With the perfect climate for growing produce throughout the year, plus over 1.5 million acres of farmland, it comes as no surprise that Sacramento is the farm to fork capital of the United States. From foodie adventures to farm tours, here are just a few of the ways in which you can take full advantage of the incredibly fresh produce to be found in Sacramento.
One of the best ways to ensure that you are purchasing the freshest of produce is by doing your shopping at a local farmers market. These can be found all over Sacramento, and sell seasonal produce, as well as other items, such as meat, dairy and beverages. From the Capitol Mall Farmers Market every Thursday to the Sunrise Light Rail Station Farmers Market on Saturdays, there are farmers markets to be found just about everywhere in Sacramento.
Food tours are a great way to learn more about the farm to fork concept in greater detail, while seeing how individual organizations carry this practice out. Local Roots Food Tours are half day tours that are available every week, and are basically a walking tour of some of Sacramento’s best farm to fork eateries. Grange: Follow the Chef is another tour that foodies will love, and this is held throughout the spring and summer months. This tour gives participants the opportunity to follow a local farm to fork chef as he chooses his ingredients, ending with watching the chef create a meal from said ingredients.
Farm tours will provide you with a unique insight into the farm to fork movement, and there are certainly plenty to choose from in the area. The Clowell Thundering Heard Ranch is just 30 minutes outside of the city, and is a family-run ranch that grows everything from oranges and limes to kumquats and plums, and even has their own tasting room. Double M Farms sells fruit and eggs throughout the year, and have aviaries with pheasants, quail and chukar, while Vierra Farms have a produce stand that runs until October.
Being the farm to fork capital of the country, it comes as no surprise that Sacramento hosts some fantastic food-related special events. The annual 2017 Farm to Fork Festival is coming up in September, and is a vibrant gathering place for local producers to showcase their goods. Legends of Wine is another event that you will not want to miss, as this brings together some of the best wines from the Sacramento region, along with artisan local cheese, fresh lamb sliders, and so much more. Restaurant Week is also coming up in September, and this event features a number of local restaurants who put together dedicated farm to fork menus, throughout the month.
Many would consider Sacramento to be paradise for foodies, as this region is so food-oriented. From picking your own produce at local farms to attending festivals and special events, make sure that you schedule in at least a few farm to fork activities when visiting Sacramento.