Sacramento Named “Farm-to-Fork” Capital
In an effort to foster community pride, celebrate regional farming, and to create further demand for the region as a culinary tourism destination, the Sacramento Region is laying claim to being “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.” Sacramento is positioned to claim this identity because no major city in America is more centrally located amid such a diverse range of high-quality farms, ranches and vineyards.
“This recognition as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital isn’t something that this region needs to grow into because we’ve been walking this walk for decades,” said Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. “It is part of who we are and this is our opportunity to embrace that identity, celebrate it locally, and champion it to the rest of the world.”
Sacramento is the capital city to the largest producing state of agriculture in the nation and, locally, 70 percent of the region’s land is agricultural, forest or other open space. Additionally, the region contains 7,000 to 8,000 acres of boutique farms and provides numerous public sales platforms at more than 50 regional farmers markets, many of which are year-round fixtures.
In fact, Sacramento is home to the largest “Certified Farmers’ Market” in California and offers the most ethnically diversified market in both produce offerings and customer demographics.
Local restaurants utilize the abundance of regionally-grown products to create a Farm-to-Fork freshness that’s unparalleled in this country. While many local farms ship their products across the country — a process that can take days — regional restaurants can pick up fresh product in the morning and serve it to patrons for lunch and dinner.
Sacramento has a strong Mission and Vision for the Farm-to-Fork Movement:
Mission: The mission of the farm-to-fork movement is to bring awareness to the Sacramento region’s local food production, consumption and sustainability as well as the contribution and exportation of sustainable products to the rest of the nation and world.
Farm-to-Fork Events are taking place all over the Sacramento Valley and surrounding regions to provide the community an opportunity to experience the wonderful produce that California offers. Check out these events that are taking place in the area in the near future for your chance to get the ultimate Farm-to-Fork experience.
Upcoming Local Farm-to-Fork Events:
Farm to Fork Dinner: Yuba County- Oregon House, August 3
Celebrating our region’s rich, diverse agricultural bounty, Sacramento has been dubbed the “Farm-to-Fork Capital of America.” No major city in America is more centrally located amid such a diverse range of high-quality farms, ranches, and vineyards.
Come and enjoy the brilliant five course dinner, made from locally-sourced ingredients, each course accompanied by appropriate wines from local winery Grant-Eddie Winery.
North Yuba Grown producers are inviting friends and neighbors to their farms, orchards, and vineyards for a series of six authentic Farm to Fork dinners featuring locally sourced food, wine, olive oil, and more.
PlacerGrown Goes to Town- Mulvaney’s B &L Sacramento, Aug 14
As part of the Know Your Farmer series, Mulvaney’s B&L welcomes the fine folks from Placer county, and their bounty, for a four-course, family style dinner. Enjoy a four-course family style farm fresh meal featuring PlacerGROWN farmers market meat, fruit, vegetables, and bread. A whole lamb from Dan Macon will be roasted.
Friday Uncorked: Grapes to Glass Class- Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op, Aug 24
With all the talk about Farm to Fork, what about Grape to Glass? Join Susan for a fun and informal evening of tasting and pairing—featuring wines from the Sacramento region and appetizers perfect for summer entertaining.
Note: students must be 21 and over to participate. This is not a cooking class.
The Farmer and the Chef- Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op, Aug 26
Join for dinner and conversation with the people behind our food. Meet some of your favorite local growers and enjoy a three-course meal created by chefs that highlight the farm’s produce. The farmers and the chefs will be on hand to discuss what it takes to put the menu together, from the soil to the plate. John and Gretchen Ceteras are famous for their tomatoes and citrus and will take a break from the tomato harvest to share stories of farming in the Capay Valley.
Farm-to-Fork Week Beings September 20th
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Ongoing Farm-to-Fork Events:
Gourmet on K Culinary Walking Tour-Downtown Sacramento, K Street
Tours available Wednesdays and Thursdays
Tour participants will be guided down Sacramento’s original main street exploring the beautiful architecture with many stories dating back to the mid 1800′s. K Street seeing an urban revitalization with more and more empty storefronts becoming filled with excellent foodie establishments along with some local dive bars that boast locally produced ingredients on their menus. Join our local culinary concierge as they share with their participants what’s “hot” on local farm to table cuisine by experiencing up to 6 different stops along “Downtown on The Kay”. The opportunity to meet and learn from some very local passionate chefs and restaurant owners, your culinary repertoire will expand in areas you only dreamed of.
Sierra Foothill Farm & Wine Tours-Newcastle, Saturdays and Sundays
This tour is fully guided by our specially-trained hosts who will delight you with stories and fun facts about the region and the methods used to coax Mother Nature to grow her bounty. Each participant will be treated to a gourmet lunch, along with complimentary water, tea, and juice. Each stop will allow shopping and filling our market bags, boxes and then some. Tour driver knows how to pack well and will assure your produce will be kept in safe storage bins until our tour experience comes to an end. Lunch is served al fresco style with a picnic setting. A chance to sit back, smell the farm fresh air and take in all its beauty all while devouring some fresh local meats, cheeses, produce and fruits in your 4 course lunch.
Click here for more a map of the listed Farm-to-Fork Events in the area and other upcoming events
Sources: farmtoforkcapital.com, local-food-tours.com