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Thank you for your interest in our family farm. Bloomfield Organics is an award winning organic vegetable, strawberry, pasture raised eggs and herb farm in the rolling hills of Western Sonoma County. We are honored to tend the soil and grow the most nutritious and delicious food for our community.

Please note: We are Bloomfield Organics, formerly known as Bloomfield Farms.  If you are looking for Bloomfield Farms clickhere to be redirected to their site.  Thanks!

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Happy New Year!

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We wish you and yours a wonderful New Year!

 

 

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Join Us on 10/13 for U-Pick Sunday with Chef Matt Elias

Bloomfield Organics is so excited to host local chef Matthew Elias for a splendid farm brunch at our U-Pick Sunday event!!! On Sunday October 13th from 10am-1pm hike the fields to harvest a week’s worth of Bloomfield Organics produce then return to our farm lounge for a relaxing meal prepared by one of our favorite local food superstars!

Chef Matthew Elias at UPick Sunday

For more details about U-Pick Sunday (e.g. what to bring, prices etc…) please visit our Bloomfield Organics U-Pick Page.

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Join Us for U-Pick Sunday & The “FUN FARM BRUNCH”

UPick Sunday Fun Farm Brunch

UPick Sunday Fun Farm Brunch

This Sunday from 10-2pm our family extends a warm welcome to you to visit the farm and join us for U-Pick Sunday featuring our “Pay What You Can” Fun Farm Brunch. 

This is a perfect marriage of on-the-farm experience, exceptional organic produce and wonderful, relaxing time “breaking bread” with friends and family.

  • HARVEST: Pick exactly what you want from our seasonal bounty
  • SAVE: For $30 receive an uncommonly awesome value on your weekly produce needs. And the brunch is based on the “Pay What You Can” honor system.
  • EAT: Enjoy a “Pay What You Can” FUN FARM BRUNCH 
  • EXPERIENCE: A wholesome and outrageously fun experience for the entire family. There’s no better way to bring families together and create positive experiences for the kids that will be etched in their minds and hearts forever
  • MORE INFORMATION, directions and a checklist for what to bring and how to prepare please visit our U-Pick Sunday page. We also appreciate an RSVP heads up. 

http://www.bloomfieldfarmsorganics.com/upick

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“Help Plant the Squash & Pumpkin Pile” at U-Pick Sunday

Bloomfield Organics is honored to help grow the heirloom “Pumpkin & Squash Pile” for the 2013 National Heirloom Exposition. With seeds contributed by our friends at the Baker Seed Company & Petaluma Seed Bank our family figured…

“What better way to do this then to get families and kids involved, from planting to harvest out on a working organic and GMO-free farm!!!”

Help Plant the 2013 Heirloom Expo Pumpkin Pile at Bloomfield Farms

Help Plant the 2013 Heirloom Expo Pumpkin Pile at Bloomfield Farms

WHEN: This Saturday and Sunday May 4th and 5th  – 10am to 2pm — BOTH DAYS!

WHAT: Harvest your own produce for $30 and take part in the planting of heirloom squash, pumpkins and gourds. Any customer will also receive permission to come back later in the year and, nature permitting, select one pumpkin, squash or gourd (one per customer) either at U-Pick or at the Expo!

DIRECTIONS: see www.bloomfieldfarmsorganics.com/upick or call 707.876.3261

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U-Pick Sunday SEASON PASSES Now Available for 2013

U-Pick Weekends are a great experience for the kids!

U-Pick Weekends are a great experience for the kids!

Bloomfield Farms is pleased to announce our 2013 Season Pass Program for U-Pick Weekends! This program is an evolution of our overwhelmingly successful U-Pick Sunday tradition established last year in 2012. This series of events attracts locavores, foodies and adventuresome families from all over Northern California and the Bay Area including Sonoma, Marin, Napa and San Francisco counties. U-Pick Weekends are truly one-of-a-kind immersion into farm life and a great way to get some fresh air, harvest certified-organic produce, and create memories that last a lifetime.

Here’s The Deal: For 2013 we are offering a limited number of season passes. We have twenty (20) passes for 8 harvests and another twenty (20) passes for 16 harvests available. This represents a 10% to 20% discount off our 2013 regular price of $30. For additional pricing and sign up details visit our ONLINE STORE.

This Offer Ends April 12th 2013 so if you see yourself as a regular, hardcore U-Pick guest this is a great way to receive a savings and commit to helping our local family farm at the same time . It’s going to be an amazing season!!!

Learn More: U-Pick Weekends last from April 13th until the end of October 2013.You can learn more about U-Pick Weekends Here

Purchase Your Season Pass Today: You can purchase your season pass at the Bloomfield Farms Online Store.

Have Questions? If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact the farm at 707.876.3261 or email us at upick@bloomfieldfarmsorganics.com

U-Pick Weekends at Bloomfield Farms

A happy group of U-Pick visitors at Bloomfield Farms!

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Feeding People, Helping Farms – Bloomfield Organics Fridge Gleaning

In  a recent San Francisco Chronicle interview, Craig McNamara of the Center for Land-Based Learning mentioned a few things that hit home for all of us at Bloomfield Farms. He said that “At some point from farm to table we lose 40 percent of our food,” and in addition that “seventeen percent of our communities [in California] – mostly children – don’t know where their next meal will come from.” These statistics stagger the mind, pointing to a food system that is not only ridiculously inefficient and but wildly unjust.

All farmers doing good work in a hungry world, especially when farms and farming are on the decline, should have no problem selling or donating 100% of their harvest. And all citizens, no matter how poor or remote, should have access to affordable and high quality food.  And as farmers there is one  last statistic important to mention: according to FarmsReach 53% of farms in the in the US report a net loss each year and do not break even, nonetheless make a profit. This is all very troubling, yet at our farm we know that solutions exist to addressing these challenges.

A STORY

Here’s a story for you. Last Sunday about 6:00pm our team of upstart farmers returned to the farm from the 3 farmers markets we work in the Bay Area (Larkspur, Kensington & Sebastopol). We took a look in the fridge and once again, for the umpteenth odd weekend, we had brought back anywhere from 20-30% of our premium produce from the markets, still packed in the boxes. We didn’t sell out. It is undendingly frustrating to look in the cooler and see all of that hard work, investment, passion, driving miles, fuel and premium, organic-certified produce just sitting there, uneaten and unsold. There was cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, radishes, chard, kale, braising mix…the list goes on. All in all probably about $400-$600 of produce if it were to be valued at premium retail prices.

OUR EXPERIMENT

So instead of feeding it all to our chickens (we call our flock the 1%) we decided to conduct an experiment to see if we could get that ultra-premium food into the mouths of hungry and budget-conscious community members and make back some of our costs. Sure it’s great to make donations to address food insecurity but what about farmer insecurity? This is an important issue as well and ideally, solutions to the challenge will address both. So at around 7:00pm we cranked up the laptop in our farm office (a converted shipping container) and made the following Facebook Post “BLOOMFIELD ORGANICS FOOD SECURITY EXPERIMENT — FLASH MOB FRIDGE GLEANING!!! Please read and share.”

We offered any upstart organizer the entire pile of premium produce for $200 if they could show up with one truck by 11am the next monday morning and, after a high five or hug, take it off our hands. We had no clue what to expect but soon the gears of deal-making and community-building began to crank and within approximately 1.5 hours we had struck a deal with Megan Sweeley of the Harvest Park subdivision in Santa Rosa. Megan, who had been to our farm in 2012 for one of our U-Pick Sunday events, took an educated gamble on this offer and used Facebook to round up 8 or so families, get them each to pitch in around $20 clams and before we knew it, the deal was done and her hubby was pulling his dodge into our farm to pick up their vegetables.

THE RESULTS

  • $4-600 of premium, local, seasonal, organic-certified food saved from waste
  • 8 hard-working Sonoma County families accessed affordable food, nearly a week’s worth, at a great price
  • Local farming family makes $200 is able to recoup some of their limited farming dollars
  • A lasting relationship between Bloomfield Farms and The Harvest Park neighborhood is forged
  • Chickens had to work a bit harder for their food :)

MEGAN’S NOTES

Megan Sweeley had this to write when we asked her for a bit of information about her neighborhoods experience (thanks Megan):

“There were 7 total families from our neighborhood and 2 members of my husband’s family. Our subdivision is called Harvest Park and we are in the southwest area of Santa Rosa off of Petaluma Hill Road. I shared your Facebook post and that’s how the proverbial ball got rolling. Everyone except the 2 family members everyone brought their $20 over to my house by the next morning and the deal was done. We divided up the delivery after work and everyone went home with delicious and nutritious fresh food. We all are full-time working families with young children so to be able to do this was a special treat we don’t always have time to make the effort for. Not to mention it was a great price!!”

LESSONS LEARNED

The statistics are as correct as they are depressing. A huge amount of premium and perishable food goes to waste before it gets to the digestive tracts of people. A tremendous number of folks (especially kids) go hungry. All the while a majority of our farmers lose money doing what they love – feeding people, stewarding the land, building agriCULTURE and working with the dirt. WHAT THE….???

But this small experiment at Bloomfield Farms in collaboration with the “interwebs” and a great little neighborhood in Santa Rosa sheds some light on SIMPLE and down-2-earth solutions to pressing food system and community challenges. Thanks to a sturdy online community, one POWER MOM and the willingness to work together, we were able to solve a few challenges at once, and have a great time along the way. Together we helped Families and helped Farms. What could possibly be better?

PS –Some great resources courtesy of Haney Armstrong on the topic of Crop Mobs as well as a California Crop Mob facebook group created by Roots of Change

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