Day 6 of our California coast road trip

Today was an early day for myself and my daughter/assistant, Kira. We had a 7:30 meeting with one of the guys who run the ECO farm. It had been raining all night and we were concerned about working in the rain but due to our tight schedule we pushed on through. (I’m glad we pack umbrellas in our photography equipment.) We had a tour of the garden and the farm in the rain. The rain slowed up for a bit so we took advantage of that and quickly got our photos of the gardens and composting system on the farm. It was cold, wet and heavily overcast which isn’t great for photography, but it ended up working out well. I was also fun learning about the plants and how they are doing research and to change how the land is handled to grow our food. I love to see the diverse things people do and how a lot of small businesses are innovative and pushing to make the world a better place. I love to work with people who are passionate about a cause. I also got a lot of good ideas I’d like to implement in my own gardening practices at home.

We were finished and back to the farmhouse in time to wake up the rest of the crew and get on the road…. it’s a long way home!

Day 5 of our California coast road trip

When I woke up this morning I could see why there were no curtains on the windows. The views were amazing! I laid in bed and watched the fog slowly lift from the valley floor, exposing a view of beautiful vineyards drenched with moisture and saturated with color. It was breathtaking. I had to share what I was seeing so I woke everyone up. From the farmhouse, we could only see one other house, a farmhouse nestled near the bottom of the hill that we were on. There was also a large pond near at the bottom of the hill. There is a road that runs up the middle of Potter Valley but there was very little traffic, making it feel quite isolated.

We had coffee at the house but drove to Ukiah for a late breakfast. We went to a local coffee shop that roasts its’ own beans. The coffee was good. I had a latte with no sweetener. The food selection was very limited but it was good also. We ate on the patio to get a sense of the local vibe.

After our late breakfast, we drove north to Redwood Valley. A week ago I called and arranged for us to have a Saturday wine tasting at Frey Vineyards. We have been drinking Frey wines for the past 15+ years. They are one of the very few vineyards that make their wines with no added sulfites, which is important to me because several people in my family have bad reactions to sulfites.

When we got there, Caroline met us for a leisurely tasting. We had a great time trying some of the wines from Frey that aren’t available at home. It was nice to have a chance to taste the organic and the biodynamic lines side by side. I learned a lot about how they grow and make their wines. As a hobby gardener myself, it was fun to see the vineyards and learn more about how they grow their grapes. We tasted a lot and bought a couple of cases to take home with us. I would definitely like to return to Frey again. It’s a small family owned and operated business. The people there were very friendly and hospitable. It was a highlight of the trip for me.