Adam Parks and Adam Taggert, Tara Firma Farms - photo by Bob Bone

Adam Parks and Adam Taggert, Tara Firma Farms – photo by Bob Bone

From Bob Bone:

About 35 BATW members and guests who made the trek up to Jenner last month were rewarded with wonderful spring-like weather and miles of terrific shoreline views.

The two-lane curves and mountainous viewpoints along Route 1 were just made for photographers, and many took advantage of that before and after the meeting.

Members gathered at The Jenner Inn, in the scenic hamlet (pop. about 130), established where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean.

The Jenner Inn was recently purchased by Charlie Coyne and his wife, Katie (among others). Although the facility was not yet fully in operation, the Coynes stepped in to offer the site after plans unexpectedly fell through for the February meeting planned for Berkeley.

President Suzie Rodriguez reported on the production of the 128-page BATW California National Parks book, followed by Dick Jordan’s report on recent showings of his documentary film on Cuba. Those who missed the public presentations can find the film on YouTube, Dick said.

Several presentations were made by local tourism operations, including the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau, the Sonoma County Farm Trails, and the Tara Firma Farms Store.

Members also heard plans for the Media Wine Tour scheduled for April 10 in Woodland, CA, and the exclusive “Heart of Yolo County” press tour for BATW scheduled for May 5-8.

From Andrea Granahan:

The setting for the February meeting was spectacular. We gathered at Jenner-By-the-Sea, where the Russian River meets the sea and wildlife abounds. We were welcomed at The Jenner Inn by Charlie Coyne, general manager, and his wife, Katie (two of the new owners).

The inn had just changed hands and the restaurant was not yet open, but the Coynes provided a lovely feast. We explored some of the cabins that make up the inn’s lodgings. The views of the river and sea were stunning, and while Charlie told us to keep in mind renovations were planned and we were seeing the “before,” we found the cabins charming just as they were.

Carmen Snyder, executive director, explained the 40-year-old Sonoma County Farm Trails program to us and shared the original map, at which time there were just four wineries open to the public. Now the number is over 200. She told us about events such as the upcoming Barbecue, Brews and Barn Dance, and the Gravenstein Apple Fair, which happens in August.

We learned Farm to Fork is very important in (and to) Sonoma County!

Afterward, we had the pleasure of meeting a pair of Sonoma County farmers from Tara Firma Farms, where pastured meat is raised. They gave us each a packet of bacon – which came from pigs that had led a happy life with just one bad day. (We should all be so lucky.)