The Apple Farm 18501 Greenwood Rd., in Philo, (707) 895-2461. Fruit stand: Daily 9-5; later in summer & fall.
One part of this enterprise is a 30-acre certified organic farm with more than 80 varieties of apples ripening at different times from August through October. The bounty and related products are sold at the property’s Farm Stand.
The other part is a cooking school operated by the original proprietors of the highly acclaimed French Laundry restaurant in Yountville. The school strives to simplify everyday cooking and to get participants back in their kitchens preparing daily meals and enjoying it. On Farm Weekends everyone gets hands-on experience, preparing and consuming Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday brunch. According to owner Sally Schmitt, it is “like a house party with some cooking lessons thrown in.” Students learn to use what is already in their garden and pantry and also learn to use the best ingredients while doing the least possible to them. Participants get 3 hours off on Saturday afternoon to hike, bike, or visit local wineries on their own. One guest room and three cabins are available on the premises.
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