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Food-Related Field Trips in Northern California
These Bay Area food related field trip destinations have been recommended by homeschooling parents and kids alike. If you have a favorite that isn't listed here please call us at 650-365-9425 or E-mail Homefires Editor. While we hope that this information is accurate, please do call to confirm.
3101 Busch Drive Fairfield, CA
Tours begin every hour on the hour. Age restrictions: Children under five are not allowed on the packaging floor but can take the rest of the tour. Tour length: 45 minutes. What you'll see: Video about brewing; three bottling lines and beechwood aging cellars. Free beer samples for adults.
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, CA
Learn about 19th century farming and agriculture activities. Civil War reenactment once each year. Train rides through Butterfly Forest. Arden Station and Deer Park Station: Board the horse-drawn train here. The ride takes kids more than 100 years back in time on a ride into the park with docents dressed in period costumes. Hay rides. Crafts & activities. Homeschool tours available.
601 South Baywood Avenue, (at Moorpark) San Jose, CA
Carrier (the owner) has a working active hive. He gives 20-30 minute talk about bees free of charge, and sells a large variety of colored honeycomb wax sheets for under $2 each to make home made candles. His business is part of his home. Eccentric character and worth repeated visits.
Take a 1-hour guided walking tour through the manufacturing facility and learn how ice cream gets from cow to cone. Watch a video, then tour the manufacturing plant, a possible walk through the giant freezer (brrrr) and the packaging area. Includes a stop by the tasting room for spoonfuls of your favorite Dreyer's flavor.
Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in Patterson, CA. We are open every October and offer educational and FUN field trips for all ages! Our field trips include the following:
Fortune Cookie Factory
261 12th Street, Oakland, CA
Offers 15-30 minutes tour to see how a fortune cookie is made. The Fortune Cookie Factory, makes over 50,000 fortune cookies daily, shipping them to destinations as far as Australia, England, Japan and Hong Kong.
1962 Hayes Lane, Woodland, CA 530-666-9700
Herman Goelitz Jelly Belly Factory
2400 N. Watney Way, Fairfield. 707-428-2838
26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. 650-949-8644.
Corner of Santa Rosa and Sonoma Avenues, Santa Rosa
Marin French Cheese Factory
7500 Red Hill Road Petaluma. 800-292-6001
1328 Stockton Street, (between Broadway and Vallejo) San Francisco, CA
Small children must be accompanied by an adult on this 5-10 minute tour to see how fortune cookies are made. This is really fun in the cramped, tiny space. The proprietors do a heavy sales pitch to get you to buy cookies -- which is okay cause they are so cheap.
Noah's New York Bagels
Locations throughout Bay Area and beyond.
Olivera Egg Ranch Tour
3315 Sierra Rd., San Jose. 408-258-8074
Pepsi Manufacturing Plant
1-510-781-3600 x 1045
The Pez Museum
214 California Drive, Burlingame. 650-347-2301
The Randall Museum
199 Museum Way, San Francisco 415-554-9600
Slide Ranch -- Organic Farm in Marin
2025 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, CA
Milk a goat, explore tide pools, hike among wildflowers, feed farm animals, dig around in an organic garden. This non-profit educational center teaches children and families an understanding of our connection and respect for nature with practical lessons about basic human needs -- food, clothing, shelter and community. Daycamps and overnights for school or homeschool groups. Weekend family programs. All available from fall to spring.
University of California at Santa Cruz
Farm/Garden Agro-ecology Program -- Tour the 25 acre organic farm with docents or on your own. Open daily from dawn to dusk. Tours by reservation. Call 831-459-4140 or 831-459-3248