Head to the Country this Weekend for Tours of Local Farms at the PlacerGROWN Farm and Barn Tour this Sunday, October 8

Sacramento is known as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. Why? Because we are literally surrounded by agriculture – farms, ranches, vineyards and orchards abound in just about every direction. There is no excuse for not enjoying local, sustainable produce and meats. If you missed our Farm-to-Fork celebration a few weeks back, or you just want to see what happens behind the scenes at these farms and ranches, then check out the farm tour this weekend in Placer County.

This Sunday, October 8 from 11am-4pm in rural Placer County, join locals at the PlacerGROWN Farm and Barn Tour.

Families are welcome on this self-guided tour of local ranches, farms and vineyards. Each farm will feature different tours and activities for the family.  Locally produced food and drinks will be available for tasting and purchase, along with kid friendly activities, tours and entertainment.

WHAT: PlacerGROWN Farm & Barn Tour

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, 11 am to 4 pm

WHERE: Placer County farms, ranches and orchards

ADMISSION: FREE, however you’ll want to register your car here in exchange for a schedule of farms and activities.

Some of the PARTICIPATING FARMS include:

Alpacas All Around located at 4300 Horseshoe Bar Road in Loomis. Take a tour and learn all about Alpacas – definitely a favorite among the kids!

Coffee Pit Ranch at 4225 Karchner Road in Sheridan. Enjoy food, farm tours, live music and kids activities on the ranch.

Apple Orchard at Appile Hill

Highland Orchard located at 2170 Aguilar Road in Penryn. Take a tour of the mandarin farm, learn about Citrus planting 101, have some lunch and pick up plenty of mandarin options – jelly, jams, sauces and more!

Little Bear Tree Farm at 960 Meadow Road in Alta. Farm tours, kid’s activities, hiking trails, gold panning, animals and more. This is a great spot for the kids.

Goat House Brewing located at 600 Wise Road in Lincoln. Adults can enjoy handcrafted ales and walk the hop fields where the ingredients are grown. Kids can check out the goats and play games at the picnic tables.  Smoker’s Wild BBQ food truck will be on site for any lunch needs.

Rickey Ranch Pumpkin Patch at 6918 Cavitt Stallman Road in Granite Bay will be Halloween ready for the kids! Pumpkin patch, haunted house, hay rides and pony rides.  Perfect for the fall holiday.

For a complete list of the farms participating, visit the website and register your car. You’ll then be emailed the list.


  • Wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to walk on a farm.
  • Bring sunscreen. Weather forecast is showing that it will be heating up this weekend. Be prepared for a day outside and be sure to stay protected from the sun.
  • Map your trip. Choose the destinations you would like to visit, and plan accordingly.
  • Drive careful on the country roads – the roads may be narrow and windy and may have more than usual traffic due to the event.
  • Go with a curious mind, a desire to learn about the farms and have fun!

By Heather Crivellonehere the ingredients are grown, and experience the art of beer making



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