Placer Farm & Barn Tour

2016 Farms & Activities


When: Oct. 9th, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Placer County farms, ranches, and orchards (map will be provided)
Cost: Tickets are FREE. 


The PlacerGROWN Farm & Barn Tour, is a self-guided expedition of farms, ranches, and vineyards in the beautiful countryside of Placer County. Visiting a working farm is a wonderful family activity, educational and entertaining for children and adults alike. Each farm venue will feature different activities, tours, and demonstrations. Locally grown produce, meats, wine, and more will be available for purchase.

7 Tips for a great Farm & Barn Tour

1. Map your trip. Study the map and locations of farms and plan your route in advance.  (Printable map available soon).
2. While visiting the farms, be curious and ask questions.
3. Wear comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes.
4. Prepare for the changing weather by wearing layers. Bring a hat.
5. Keep sunscreen handy.
6. Please drive with caution on country roads.
7. Please leave pets at home. For their own safety and the safety of farm livestock; pets are not permitted on the farm tour.

Farms and activities on the tour this year include:

Alpacas All Around, Loomis
Activities: Farm tours, meet the alpacas, make a nesting ball, children’s coloring station, children’s water play, bean bag toss, refreshments.
Products for sale: Alpaca rugs, yarn, roving, sweaters, hats, gloves, toys, scarves, blankets, art work, jewelry, socks.

Coffee Pot Ranch, Sheridan
Activities: Ranch tours, farm animal mask making for children, meat tasting, lamb and pork kabob lunch, Ms. Harper gourmet dry mixes and desserts, live music, picture perfect photo sites.
Products for sale: Desserts, jam and sauces, gourmet dry mixes, assorted premium cuts of meat & chicken, pet pate’ (frozen), dehydrated and fresh pet treats, CPR Meat Buyers Coffee Card, gift certificates, 2017 registration for on site event, all natural candles by Sara.

Colwell Thundering Herd Mandarin Ranch, Penryn
Activities: Ranch tours, tasting room featuring mandarin olive oil, lemon olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and chocolates, wine tasting with Casque Winery, local jewery artist, soap making demonstration, carousel rides for kids.
Products for sale: Mandarin & lemon olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mandarin blossom honey, fruit pies, artist made jewelry, mandarin & lemon scented soaps, body butter & lip balm, mandarin BBQ sauce, marmalade, pepper sauce, gourmet chocolate sauce.

Highland Orchard, Penryn
Activities: Working sheep dog demonstration by Dan Macon and family at 12:00, 1:30, and 3:00, self-guided tour of the orchard, self-guided tour of the Farm Stay if vacant, classic carousel rides for kids 8 yrs and under.
Products for sale: Olallieberry pie & ice cream by the slice, take & bake Olallieberry pie, mandarin orange chocolate lollipops, mandarin marshmallow kabobs, kettle corn by Kettle King, unique scented candles.

Loomis Alpacas
Activities: Loomis Alpacas is a peaceful, quiet place to observe life around you. Meet the animals: a herd of 18 alpacas, as well as chickens. View fruit and vegetable garden areas.
Products for sale: Loomis Alpacas produces yarns, scarves and handmade items that are one of a kind gifts. The yarns are hand-spun or spun at the mill.​

Shared Abundance Organic Farm, Auburn
Activities: Compost demonstration at 11:30 and 1:15, Vermiculture (worm composting) demonstration at 2:00, micro-greens and greenhouse tour at 2:30, tincture making demonstration at 3:00, garlic planting at 12:00 and 3:30, Kombucha and veggie fermenting demonstration at 4:00, winter squash relay at 12:30 and 4:30, live music.
Products for sale:
Farmers’ market stand, raw food table, essential oils, fall desserts.

Sinclair Family Farm, Newcastle
Activities: Hay rides, animal exhibits, working sheep dog demonstrations, 4-H and FFA demonstrations, Western art on display
Products for sale: Meat, honey, pasta, cheese, vegetables, and fruit; Western Art