Farm Visit at Pescadero, California

Fifth Crow Farm in Pescadero, California | vermilionroots.com

We recently took a drive up Highway 1 from San Jose to visit Fifth Crow Farm in Pescadero as part of a farm tour hosted by Kitchen Table Advisors, a non-profit organisation that promotes the economic viability of sustainable independent farms.

Fifth Crow Farm in Pescadero, California | vermilionroots.com

It was nice having the opportunity to get acquainted with some people that I had previously only met over email and phone, and to experience the work the organisation does. There was no better place to do that than on an organic farm where the rewards of sustainable farming were plain to see. 

The tour was led by owner and farmer John Vars, whose passion for the land he works on was as clear as the strawberries were sweet. I couldn't help popping the plump berries in my mouth as we picked them! After filling our bellies with a scrumptious lunch made using fresh produce from the farm, we decided to do some farm-hopping and made our way to Harley Farms to try their famed goat cheese.

Harley Farms in Pescadero, California | vermilionroots.com
Harley Farms in Pescadero, California | vermilionroots.com
Harley Farms in Pescadero, California | vermilionroots.com

The goat cheese did not disappoint, especially when made into cheesecake. Goats are such gentle, elegant creatures, which made them really fun to watch. We said "What's up?" to the goats and thanked them for sharing their milk. Then off we went to check out Pescadero town. 

Pescadero, California | vermilionroots.com

The quaint one-road town features a palm tree that grows within a tree. If you ever find yourself in front of this tree in Pescadero, I encourage you to look up its skirt of foliage and admire the intricate root system. Along the short Stage Road are a handful of eateries, shops, a cafe and Arcangeli Grocery Co. where you can get the much-lauded artichoke garlic herb bread.  

Slowcoast and Arcangeli Grocery in Pescadero, California | vermilionroots.com

It was such a beautiful, sunny day that we decided our excursion would not be complete without a stop at the beach. In spite of the massive traffic that stalled us for two hours on the road out, it was the perfect end to a beautiful weekend day trip. 

Pescadero Beach, California | vermilionroots.com

If you're interested to find out how you can play a part in supporting a sustainable food system in the San Francisco Bay Area, be sure to check out Kitchen Table Advisors