For a limited time we are continuing our “Long Haul” special. Purchase 24 CSA boxes and receive 6 on us! Please call our office to learn more and sign up! 707.876.3261
For more details about U-Pick Sunday (e.g. what to bring, prices etc…) please visit our Bloomfield Farms U-Pick Page.
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.
Bloomfield Farms 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!!!”
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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 FARMS 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.
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!!”
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?
Farming can provide a wonderful lifestyle but, like many other lines of work, it can be a frustrating business. At times it’s like pushing a hay bale uphill in the rain. And if you’re trying to farm year-round, like we are, it can be even more challenging.
We’re not going to “manure” ya’ here…it’s been a challenging winter for our farm as we’re sure it’s been for others. Multiple factors, including an at-times rocky relationship with Mother Nature, have contributed to a challenging start to the year so far, especially with the cold spell delivered by January. Plants are growing slow and, while the bills continue to flow, we just haven’t had a lot of produce to offer.
But today we decided to take a bit of a break to walk up that hill, just behind our place, for a bit of perspective. And when we got to the top and turned around, this is what we saw and what inspired us. We saw a natural canvas with which our farming team produces edible art. We saw our good neighbors, the farms and ranches who share our delights and struggles to remain viable in agriculture. We saw fields, weather and other factors permitting, that are going to explode with nutritious abundance in the near future. And, most importantly, we saw our team members, members of our family and, in our mind’s eye, we saw the thousands of customers, friends and neighbors who have supported our farm over the years in more ways than can be articulated.
Whether it’s our loyal CSA members, our guests to U-Pick Sunday, or our amazing local business, grocer and restaurant partners, we were reminded how blessed we are to be in this community and reminded of our lengthy mission….to grow and offer local, organic, fresh-as-all-get-out, GMO-free produce of unparalleled quality, and…importantly…to be a pleasant, transparent, educational and reliable farming partner to all of you.
We look forward to spending more time with you in the upcoming months as things warm up a bit and, basically, there is a bit less mud. The U-Pick Sunday series of events just around the corner. Our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), with loyal members we can’t thank enough for getting us through the winter, remains open for enrollment with multiple food communities around the bay area. And soon, when things pick up a bit, our produce will again be featured at some of the most amazing establishments in the Bay Area. And we’ll continue our practice of consistently letting you know about those establishments where you can find our produce.
THANK YOU! Thank you for considering where your food comes from and for caring about the farmers who grow it. Thank you for buying local from our farm — even if it’s a bit more of a stretch financially, than heading to the global chain store. Thank you for recognizing the difference between global AgriBusiness and local AgriCulture which grows not only pure food but additionally a myriad of environmental, social and economic benefits. Thank you for choosing Bloomfield Farms as well as the other amazing local farms and ranches in our area.
We farm for you and cannot survive and thrive without you. And please enjoy some of the photos we took walking back down the hill today!