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Tot Friendly Earth Day Celebrations. (Sacramento, CA)

Sacramento Children’s Earth Day Celebration
April 22, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
The Sacramento Children’s Museum, Sacramento
The Sacramento Children’s Museum is partnering with Assemblyman Ken Cooley to host the Children’s Earth Day Celebration. Attendees will enjoy interactive, Earth-friendly activities from event partners.
www.sackids.org

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Cesar Chavez Plaza, Sacramento
Celebrate Mother Earth this Wednesday. This great event will be filled with environmental education, live entertainment and a lot of fun.  Last year the annual Earth Day Celebration drew more than 6,000 participants from the Sacramento region including area schools, surrounding business patrons, and other members of the community. Thousands of other citizens were reached through the radio simulcast that occurred on Radio Disney and V101.1FM. Earth Day Celebration 2015 will be another opportunity for you to flex your “GREEN” muscle and make it the best celebration to date.  This community event will feature live entertainment from Bill Devon of Top Class Magic, The Science Wizard, and EarthCapades and interactive workshops on composting, recycling and tai chi. Remember to spare the air and ride RT to the free event.
Event Website

Display: California, Kids Let It Grow Event

April 22, 5:30-7:00 pm
3433 Broadway, Sacramento
Come see what this new Pop-Up retail playground that is exclusively catered to kids and kids at heart is all about! Let your child pot their own seed and learn all about GMO’s.  Then have them explore their inner imagination and shop for fashionable kids clothing, books, toys and other accessories along the way.
www.displaycalifornia.com/kids

West Sacramento Earth Day
April 25, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
West Sacramento City Hall, West Sacramento
The City of West Sacramento will be hosting a free family event that is both informative and fun for its Earth Day celebrations. The festivities take place at City Hall of West Sacramento and will include activities for kids and adults. There will be live music, food, and drinks as well. Important features that will be a part of this Earth Day celebration are the informative workshops showing rain barrels and composting techniques and student projects showcases their vision on the environment and the future.
www.cityofwestsacramento.org

 

March. Tot Friendly Food Festivals and Farming Events.

March is here and it’s time to start planning your 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

Pig Day

Photo Courtesy of Davis Farmer’s Market

Davis Pig Day

March 7, 2015, 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 21, 2015, 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 22, 2015
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/

February. Tot Friendly Food Festivals.

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It’s February in California which means one day is 70 degrees and amazing outside and the next day is pouring rain and cold.  Because of the changing weather there aren’t too many outdoor events this month.  We usually don’t plan our weekends until we have a solid idea of what it’s going to be like outside.  If the weather cooperates, make sure to take a look at this list of cool family festivals happening around our state.

Sacramento and Surrounding Areas

Almond Blossom Festival

When. February 20-22, 2015

Where.  Ripon, CA

The almond tree is one of the first trees to bloom each year.  This event is one of the first events around the state celebrating almonds. Activities include a run, parade, food, carnival, crafts and more.

Phone: (209) 599-7519

www.riponchamber.org

 

Capay Valley Almond Festival

When. February 22, 2015

Where. Events include the towns of Esparto, Capay, Brooks, Guinda and Rumsey, CA

A multi location event the festival celebrates the almond trees that dominate this region.  This event includes food, entertainment, crafts a car show and much more.

Phone: (530) 787-3242

www.espartoregionalchamber.com/almondfestival.aspx

Bar Area and Beyond

Cloverdale Citrus Fair

When. February 13-16, 2015

Time: Fri. noon–10 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Mon. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Where. Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds, 1 Citrus Fair Dr., Cloverdale, CA 

Each year the Citrus Fair is celebrated on President’s Day weekend.  The fair includes a carnival, wine competition, food, music, crafts and more.

Phone:  (707) 894-3992

www.cloverdalecitrusfair.org

Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook Off

When. February 21, 2015

Where. Santa Cruz, CA

$9 kit to sample 5 clam chowders.  Teams of chowder chefs come from all over the West Coast to compete for the prestigious award of “Best Clam Chowder.” Whip up your favorite recipe for red or white chowder or just come and sample the delicious variety of chowder and fun at the Boardwalk. Admission free.

beachboardwalk.com  

Farmstand Visit. Boa Vista Orchards. Apple Hill (Placerville, CA)

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Apple Hill is known for it’s fall season that runs from Labor Day through November.  The season dips for a week or two and then returns with excitement the day after Thanksgiving when eager families from Sacramento and surrounding areas come looking for the perfect Christmas tree.  Apple Hill often gets some early snow in the fall months making it a chilly excursion we keep returning for year after year.  My favorite time in Apple Hill comes after the busy months.  Winter is my favorite season when crowds have thinned out, parking becomes easier and my country buzz isn’t spoiled by throngs of tourists.  Most apple farms  are shuttered by this time and only my favorite remains.  Boa Vista Orchards.

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Boa Vista is open every day year round making it a destination for any season.  We use Boa Vista as a nice 20 minute drive to shake off our routine and get out of the city.  For Sacramento residents it’s about 45-60 minutes up Highway 50 towards South Lake Tahoe.  Apple Hill gets some snow occasionally, except usually is below chain control, so it’s the perfect stop for weary Tahoe travelers.  It’s only about a 2 minute departure from Highway 50 and offers restrooms, easy plentiful parking, picnic areas and lots of room to stretch out and take a break.

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Boa Vista is a family owned farm that features their own products along with those of neighboring farms and beyond.  Apples are available year round so my family can get our fill of the giant boxes we crave.  Because it’s a fully operational farm stand Boa Vista also offers baked goods, dairy products, frozen pies, juices, artisan sauces and marinades, local honey and more.

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I can do all my weekly shopping at Boa Vista in one easy stop.  Seasonal produce is available so summer months offer mouth-watering sweet peaches, cherries and more.  Each month offers a new surprise so we try to come throughout the year.  During the fall busy season Boa Vista features local artists and craftsmen and has a fully operational barbecue stand giving hungry visitors a variety of options.  During slower months and year round there is also food available at the bakery window inside the stand.  A wood burning stove is a cozy gathering spot on cold days to enjoy a warm beverage and your choice of apple baked goods.

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Today we got two 20 pound boxes of apples that were the BOGO (buy one get one) price of $14.99 making each box only$7.50 and that’s way cheaper than any of our surrounding grocery stores.  (Boa Vista Orchards does not feature organic produce except it is mostly local so for me it’s a partial win).  We also picked up Bosc pears, a pineapple, tomatoes, lemons and a big bag of oranges.  We also picked up some unpasteurized apple cider that was also a BOGO price of $7.99 making each gallon jug only $4.  These jugs are freezable so picking up one extra and throwing it in the freezer is easy and preserves the juice for another week or two.  There are more bottled juice options available outside the refrigerator area including apple, pear and more than I can list.  Just venture off to the deepest corner of the stand next to the refrigerators.

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I don’t usually buy frozen pies except this year my family picked one up for me for a post Thanksgiving party we were hosting.  The pies are often on sale for just $6.99 for the traditional apple pie variety and it baked up to make the most impressive homestyle apple pie I have had.  There are lots of interesting varieties so if you want to be able to take your Apple Hill bakery experience with you to replicate at home this is the place to make your purchase.

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Boa Vista is waiting for you to explore at 2952 Carson Rd., Placerville, CA 95667.  Reach them at 530.622.5522 or online at www.boavista.com