A Peek at The National Heirloom Expo


What a great time we had at The Nation Heirloom Expo on Thursday! As their website says, “The National Heirloom Exposition is a not-for-profit event centered around the pure food movement, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism.”  We really didn’t know what to expect, but we walked into this hall first and were blown away at how much there was to look at and how inspiring it would be.

It was so hard to not pick one of these apples up and take a bite! We might have to join the California Rare Fruit Growers so we can get access to some of the more rare apples trees.


This picture doesn’t do this tower justice, this was about a 10 foot tower of winter squash!

13oo lb pumpkins!

Mindblowingly beautiful beehives by Gaia’s Bees.

Must buy some goldenrod for the bees!

I regret not buying one of these self watering, hand made terracotta seed trays. Anne, the designer and maker said they’d have them for sale on their website soon. I have a feeling they’ll be selling like hotcakes, they are so beautiful!

This birthday girl, in all her rainbow regalia, caught the eye of the Gettles and she ended up having a little photo session with Sasha with a Baker Creek photographer. Very cute!

Great music to listen to at lunchtime by Poor Old Shine.

Other highlights:

: : Running into our neighbor and her aunt

: :  Then running into our uncle and his partner Jane, who runs a farm & CSA in the foothills

: : The amazing vendor hall that I could have spent another hour in had I not had a tired two year old on my hands

: : But I did manage to buy a hand thrown serving bowl and pitcher

: : Great food was served there. We had a delicious BLT and strawberry/rhubarb pie for dessert

: : Talking to Rebecca Burgess and telling her how she inspired me on my naturally dyed fair isle sweater

: : Looking forward to next year when hopefully I can hear some speakers as well!


Filed under beekeeping, Life in Sonoma, what we've learned

12 responses to “A Peek at The National Heirloom Expo

  1. This is way cool! Thanks for posting!

  2. my word, I wonder what they did with all that lovely produce!

  3. Michelle

    Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing -it was great seeing you, too! 🙂 What a great way for your youngest to celebrate, I bet the photos they took were adorable. And those little self-watering pots caught my eye just after my pocket money ran out, so thank you for sharing their link!

  4. Beautiful. Wish I was closer.

  5. I didn’t go, but let’s meet there next year!

  6. Your pictures are beautiful. I was also there on Thursday! Poor Old Shine was fun to listen to – a great band.

  7. So many pretty colours! Gorgeous.

  8. Wow what a Country Fair! I love all the varieties of garlic – I had no idea!
    This tiny Island Nation has no chance of producing a mountain of squash like that – looks like it was a lovely day. I too wish I was closer.

  9. What a wonderful event. I’m a member of a CSA and love getting the heirloom veggies. Those apples look so good. 🙂

  10. I missed this by a week last year on a quick trip out to CA. It’s on my list for a future destination! Love the bee skep picture.

  11. Wow! What a neat event. And your pictures are wonderful. Sure wish we were closer!

  12. I have heirloom expo envy! I love Baker Creek and use their seeds for my heirloom plant business–they are wonderful. They are also incredibly generous–they allowed me to use their product photography when I started up my company. Truly lovely people, and their seeds can’t bet beat for germination.

    Your photos are wonderful–what an incredible event! I hope you had a fantastic time…love the birthday girl’s happy outfit! Next year, I definitely must find a way to go to the expo. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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