Davis Developer Builds Farm to Fork Community: It’s gonna taste great to live there!

March 25, 2015 in Farm to Home, Featured Story, Front Page Post, healthy living, Northern California, Sacramento Farm to Fork, Taryn Smith

In what we hope will become the next big building trend for California, Davis has embarked upon an ambitious project that’s being called the first “farm to fork community” of its kind.

On 100 acres, where a tomato processing plant once stood, “The Cannery” will hold a diverse array of 550 homes alongside a real working farm complete with a barn house.  The homes will range from 500 square foot flats, lofts, cottages, bungalows, condos, to 3,500 square foot single family homes, and every home site will feature a fruit or nut tree in the yard.  The farm will be fully functioning and they plan to have pop up farm stands where residents can purchase farm fresh goods being produced there, and will possibly be able to volunteer their time to learn valuable farm skills, but it won’t be the sort of community garden where residents can come and take what they need in free for all fashion.

Exotic Fruits in Morro Bay, California

March 19, 2015 in Farm, Featured Story, Food, Front Page Post, Southern California, Taryn Smith

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 12.56.36 PMYou may not have heard of Shanley Farms, but if you’re a Whole Foods shopper, chances are you’ve seen or even tasted a rich, delicious Morro Bay avocado, one of Shanley Farms’ specialties.

Situated in San Luis Obispo, this artisan family farm has a great story and even better lineup of exotic fruits.  Finger limes (pictured at left, this Australian citrus fruit was never before seen on U.S. soil until Jim Shanley started cultivating them), avocados, kiwis and California grown coffee plants round out their offerings.

California Grown Coffee… Brew your very own farm to cup story!

March 17, 2015 in Farm to Home, Featured Story, Front Page Post, Planting Now, Southern California, Taryn Smith

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Calling all coffee aficionados and lovers of all things farm to table, prepare to fall in love!  We’ve just stumbled upon this fabulous find of coffee tree growers near Santa Barbara, California, who grow, sell and educate others on how to grow their very own coffee trees in their very own homes.  They make gorgeous little house plants, and in 3 or so years will yield some great tasting coffee berries that you can roast and brew in your own kitchen.  (This may sound complicated, but I’ve even seen instructions on how to roast your own coffee beans in an airpop popcorn popper!)

The Food Literacy Center Presents the Farm to Fork Film Festival in Sacramento

March 4, 2015 in Featured Story, Food, Front Page Post, Local Restaurants, Northern California, Sacramento Farm to Fork, Taryn Smith

Get ready to celebrate food, food and more food at the third annual Sacramento Food Film Festival!  Created in 2012 by the Food Literacy Center, the festival highlights the best in films dedicated to the local food movement, while showcasing local restaurants and food vendors at various locations throughout Sacramento.

According to the Food Literacy Center’s site:

“Pig Day” in Davis, California, March 7, 2015

March 2, 2015 in Agritourism, Eating, Farm, Farmer's Market listing, Featured Story, Food, Front Page Post, Northern California, Northern California Farmers Markets, Pastured Meat, Sacramento Farm to Fork, Taryn Smith

The Davis Farmers Market has been credited for creating the Farm to Fork movement in Sacramento, and it even boasts its very own cookbook.  So its no surprise that one might find in Davis plenty of authentic farm to fork goodness, including unique ways to celebrate the local food movement.

One of its most fun and lighthearted offerings is its upcoming Pig Day – a day to highlight the humble hog and eat plenty of pork! The event’s creators say they honor the pig as an intelligent and useful domestic animal, and claim that there is no other celebration quite like this one in all of California.  If you’re near the Sacramento/Davis region, and especially if you love bacon, this is a day you don’t want to miss!

Blue Bottle coffee: now in Tokyo – SFGate

February 5, 2015 in Featured Story, Front Page Post, Northern California, Taryn Smith

In the “how cool is that?!!” category (note to webmaster – er, self – we need a “how cool is that?!!” category), Oakland’s very own Blue Bottle Coffee is opening its first ever overseas branch in Tokyo Friday (that’s tomorrow!), February 6, 2015!

What a great farm to table success story!

A Unique Valentine’s Gift – Seasonal Dinner with Your Farmer

January 29, 2015 in Farm, Featured Restaurant, Featured Story, Front Page Post, Northern California, Sacramento Farm to Fork, Taryn Smith

Coming to The Grange at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento on March 1, Farm Fresh to You is hosting a 4-course farm fresh dinner with wine, beer, and mingling with farmer Thaddeus Barsotti and acclaimed Chef Oliver Ridgeway!  Tickets are $95 each and dinner starts at 6pm.  This is a farm dinner you won’t want to miss!

A Unique Valentine’s Gift – Seasonal Dinner with Your Farmer.

World Ag Expo 2015 Coming to Tulare February10-12

January 26, 2015 in Agritourism, Farm, Featured Story, Front Page Post, Northern California, Taryn Smith

Next month marks the annual World Ag Expo, which will take place in Tulare, California.  The Expo will feature numerous tours of the region’s dairies, wineries, farms, and citrus groves.  They are also introducing guided educational farm tours for high school students.  The expo features 1,500 exhibitors on 2.6 million square feet of exhibition space – it’s going to be huge!  If you are in the ag business you likely already have your tickets.  For those of you who may just happen to be agriculturally curious, this is the place to see the newest in agricultural products, equipment and technology.

Show attractions include a Fresno wine tour, a Visalia Dairy Tour, a Citrus Tour through three locations in the San Joaquin Valley, a Kingsboro Wine Tour, a Dairy and Feed Mill Tour, and a Historic Exeter Tour.  On Thursday, February 12, a catered Farmer’s Lunch in the VIP Tent will feature keynote speaker and former California Secretary of Agriculture AG Kawamura.

Weekend round up for Farm-to-Fork Sacramento

January 23, 2015 in Agritourism, Featured Story, Food, Front Page Post, Northern California, Sacramento Farm to Fork, Taryn Smith

Here in the center of our fine agricultural state we are pretty darn spoiled when it comes to farm fresh foods.  In fact, my husband and I have contemplated moving to other parts of the state and even other parts of the country and the first thing I think of is “where will I grocery shop???”  Here in Sacramento I can visit the farmer’s market year round without having to drive very far, enjoy CSA produce delivered to my doorstep, and I can even get local meat and dairy products at the Coop, Nugget or Whole Foods.  I know there are plenty of other locations that don’t enjoy such luxuries!

But enough bragging.