To anyone who thinks Sonoma is snooty wine country, I say an emphatic “NO”. We are Small Town America where the predominant industry happens to be wine and small farms, especially farms raising organic, sustainable and heirloom products. If you ever doubt that, you should check out some of the local City festivals. These aren’t staged events for the tourists. Like today’s Community Ox Roast, these events tend to be put on, attended and for the benefit of the locals.

Need more proof? Here is the photographic evidence:

Although Id hoped to see a whole ox roasting on a spit, the volunteer firemen, who Im told handle cooking duties, had their hands full with dozens of tri-tip roasts.

Although I'd hoped to see a whole ox roasting on a spit, the volunteer firemen, who I'm told handle cooking duties, had their hands full with dozens of tri-tip roasts.

And all the eaters seemed to like their ox plate specials.

And all the eaters seemed to like their "ox plate specials".

You could even try out sauces made by various locals and vote for your favorite to win the trophy.

You could even try out sauces made by various locals and vote for your favorite to win the trophy.

Then a band of local service people from Travis Air Force Base got the crowd rockin.

Then a band of local service people from Travis Air Force Base got the crowd rockin'.

Even some cool old grandpas were cutting a rug.

Even some cool old grandpas were cutting a rug.

A lot of people sported Proud to Be American...

A lot of people sported "Proud to Be American" gear...

Cause its not just for 4th of July.

'Cause it's not just for 4th of July.

 

All proceeds benefit The Sonoma Community Center, so don’t miss this event next year if you are in the vicinity (always the first Sunday in June.)

Meanwhile back at the Ranch, a continuation of yesterday’s Farm Report:

Lake Charles finally has enough plant cover to keep the algae at bay.

Lake Charles finally has enough plant cover to keep the algae at bay.

Critters of all kinds are enjoying the frosty cool water, including this fine looking terrier.

Critters of all kinds are enjoying the frosty cool water, including this fine looking terrier.

Lavender fields forever! We may have a bumper crop this year.

Lavender fields forever! We may have a bumper crop this year.

 

My task for the next few weeks is to get a name and branding for our lavender (which will be made into lavender water and essential oil). Then see about getting a stall in the Sonoma Farmer’s Market. Soon you may see me hawking lavender every Tuesday night in summer and fall. My new career path: grassroots retail.

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