- For an entire meal make: Squash Risotto served with Arugula Salad & Lemon Truffle Vinaigrette (see below for recipe).
Ardenwood Farms is like Colonial Williamsburg Lite. And not having a large family to pile out of a mini-van at Ardenwood Farms made us feel a bit like adults without kids at Disney Land. We decided next time that we needed to rent some children for this colonial fall farm excursion on our SF Bay Area Fall Day Trip (or maybe parents would rent us, aka babysitters). The reason we probably felt this awkward was because we still joined in all of the family activities without a family in tow. I swear we didn’t jump ahead in line to make an herb sachet, or hop onto a pump-car on the train tracks, eat fruit off the trees, or take more than our share of popcorn from the sampling station or anything. However, jumping from one step of the kid filled straw bale pyramid to another step, while holding my husband’s hand instead of a small child’s hand, was kind of cute, I guess, like a first date or something. After that initial experience, I was a bit underwhelmed and ready to go after just viewing the pumpkin patch. Then, I was glad we stayed and paid to enter the historic farm with actors and everything. We did opt out of the family filled spooky railroad ride and walked ahead to the historic farm re-enactment portion and watched the blacksmith and kids making herb filled sachets. Then we wandered around the farm eating walnuts from one tree and an apple from another and then checked out the animals and picked our own popcorn cobs from the cornfield. From a mom visitor we found out that the weekend before there was a huge harvest event for families that attracted thousands of people. We were then relieved that we hit the farm on a rainy Sunday, free from the crowds.
On the way out we stopped at the Perry’s organic farm market and bought a winter squash and a kabocha squash for our fall cooking tradition. This year’s recipe happens to be a Gluten-Free Recipe. Check out last year’s SF Bay Area Fall Day Trip yummy recipe Pumpkin Tagliatelle Recipe from baking pumpkins we bought at a pumpkin patch on HWY 1.
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