It was a bright, searing July Saturday afternoon when I joined ten other people for a walking tour of McEvoy Ranch. Nan McEvoy is related to the DeYoung of the DeYoung Museum in SF. She decide to buy acreage outside of Petaluma on the border of Marin and Sonoma County lines, here she planted oil trees and is currently making beautiful finishing olive oil and beauty products that are sold online at Amazon, at the Ferry Building in SF and various other boutique knick knack local shops.
Once in a while you can join one of their walking tours – it’s not that much walking, really, but in the heat you can’t wait to get back into their little store and tasting room and have some of the cold ice water they serve. It lasts about an hour and cost $30. You learn about where their trees come from, how they grow them in a drought(now) you get to taste two kinds of their oil and shop for all their products back in their store.
If you know their oil, the tour is a must and even if you don’t know about them, it’s a great way to spend a summer afternoon.
Thanks to McEvoy Ranch, Petaluma is #1 spot for Fall travel, read the article in Harper’s Bazaar: