Weeding, Eating, and Dancing Down on the Farm

Who doesn’t love pie? If you do, chances are you’ll also love eating, dancing—even rolling up your sleeves and working—at Pie Ranch. Located in Pescadero, just south of Half Moon Bay, Pie Ranch is a sustainable farm set on a pie-shaped piece of land. The farm grows fruit and wheat, and has goats, cows, and chickens that produce milk, eggs, and butter—all the fixin’s for pie! They sell their wares at their farm stand and to local bakeries, including San Francisco’s Mission Pie.

If you’re a city slicker, fear not. Come on down for a day trip. Pie Ranch aims to teach your type all about sustainable farming, local, fresh foods, and the critical role that near-extinct farmlands have in the Bay Area. And what better way to learn than to do? On the third Saturday of each month Pie Ranch hosts a community work day, potluck dinner, and barn dance. (The next one is slated for April 17th.) Arrive at 2:00 with sunscreen, hats, water and work gloves, and dressed to get dirty! You’ll pitch in on anything from weeding to collecting eggs (a favorite activity for the kids). At 3: 00 p.m., you can opt for a tour of the farm ($5 extra), and by 6:00 you’ll have the appetite of a farmhand, just in time for the potluck dinner. Bring something to share, and sit alongside new farm friends of all ages. Or just show up at 7:00 to swing your partner at the barn dance, where there’s live music and a caller to direct your dosey-doeing. (The dance costs $7-20, on a sliding scale.) Don’t be surprised if it takes a moment to get your bearings at this happy-go-lucky ho-down. The dances can get tricky if you don’t pay attention the caller’s clear directions. But at this spirited celebration, everyone’s happy to lend a hand to rookies, and early in the evening the caller’s inclined to make things easier for the wee ones.
—Kristen McClusky