Sacramento may seem like a boring place to most people, but it has so much to offer. One of the best things about Sacramento is the farm-to-fork movement which has put Sacramento on the map as being an innovator and a showcase for utilizing the abundance of agriculture in the area.
The Sacramento Region offers a great climate for growing produce throughout the year and we are blessed with the restaurants putting our regional bounty on its menus. Farmer’s Markets and fruit stands are everywhere giving us the opportunity to buy fresh and local.
Living in this area we see our food being grown while traveling along the interstates and country roads. Tomatoes, nuts, rice, pears, sunflowers, grapes, olives, mandarins, apples, endive, figs, peaches, artichokes, and even hops; and that is just the short list, there is so much more.
There are no recipes today only photos from the 2016 Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival. Walking down the Capitol Mall on this sun filled Saturday was a foodies paradise with local food trucks, chef demos, samples, wine and beer tasting, and wonderful displays of local produce.
Take a walk with me and see agriculture at its best.
The Captiol Mall Farm-To-Fork Festival 2016
Midtown Sacramento signage
Bunches of carrots. Such a simple veggie that has so many uses.
Garlic and red onions always seem to go together.
Red Chard is great for, salads, sauteing, braising or eating raw.
Bogel Vineyard -truly one of my favorite wines from Clarksburg, California. http://www.boglewinery.com/. Clarksburg is an adventure itself. Located on the Sacramento River, Clarksburg is known for its laid back approach to wine and with its many award winning wines is worth a trip to this beautiful and historic area. http://www.clarksburgwinecountry.com/
Bees are essential in this area for all our fruit and nut trees. http://www.bullfrogbees.com/
The Nugget Markets always with stunning displays of their produce. https://www.nuggetmarket.com/
I love our Nugget Market in El Dorado Hills. https://www.nuggetmarket.com/locations/el-dorado-hills/
Chilies and peppers in all varieties, sweet, mild, medium and hot!
Raley’s Grocery Stores “Let’s begin” for Let’s begin to make food healthier and affordable. I love, love Raley’s.
We love our fresh fruit. http://highhand.com/highhand_v2/hh-history/
These photographs show California agriculture at its best. Please remember how blessed we are to have this food available to use all the time. Support your farmer’s market, and fruit stands. Also we all need to realize that our fruit and veggies do not have to look perfect and beautiful all the time. We as a nation throw away food just because of its appearance, with a few black spots or maybe where a bird took a taste from a pear. There are so many people that would gladly consume the foods we toss.
“FOOD IS ESSENTIAL FOR LIFE, THEREFORE, MAKE IT GOOD”
I credit my food photographer Bevyn Cassidy, who happens to be my daughter, for all these amazing photographs. Find her blog at http://bevyncassidy.tumblr.com/