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Dry Creek Peaches & Healdsburg hints

Stanley Stephan | Jul 3, 200211:55 AM

If you are in the area, I found a nice peach orchard on Yokum Bridge Road between Dry Creek and North Dry Creek roads.

They have over 30 varieties of peaches during the summer season. They supply some of the SF restaurants like Postrio. They also made some jam last year that was carried by a few of the Whole Food markets. Currently they had a variety of white peach I had never tried before called strawberry freeze. It is a nice little farm stand surrounded by the peach orchard. They also sell at the farmers market in downtown Healdsburg.

I met the owner at Preston wineries just around the corner. It was Monday and the peach stand was closed but she invited me over and was nice enough to give me a sample bag of some white peaches and lovely, juicy Santa Rosa Plums. They also have other produce as well. There were some figs on the day I visited.

I was really in the area to try the rustic bread from Preston Vinyards. The bread is made in a wood-fired oven and was still warm when the winery opened. Very nice bread. Free wine tasting of up to 4 samples.

Preston also has a really nice picnic ground for customers. There are a few benches in the yard between the house and tasting room. The vineyards surround the area.

If you decide on an impromptu picnic, there is the Dry Creek General Store which has a limited selection of picnic salads, cole cuts, and cheese (VERY limited cheese). It is just south on Dry Creek Road.

Preston bread and wine, a little cheese and some Dry Creak peaches ... very nice.

Also stopped by the Downtown Bakery and Creamery in downtown Healdsburg. They sell at the San Francisco Ferry Terminal market and I wanted to check out the actual bakery. They literaly bring the store to SF. The only thing they don't bring are the items that need refrigeration.

You can buy a cup of Rishi loose leaf tea at the bakery. I liked the spicy and fragrant Earl Green blend the best, although the White Peony was nice as well.

Flying Goat Coffee has a nice selection of coffees, with many noted as free trade. They have a little in shop bakery as well. I had a small apricot pecan breakfast roll. It was a little too dry and healthy tasting. The other baked goods looked good however.

Preston Vineyards
9282 West Dry Creek Road
707-433-3372 (you can ask what type of bread is available that day)


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