Family Friendly Farm-to-Fork Happenings

Last year, Sacramento was named America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital – a well-deserved designation, as the Sacramento area has been supporting and consuming fresh, locally grown food for years.  Now that it’s official, just about everyone has enthusiastically jumped on board to participate in and celebrate Sacramento’s inaugural Farm-to-Fork Week, September 22-28, 2013.  While there are literally dozens and dozens of events and activities happening all month-long, we have highlighted the more family friendly events below.  However, you can find the complete list of activities and events here.

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Grow Your Groceries at Soil Born Farms – Soil Born Farms’ Grow Your Groceries is a beginning farmer training program designed to provide knowledge and hands-on experience to the aspiring urban grower. The instructors are experienced masters of organic agriculture and experts in farm entrepreneurship. Through classes, hands-on field days, and farm tours, this course will educate the aspiring urban farmer and the inspired home, community, or school gardener on best practices for growing abundant produce in small spaces.  9/7-9/11

Farm-to-Fork Train –  Guests will get to taste local food expertly prepared, see the farmland from the train, and tour a gorgeous local farm.  You will ride the train to Peabody Ranch and de-board there for appetizers and local wine. Guests will get a tour of Suzanne’s lovely farm and learn about the Farm to Fork movement from her perspective. After, you will get back on the train for a longer ride, while a three-course dinner with wine pairings is served.  9/21

All food is prepared by the excellent Chef Gabriel Glasier from Maranello Bar and Kitchen in Fair Oaks, with produce from local sources including Del Rio Botanical and Produce Express. The train heads back to West Sacramento and pauses at Peabody one last time where one-bite, pastry-style desserts are served on an elegant buffet table.

Sacramento Cattle Drive – Farm-to-Fork week will kick off September 23rd at 10:00am with a cattle drive from West Sacramento across the Tower Bridge and right down Capitol Mall toward the Capitol.  Bring the family out to witness this special event.  9/23

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Demonstration Gardens Tour at the Sacramento Food Bank – In mid-2012 Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services unveiled a Demonstration Garden where families can learn how to grow produce for their family. In just one year, hundreds of individuals from seniors to children have taken courses on composting, container gardening, seasonal produce, and starting a backyard garden. The Garden also produces a small amount of fruits and vegetables distributed in the community at local food distributions.  Please join to tour the Garden and learn about the courses offered in our community. A tour of all six of SFBFS’ programs will be provided by President/CEO Blake Young.  9/26

Farm-to-Fork Festival –  The inaugural Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival will be held from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, on Capitol Mall between Third and Seventh streets.

The free festival – the largest zero-waste event in the country – will feature a selection of everything Sacramento has to offer in farm-to-fork eating. From local chefs, farmers and other food producers to food trucks, animal displays, a kids’ zone and live music, festivalgoers can expect to learn about food from its source to the plate.  All of that will be accompanied by food demonstrations, live music, a beer garden and a wine pavilion.  9/28

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Sunday Funday in the Garden at Arden Hills – In celebration of Farm-to-Fork Week, it’s time for kids to really dig in to learn about the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables in the garden. Kids should dress appropriately (tennis shoes required) for this “Sunday Funday” special activity where they will have the opportunity to learn more about where our food comes from and why fresh is best. Parents are welcome to stay to watch the hands-on activity or leave their children in the care of certified Kid’s Korner staff while they enjoy a spa service or nice brunch at Olive Branch Restaurant (costs not included in the price for Sunday Funday).  9/29

Hoes Down Harvest Festival – In its 26th year at Full Belly Farm, the Hoes Down Harvest Festival offers educational farm tours, a magical children’s area, hands-on workshops, farm products, craft vendors, a silent auction, and an abundance of organic food, live music, and good times.  10/5-10/6

Pick Me!  Food Crate exhibit at the California State Railroad Museum – The third and final phase of visually powerful fruit crate art will be showcased in an exhibit titled Pick Me! A Bumper Crop of the Pacific Coast. This popular exhibit includes selections from the entire U.S. Pacific Coast. For example, colorful labels showcasing Washington cherries and Oregon apples join the ranks of California oranges and asparagus that serve to entertain and amaze visitors.

Through this continuing vibrant exhibit, guests will gain an appreciation for an early art form that featured beautifully bold imagery, learn how fresh produce was kept cool during transport before refrigerated cars, and discover why the railroad was the key to the early success of the agriculture industry on the West Coast.  Additionally, you will also have the hands-on opportunity to create your own labels using magnetic cut-outs of typical design elements, so bring a camera to capture your creations. Museum guests of all ages and interests are sure to enjoy the final phase of the popular Pick Me! exhibit.  Now thru April, 2014.

Click here for a list of Sacramento area farmers markets.

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