Farmstand
720 East Washington St.
Thursday – Monday from 10am – 5pm
LALA’s small batch jams, a Today Show favorite offers fruit butters and marmalades made from locally sourced fruit. Low in sugar, LALA also makes unsweetened jams as well as jams sweetened with raw honey. A variety of other Sonoma County made food products are also available including Petaluma Toffee, Guerneville’s Big Bottom Biscuit Mix, Sebastopol’s Andrade Olive Oil, Russian River Chocolate Bars, local cheeses, chocolate lavender and salted caramel sauces, and hand embroidered dish towels. A perfect place to buy your souvenirs and gifts. Shop online at lalasjams.com.
Farms in Petaluma
Whether you call it “agri-toursim” or you just want to know more about where your food comes from, you don’t have to travel far afield in Petaluma to have an experience that connects you with a working ranch or farm.
About 10 minutes from downtown is a 260-acre family-owned and operated Tara Firma Farms. Focused on holistic farming, they use farming practices that are better for the animals, the land, and the environment.
Located on the outskirts of Petaluma is Lavender Bee Farm featuring English, Provence and Grosso lavender. Bees are raised naturally in Lanstroft and Topbar hives and no more than 40% of honey is removed from the hives at any time. Stop by their farm store and take some home for yourself.
Nestled in the hills west of Petaluma, McEvoy Ranch is the largest organic producer of Tuscan-style, estate-grown olive oil in the US. They strive to create a balanced agricultural ecosystem, with diverse plantings and animal populations to support a healthy landscape. Visitors can schedule private walking tours of the ranch with delightful nibbles and wine tastes along the way.
Our ranches and farms are both beautiful and educational. Visit their websites for information about tours and experiences.
VISIT A FARM OR RANCH
(often by appointment only; visit websites for info)
Farm to Table
EXPLORE THE BOUNTY OF OUR FARMERS MARKETS
Everyone knows that you’ll find the freshest and tastiest seasonal fruits and vegetables at Petaluma’s three Farmers’ Markets, but that’s only the beginning of why they are such popular community hubs.
Each market has its own personality, offering a distinctive mix of fresh-off-the-farm produce, prepared foods, live entertainment, flowers, grass-fed meat and poultry, and artisan products. So no matter which market you visit, you’ll take home a memorable experience…and some delicious food!