The terrific weather that we’ve been enjoying thanks to an early spring doesn’t only mean that you can bring a pair of short pants on your visit to the Featherbed Railroad. It also means that flowers and plants are happier earlier in the year as well with some spectacular shows of colors by the plants both on property and off.
One of the highlights of spring are Anne Garner’s Spring Wildflower Tours on her Eleven Roses Ranch in Long Valley.
Having lived in Lake County now for six years we are beginning to see a renaissance of activity coming to the area with new businesses opening. One of those is the Upper Lake Mercantile, a unique store that celebrates local style in the quaint town of Upper Lake, just a few minutes from the Featherbed Railroad.
Upper Lake Mercantile offers a variety of items that focus on locally-sourced and locally-made items and showcases the talents of some of our incredible local artists. By their own description Upper Lake Mercantile offers an ever-changing variety of interesting and useful things and, when I stopped by, this was absolutely the case. There was everything from jewelry to jams and things for home or person and even locally-made musical instruments! Pretty nifty for browsing and shopping, actually.
On a number of pages on our website we've talked about the farm-fresh ingredients we use whenever possible. Recently local farmers Troll and Joelle brought us a basket of goodies that was so beautiful, we had to take a picture. In fact, it actually looks fake in this picture but, take it from our taste buds, these fruits and veggies were very real. And delicious.
Troll and Joelle operate a farm called Les Jardins du Bateau which means the boat garden. They both speak French, what with Joelle being a native of Belgium, so the name fits. The garden is five acres in a flood plane so it's completely submerged for a very short time of year but grows glorious produce the rest of the year.
Essentially, our arrangement with them is that they just bring whatever they grow and we figure out how to incorporate that into what we serve here. It's always organic and Joelle even keeps her own seeds so no GMOs here.
These aren't the only farmers we work with, either. We love the fabulous red strawberries from Saecho farms, a family-run business. Seely's farm stand is a great source of what's local as well. Our honey comes from Dollar Mountain Apiaries in Lower Lake.
There are also great farmer's markets around the Lake where you can chat with the farmers themselves and get the inside track on what's now and what's coming soon.
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