The long, rainy winter has wound to an end and we’re reaping the benefits with an explosion of blooms across Sonoma County.

And really, what could be more beautiful than a spring afternoon of watching the sun shining its golden light on a field of California poppies? My flower reverie is quite possibly inspired by our feature story by Jess Taylor on Bees N Blooms, the pollinator paradise at the foot of Taylor Mountain in Santa Rosa. Learn about the farm’s lavender labyrinth, where you can picnic while watching bees frolic in ecstasy around fields of flowers. To take it up a notch, maybe that picnic could involve a tasty banh mi from one of the many local Vietnamese shops that serve these wonders composed of light, flaky baguettes, pickled vegetables, and delicious sauces—otherwise known as the perfect spring sandwich, as I argue in this issue’s Eat feature. 

Something else you’ll probably notice in the pages that follow is more than one story about livestock—thanks to Farmster’s efforts to bring ag back to downtown Cotati and the Transhumance Festival’s second annual celebration of grasslands grazing culture in Petaluma. Keep reading to find out more! A happy spring to you: Eat good food, buy local, and celebrate community the Made Local Magazine way! 

 

Leilani Clark editor 

editor@madelocal.coop 

 

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