Daffodil Hill.

Daffodil Hill is a yearly tradition for many of my friends that live near us and I just haven’t caught the timing right to visit during the short season since we moved to El Dorado County. The season only lasts around a month, opening sometime in early March and usually closing towards the beginning of April. This year’s season was even shorter due to El Nino rainy weather.

I became obsessed with the ability to make the trek to see this brief performance of floral brilliance this year. I stalked Daffodil Hill using every form of social media, and found a day they were open from their Facebook page and we were available to go. When we got a brief break in the storms, that were coming in one after another, I grabbed some of our oldest friends and we set out for a fun day out in Amador County. The drive from El Dorado Hills takes about 1.5 hours and the roads aren’t for city folk. The country roads wind and dip through some of the most picturesque scenery around. Small towns, wine country and farmland keep tots noses pressed against the window for most of the drive.

The road to the farm is windy and the non-paved driveway becomes too dangerous for visitors during rainstorms and right after them so the farm closes frequently because of weather. Make sure to call or visit their Facebook page to make sure they are open to visitors because the trip to get there isn’t a short one.

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Weather permitting, Daffodil Hill is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking and admission are free; donations are welcome. A large picnic area is available with shaded picnic tables.  Pets are not allowed. Outhouse style restrooms are available.  No running water.


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Daffodil Hill is closed for the 2016 season.

Daffodil Hill is at 18310 Rams Horn Grade, Volcano, about 55 miles from Sacramento. Call 209-296-7048 for more information

Farm Tots Weekend.

Daffodil Hill

We have been trying to soak up the gorgeous weather we have been having this week by getting outside, going for hikes and playing tourist at some local farms. More rain is on the way this weekend so we are going to get out while we can and celebrate the start of little league and get some spring cleaning out of the way before break next week.

Here is what we are obsessing over this weekend.

How to get outside and where to go

Making this Sesame Soba and Ribboned Omelet Salad this weekend for lunches next week

Sneaking off to my favorite bakery for hot cross buns and coffee

Making these for National Oatmeal Cookie Day tomorrow

What to do with all the local asparagus I bought this morning

What are you up to this weekend?  Any farm finds or recipes you think we should try?  Leave us a comment and tell us what you think of Farm Tots!  We love hearing from our friends.

 

5 Places to Get Outside in Northern CA This Weekend. (Northern, CA)

Anyone else getting housebound with all this rain? We are not complaining. We just have to get out of here and fast. Here are some weekend ideas we are kicking around and wanted to share with all our Farm Tots friends here in Northern CA.

Full Belly Farm Tour-Full Belly Farm is a certified organic farm in the Capay Valley in northern California and this Saturday they are offering a public event with a farm tour. The tour starts at 11:00 am and guests can bring a picnic lunch to have at the farm after the tour.

Full Belly Farm
16090 County Road 43
Guinda, CA

Daffodil Hill-Each spring Daffodil Hill explodes with thousands of blooms, attracting visitors from around the world to this farm that is open to the public. Admission is free and the season only lasts for the daffodil season.

Daffodil Hill
18310 Rams Horn Grade
Volcano, California
Open daily 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Soil Born Farms Early Spring Plant Sale-Visit this community farm stand for their annual plant sale and fill your early spring garden with seasonal vegetables, flowers, medicinal and/ culinary herbs and edible perennials, including fruit trees.

Soil Born Farms
2140 Chase Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA
Open Saturday, March 19, 2016, 9:00am – 01:30pm

Picnic in Apple Hill-Bring a picnic and hit up Boa Vista. This year-round farmstand offers seasonal produce, bakery favorites, apple cider and more. Picnic tables are pletiful and there is space for tots to run around and have some fun. Take time to buy your weekly groceries and some car snacks for the way home like apple doughnuts and apple cider.

Boa Vista Orchards
2952 Carson Road
Placerville, CA
Open 8:00 am-5:30 pm daily

Folsom Farmer’s MarketThis outdoor market is held on Saturdays from 8:00 am-1:00 pm in Historic Folsom. More than 40 local vendors come out for this market that offers locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fresh eggs and dairy items, live music and so much more! Covered free public parking is available.

Folsom Farmer’s Market
Folsom, CA

Farm Tots Weekend.

El Nino has definitely come to visit our part of California this month. After a balmy February we have been getting daily drenchings of much needed rain. Our weekend plans got cancelled because of the incoming storm so we are getting some inside projects done instead like getting our spring plants for our garden and starting some summer seeds in our kitchen window.

For anyone that was planning on attending the Farm Fresh to you Capay Farm Tour this weekend like we were. It is cancelled. Another event is scheduled for next month.

Here are some other recipes we are trying and ideas we are obsessing over this weekend

We have a bowl full of mandarins that I want to turn into this Cranberry Mandarin Bread for warm gooey fireside snacks

These clogs that I made fun of my friend in Montana for last summer and now realize how they might just be the best transitional spring shoe out there and they are on sale

Trying to dodge the rain for a while to get to one of the farmstands that are open this month to get our weekly groceries

Getting ready for our Spring Break trip to San Francisco and finding all the activities for the crew of kids we are traveling with

Obsessing over where and how we can find ourselves a vacation cabin worthy of Cabin Porn

Picture is from our trip to Skinner Vineyards & Winery last month. Their wood burning fireplace outside is the best place to sip wine and visit with friends. Look for our review of tot-friendly winery trips later this month.

March Food Holidays.

Yogurt Ranch Dip

Have you noticed all the weird and wacky food holidays people seem to be celebrating these days? Maybe it’s the popularity of Instagram and Pinterest that have brought some of the more obscure food holidays to the forefront as food bloggers and moms scramble for content and meal ideas. I’m all for reasons to celebrate only some of the food holidays being celebrated across the Internet are just plain. Bad. For. You.

Around here we try to keep processed foods to a minimum and we definitely aren’t going to buy and eat a certain brand or food product just because it’s that food’s “special day.” What we do try to do is keep our weekly menus interesting, seasonal and fun. You can do that without falling victim to cheezy marketing ploys by food companies trying to sell you something you don’t need.

So this month as we celebrate all the awesome seasonal foods we can buy locally in California we definitely won’t be celebrating National Oreo Day or National Cake Pop Day. We are definitely going to get in on the fun for National Crunchy Taco Day, National Waffle Day and more. Stay with us as we share some of our favorite recipes this month for local, seasonal fruit and vegetables that are at their peak during early spring.

Pictured is our homemade Yogurt Ranch Dip we shared on our Instagram last summer. It’s one of our favorite after school snack recipes and works for tomorrow’s celebration of National Ranch Day.

March Food Celebrations

National Fresh Celery Month
National Noodle Month
National Flour Month
National Frozen Food Month
National Peanut Month
National Hot Cross Bun Day (Good Friday)
National Sauce Month

Daily Holidays

March 1
National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

March 2
National Banana Cream Pie Day

March 3
National Cold Cuts Day

March 4
National Poundcake Day

March 5
National Cheese Doodle Day

March 6
National Oreo Day

March 7
National Cereal Day

March 8
National Peanut Cluster Day

March 9
National Crab Day

March 10
National Ranch Dressing Day

March 11
National “Eat Your Noodles” Day

March 12
National Milky Way Day

March 13
National Chicken Noodle Soup Day

March 14
National Potato Chip Day

March 15
National Peanut Lovers’ Day

March 16
National Artichoke Heart Day

March 17
National “Eat Like an Irishman” Day

March 18
National Sloppy Joe Day

March 19
National Oatmeal Cookie Day

March 20
National Ravioli Day

March 21
National Crunchy Taco Day

March 22
National Water Day

March 23
National Chips and Dip Day

March 24
National Cake Pop Day

March 25
National International Waffle Day

March 26
National Nougat Day

March 27
National World Whisky Day

March 28
National Black Forest Cake Day

March 29
National Chiffon Cake Day

March 30
National Turkey Neck Soup Day

March 31
National Oysters on the Half Shell Day
National Clam Day

Farms and Farmstands To Visit March. (Northern, CA)

Davis Ranch

Farm season is starting and some farms and farmstands in Northern California are starting to open. Here is a list of some that we recommend.

  1. This list includes only farmstands that are open to the public and don’t require reservations.  Look for a list of farm visits by appointment in a future post.
  2. These are only farmstands that are open for business in March.
  3. We didn’t include produce stores, just traditional stands.
  4. In the next month or two this list is going to get much longer so stick with us.  For now, try to visit a  farmstand you haven’t tried yet.
  5. Some local farmstands don’t just feature their own produce, they source selections from around the state and beyond.  If you are trying to just eat organic or just local (or both) make sure to ask questions and choose carefully.  I still like buying my produce from a farmstand instead of a big grocery store, even if it’s not all local.

El Dorado County

Boa Vista Orchards (Farmstand)
Open Daily
2952 Carson Road
Placerville, CA
www.boavista.com

Placer County

Ikeda’s California Country Market (Produce Stand)
Open Daily
13500 Lincoln Way
Auburn, CA
www.ikedas.com

Otow Orchard (Farmstand)

Tue-Thu 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and Fri-Sun 10:00 am to 6:00 pm 6232 Eureka Road
Granite Bay, CA
www.otoworchard.com
Sacramento County
Davis Ranch (Farmstand)
Open Daily
13211 Jackson Road
Sloughhouse, CA
www.davisranchproduce.com

Kingbird Farms (Farmstand CSA)
Digital Farmstand, Order Between Monday-Thursday On Website, Pick Up Friday afternoon-Saturday
8869 Orr Road
Galt, CA
www.kingbirdfarms.com

Yolo County

Full Belly Farm (Farmstand)
Open Fridays from 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
16090 County Road 43
Guinida, CA
www.fullbellyfarm.com

Ikeda’s California Country Market (Produce Stand)
Open Daily
26295 Mace Blvd.
Davis, CA
www.ikedas.com

Loving Nature Farm (Farmstand CSA)
Open Daily
38883 Z Line Road
Clarksburg, CA
www.lovingnaturefarm.com

Pedrick Produce (Produce Stand)
6850 Sievers Road
Dixon, CA
no website

Yolo Fruit Stand (Produce Stand)
Open Daily
46710 County Road 32B
Davis, CA
no website

Don’t see your favorite farmstand on our list? It could be closed this time of year or maybe it slipped by us! Leave us a comment if you want to see a farmstand added to our list. We love hearing from you.

Ag Day 2016. (Sacramento, CA)

Ag Day 2016 is coming to Sacramento next week! On Wednesday, March 16 ag exhibitors from around California are going to set up booths and demonstrations at the California State Capitol. The event is open to everyone and is free to attend.

Exhibitors last year included

Ag in the ClassroomAlmond BoardCal ExpoCalifornia Agricultural Commissioners & Sealers AssociationCalifornia Alpaca BreedersCalifornia Cattlemen’s AssociationCalifornia Department of Food and AgricultureCalifornia Farm Bureau FederationCalifornia Grown CampaignCalifornia Invasive Plant CouncilCalifornia Milk Advisory BoardCalifornia Pork Producers AssociationCalifornia Poultry FederationCalifornia Rice CommissionCalifornia School Garden NetworkCalifornia State Beekeepers AssociationCalifornia State Floral AssociationCalifornia State GrangeCalifornia Strawberry CommissionCalifornia Thoroughbred Breeders AssociationCalifornia Walnut CommissionCalifornia Women for AgricultureCalifornia Wool Growers AssociationDairy Council of CaliforniaFFA & 4-HThe Forest FoundationFlying U RodeosFresh ProducersPacific Gas & ElectricU.C. Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental SciencesUSDA – Natural Resources Conservation ServiceWagons WestWestern Fairs Association

Come join us as we celebrate agriculture!

Ag Day 2016
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
10:30 am to 11:30 am – Elected Officials & Staff Tour Booths
11:30 am to 1:30 pm – Open to the Public
Stage Program Begins at Noon

March in California. Tot Friendly Food Festivals and Events.

March is here! After a break over the winter we are back and it’s time to start planning for weekend tot friendly family activities. There aren’t many events yet, since weather is changeable this time of year, so make sure to plan early for the events that are happening in our area. If there isn’t any events that your family can attend make sure to get out and support your local farmer’s market or farmstand.

 

Sacramento and Surrounding Area

Davis Pig Day

March 5, 2016, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fourth and C streets in Davis, CA
Pig Day, celebrating all things pork at the Davis Farmer’s Market along with celebrating local agriculture, local farmers and local foods. Bring your appetites for individually priced items from vendors, including breakfast sammies (with bacon or pulled pork), pigs-in-a-blanket, pork fried rice with vegetables, pork ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, piggy pops (French bread on a stick shaped like a pig’s head), pig cookies and bacon-flavored “frozen confections.”
A petting zoo of piglets and other children’s activities will be on site, as well.
http://www.davisfarmersmarket.org

Soil Born Farms Early Spring Plant Sale

March 19, 2016, 9:00am – 01:30pm
Sacramento, CA
Fill your early spring garden with seasonal vegetables, flowers, medicinal and/ culinary herbs and edible perennials, including fruit trees.
www.soilbornfarms.com

Bay Area and Beyond

Petaluma Artisan Cheese Festival Cheese Tasting and Marketplace
March 20, 2016
Petaluma, CA
The last day of the Petaluma Artisan Cheese Festival and one the tots can participate in. A day under the big top for an afternoon like no other! Meet over 90 artisan producers and experience the best of local cheese, wine, beer, ciders and other specialty foods. Discover the next wave of interesting cheese accompaniments, cheesemaking products and books. Pick up new recipes, tips and tricks at chef demos scheduled throughout the day. Bring your pocketbook as there will be an opportunity to purchase your favorite cheeses and artisan products. Your ticket includes admission, access to chef demos and author book signings, the coveted Artisan Cheese Festival insulated cheese tote bag and a festival wine glass. $45 per person, $20 for kids 12 and under.
http://artisancheesefestival.com/