On the way home from Guernville we stopped in downtown Petaluma for lunch and a trip to the Petaluma Seed Bank. It’s pretty much what it sounds like, an old bank building converted into a store that sells heirloom vegetable, fruit, and flower seeds. I personally don’t like gardening, but I had a great time picking out the seeds I would want someone else to plant for me. There were so many different varieties of everything! If you don’t live anywhere near Petaluma, you can check out their online store to see all the wonderful things they offer.
Not all of my friends were as interesting in reading descriptions of radishes as I was, but luckily for them there is a room in the downstairs section that has books and a few toys.
If you do live near Petaluma, the people behind the Seed Bank are helping to put on the 3rd Annual Heirloom Exposition September 10-12 at the Santa Rosa fairgrounds. It’s in the middle of the week, so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it, but it sounds like a lot of fun and a chance to taste some of the heirloom veggies and fruits without growing them yourselves.
The downstairs area also has bulbs, air plants, and gardening equipment.
And this mural of a chicken.
If you live in the Bay Area, consider a day trip to Petaluma! In addition to the Seed Bank, there are lots of antique stores and a bunch of other shops on Kentucky Ave that we didn’t even get a chance to look at. And there is a river nearby that you can walk along and lots of restaurants to choose from.