Pig Pickin at Long Meadow Ranch

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Foodie Tout CEO, Karen Foley and Long Meadow Retail Ops. Manager, Nicho Ashley, catch-up.
Foodie Tout CEO, Karen Foley and Long Meadow Retail Ops. Manager, Nicho Ashley, discuss progress.
One of the most enjoyable rides in Sonoma County is the 11 mile twisting, turning, hairpin turn hop from Sonoma Valley to Napa Valley. The Board announces upcoming events at Long Meadow Ranch[/caption] brings you over the Mayacamas Mountain ridge top and is an incredible meander between Oak, Redwood and vines that tempt all senses.
Once on the Napa Valley floor, you are only a few miles away from St. Helena and Long Meadow Ranch.
The transformation Long Meadow has made over the past decade has been a transition worth following.
I originally grew fond of Long Meadow when it served as a nursery and garden center. The perennial selection was superb and their lavender always seemed to prosper vigorously.
Last week’s Pig Pickin Hospitality Event at Long Meadow Winery and Farmstead showcased the properties personality in a number of ways.
There’s a General Store now that years ago was only a vision. A small café graces the trellised patio, while Farmstead, the fresh farm to table restaurant stands tall in what once was the garden center.
Nicho Ashley, retail operations manager at Long Meadow Ranch has placed her obvious touch on the General Store and Café. Ashley, who previously managed Oakville Grocery made the transition to Long Meadow almost a year ago.
“I love it here,” Ashley said, adding, “every day is a new experience, and what could be more farm to table than this: eggs, honey, beef, pork, vegetables, wine, restaurant.” Throw in the orchards, the olive groves, and the fruit harvest and you can’t offer a better example of sustainable.
Long Meadow is much more than a restaurant and a facility. It is the gateway to St. Helena. The new café is the perfect spot for breakfast meetings or to relax and enjoy the grounds and the atmosphere that beckons to come back.

John Foley is Publisher of foodiedaily.com

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