July Tot Friendly Food Festivals.

July is full of family-friendly food events and activities. We have included a list of our favorite tot-friendly choices. Get out and explore California and all the food events celebrating our local farm favorites.

Sacramento and Surrounding Areas

California State Fair
Sacramento, California
July 10-26
The 17-day fair is a robust celebration of the State of California, its industries, agriculture and diversity of its people. Among the highlights are concerts, wine garden, midway rides, demonstration farm (with most crops grown in the state), livestock pavilion, fine arts competition, harness racing, and nightly fireworks. Tastes of the fair include exotic foods from around the world, plenty of healthy & nutritious options, as well as many deep-fried foods: zucchini, Twinkies, funnel cake, chicken, avacado, cheesecake, and more.

Davis Ranch Corn Festival
13211 Jackson Road
Sloughhouse, CA
July 11th & 12th
Featuring local craft artists, pony rides, live music, food vendors, bounce houses, tractor rides and Sloughhouse Sweet Corn. Free admission and Parking.

Marysville Peach Fest
Marysville, California
July 17-18
The 16th Annual Marysville Peach Festival is going to be an exciting event with a wide variety of new and returning craft vendors, food vendors cooking for every taste bud, several delicious choices of peach related foods, and great entertainment for all ages.

Sacratomato Festival
Sacramento, CA
July 25
A family-friendly festival will take place outside on the grounds of Sutter’s Fort SHP. The free Sacratomato Festival will include lots to see and do, such as the following: an on-stage salsa making competition presented by Centro Cocina Mexicana, a tomato tasting garden, lawn games, a hands-on “Tomato Patch” area for kids – with face painting, balloon creations and a grow-your-own tomato activity – tasty foods for sampling and/or sale by Midtown restaurants and bars, cooking demonstrations by the area’s top chefs, Midtown Farmers Market vendors and entertaining live music.

Courtland Pear Fair
Courtland, CA
July 26,
Activities at the festival include vendors, arts and crafts, bands, entertainment, a classic car show, fun run, wine tasting and youth duck calling. At the Classic Car Show guests can ooh- and ahh- over (pre-1973) street rods, muscle cars and classics, plus vintage tractors and steam engines.

Bay Area and Beyond

Gilroy Garlic Festival
Gilroy, CAJuly 24-26
Featuring food, beverages, arts & crafts and live entertainment. The event includes three popular cooking competitions, presenting 60 live concerts, and serving a critically-acclaimed cuisine enhanced with over two tons of fresh California garlic.

Are we missing something? If you know of family farming or food events that we haven’t listed let us know! We love hearing from you!

Farmer’s Market. Midtown Farmer’s Market (Sacramento, CA)

The town where we are doesn’t have a year-round farmer’s market. That being said, we sort of like the challenge of finding new and interesting farmer’s markets during the months that ours isn’t going. Recently, we got invited to come see what the Midtown Farmer’s Market was all about in Sacramento. We jumped at the opportunity after hearing friends raving about the regionally curated market.

The market is held in a corridor of midtown flanked by uber cute new eateries and boutiques. I love this stretch of Sac with it’s twinkly lights strung though the trees and adjoining patios that create a downtown area that’s livable and safe for families with tots. It’s not a large size market. It’s just big enogh to get in and get out with what you need or stroll slowly and make a morning out of it.

What we loved most about this market was it’s nod to families with kids. In the center of the market there is a complete tot land with astro turf grass, bouncy toys, food theme placemets to color and child-sized chairs with umbrellas. We had to pry our two shoppers out of there when it was time to leave and we ended up spending much longer than we anticipated just because we actually got the chance to. Breath.

My Husband might have even been caught lounging in a chair, coffee in hand smiling from ear to ear laughing and joking. (If you know a Capitol employee during the summer you know how rare this behavior can be).

There was a waffle man selling right out of a vintage cherry red volkswagon van just like my in laws had in the 70’s and the most amazing gluten free baked goods from Davis. There were farm style flowers and mushrooms. There was fresh lemonade and chimichurri. This market had every flavor imaginable and we were digging it.

The Midtown Farmers Market is located on 20th Street, b/t J & K Streets in Midtown Sacramento. Parking is available for market patrons at 2020 J Street, adjacent to the market.

Free bike valet is a feature component of the Midtown Farmers Market, run by Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA). Bike valet will located every Saturday at the Market.

Once in a Blue Moon Berries (El Dorado Hills, CA)

When we first moved to the foothills four years ago we saw signs around town for a you-pick organic blueberry farm in El Dorado Hills. We had to visit. We gathered some friends and headed for Once in a Blue Moon Berries. We had two tots under one at the time and two that were just two years old. When we arrived we were immediately transported into a quaint throwback to a different time. A place where neighbors gather to chat and work the land together. The welcoming nature of this farm beckons local residents and visitors alike.

That first year, we pushed Bob joggers up and down the rocky paths in between blueberry bushes and collected as many blueberries as we could. While our two year-olds ate more than their combined weight in blueberries. We hadn’t picked blueberries before so just seeing the plants was a wondrous new experience and we all were enthralled immediately.

One of my favorite aspects of this farm is that the owners, Mike and Janet Suttles, work the you-pick farmstand themselves along with their extended family. The owners are known to follow along with pickers, encouraging them to eat berries and experience different varieties. We learned about the different berries and terroir and how different variables affect berry production and taste. We learned about the growing season and the history of the property and the family who has turned their home into a successful organic farm.

Sand pail buckets provided by the farm cost $20 when full. The farm is on a five acre parcel of land off Green Valley Rd. It is easily found following the signs that direct visitors from main roads. The drive is just down a short dirt road and a quick turn in front of the farm provides dirt lot parking for cars. There are no restroom facilities. There is a shaded area with a table where families can relax and rehydrate after picking.

The blueberry season here is only 3-4 weeks long so now that the berries are ready for picking planning a trip should be a priority. With recent weather changes the season is later than usual and owners don’t know from year to year just how the season is going to go. My oldest tot visited yesterday and got the fattest juiciest berries I have seen so it’s definitely blueberry season in El Dorado Hills.

Once in a Blue Moon Berries is located at 1820 Arroyo Vista Way in El Dorado Hills. The farm is open every other day for now from 9 am to 3 pm and by special appointment. For more information call (916) 600-8962 or visit

May Tot Friendly Food Festivals and Events.

School is almost out. It’s May and if you are anything like us you are scrambling trying to find activities for your tots this summer. Here is our recommended list of family friendly food festivals and events to round out this month. Thinking about traveling to a far off event and need tot friendly accomodation suggestions? Just leave a comment! We are all about easy travel with our two active tots and have lots of suggestions.

Sacramento and Surrounding Areas

Farms Friends and Fairytales

May 16
Fairytale Town, Sacramento, CA
Join Fairytale Town for a fun-filled celebration of farm animals and agriculture! At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. watch Fairytale Town’s Babydoll sheep get sheared and the wool spun into yarn using an old fashioned spinning wheel. Plus, participate in agriculture-themed hands-on activities, and visit with local area farms and organizations.

20th Annual Galt Strawberry Festival
May 16-17
Galt, CA
The Festival has become a destination throughout Northern California and the pride of Galt. The event includes food booths, a car show and carnival.

A Day on the Farm
May 17
Soil Born Farm, Rancho Cordova, CA
Purchase fresh from the field, organically grown vegetables & fruit at the event and participate in cooking classes and workshops, farm tours and more.

Bay Area and Beyond

Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras
May 23-24
Morgan Hill, CA
The two-day festival of family fun includes live entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts, gourmet offerings, mushroom education, strolling musicians, street performers, and several city blocks of unique booths. For children, Munchkinland captivates kids with rides, games and continuous entertainment. Mushrooms, the region’s predominant local crop, are the stars of the festival with opportunities for guests to taste fresh, locally grown mushrooms and learn about their important health benefits.

56th Annual Artichoke Food and Wine Festival
May 30-31
Castroville, California
Agro Art Competition, Parade, Live Music, Children’s Activities. Artichokes fried, sautéed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh and creamed in soup. Cooking Demos, Wine Tasting, Farmer’s Market, Arts & Crafts, Field Tours to the artichoke patch.

Are we missing something? If you know of family farming or food events that we haven’t listed let us know! We love hearing from you!

Farmstands and Farms Open This Month. May.

This month farmstands and farms are slowly opening around our area. Here is a list of open farmstands and farms this month in the Sacramento and surrounding areas. We are going to be adding more as they open so keep checking back to see the latest.

  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 farmstands and farms that are open for business in May.
  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

South Fork Farm (Farmstead)
941 Cold Springs Rd.
Placerville, CA

Placer County

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

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

Sacramento County

Davis Ranch (Farmstand)
Open Daily
13211 Jackson Road
Sloughhouse, CA

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

Soil Born Farms
Open Saturdays 8:00 am-12:00 pm
3000 Hurley Way
Sacramento, CA

The Farmer’s wife
5701 Winding Way
Carmichael, CA
No Website

Yolo County

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

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

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

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

All Counties in the Sacramento Surrounding Areas

Strawberry Stands All Counties (Farmstands)

A Google Map was created to find strawberry stands throughout the Sacramento region and surrounding areas. I found the stand in our neighborhood. Can you find yours?

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.

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.

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.

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.


Giveaway. DISPLAY: Kids Let it Grow Event and $25 Gift Card (Sacramento, CA)

One of the best parts of getting out in the community and getting more involved in the farm to fork movement in California is meeting amazingly talented people on a regular basis.  Recently I was introduced to a new popup store in Sac by one of it’s co-founders, Roshaun Davis.  This is when I discovered DISPLAY: Kids for myself.

DISPLAY: Kids is the latest popup experience in a 850 sq ft storefront in Oak Park’s Triangle District called DISPLAY: California   Every 1-2 months the location rotates retail experiences.  Focusing on designers and retail opportunities that are unattainable to most of us in Sac.  Until now.

DISPLAY: Kids is like my urban cool kid dreams all wrapped into a bright space with all the trimmings.  The thought put behind everything is apparant and refreshing.  Walking in the store the relaxed and friendly vibe was completely welcoming and instantly addicting.  I brought along a friend and my youngest tot and both were as mesmerized as I was.

The idea of having a retail space with wall to wall merchandise that is curated with such perfection is so amazing I might just move in.  In addition to a cool shopping experience to outfit tots, the space has collected the most gorgeous grouping of jewelry, and gifts that parents might actually forget this is a kids store.

If you do forget about your tots for a second.  Not to worry.  They are probably wrapped up in the adorable art tables with materials I haven’t seen before, stickers, stamps and everything to keep them busy and happy for at least the ten minutes moms need to try on jewelry and shop for themelves.  Or their kids.  I mean that’s what this is all about right?  The kids?  Or is it a genius concept to actually offer kids fashion alongside some options for parents since we do spend most of our time and fashion budget as parents on our children.  Am I right?

Want to see more?  Join DISPLAY: Kids next Wednesday evening as they celebrate Earth Day and the local farm to fork movement with their Let it Grow event.  Let it Grow is open to the public and offers kids the chance to plant seeds in a pot to take home and learn about GMOs while parents have the opportunity to browse and shop.

Farm Tots is giving away free tickets for one family to attend Let it Grow and a $25 gift card to the store.  Enter to win here.  If you don’t win.  You can buy tickets here.

April. Tot Friendly Food and Farming Events.

It’s April.  The weather is changing and family events are filling up our weekends.  Here is a listing of what is coming up this month is Sac and our surrounding areas.  Most of these events are free or low-cost and benefit our community as a whole.

Festival For Kids
April 11-12
Cal Expo, Sacramento
The Festival for Kids will encompass eight buildings at Cal Expo and will be jam-packed with activities for kids and parents. This event will feature some of America’s favorite cartoon characters. Sponge Bob and Dora the Explorer will be on hand so kids can have a souvenir picture with their favorite character.  There is also going to be a whole building dedicated to our favorite furry friends.

Asparagus Festival
April 17-19
San Joaquin Valley Fairgrounds, Stockton
Entertainment, arts, crafts, cooking demonstrations, and children’s’ play area all celebrating asparagus. The festival includes performances and a carnival. The food favorite is deep-fried asparagus.

Picnic Day at UC Davis
April 18
UC Davis Campus, Davis
This family friendly event is free for all to come and experience the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis and the surrounding community in the areas of research, teaching, service and campus life. More than 200 events will take place throughout campus and will include exhibits, shows, competitions, demonstrations, entertainment, animal and athletic events, Student Organization Fair, Multicultural Children’s Fair, Parade and much more.  The event has many ag related booths and activities.

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration
April 19
Southside Park, Sacramento
The Sacramento celebration of the 46th annual Earth Day will be filled with diverse business, non-profit, cultural, and government vendors with practical information, goods and services for saving money, living healthier, and protecting the environment. There will also be great entertainment, activities, and cuisine.

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.

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.


Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival

April 11-12, 10 am – 5 pm
Westshore Rd., Bodega Bay
Weekend is packed with music, food, and entertainment with the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet as a highlight. Food booths have something for every pallet from lamb to oyster barbeque. A favorite attraction is the wine tasting booth featuring more than 25 Sonoma County wines. Live music and entertainers perform on the band stage both Saturday and Sunday. Great venue for kids, with a play area with face painting, games, spin paintings, free kite lessons, pony rides, and, llamas on parade. 80 artisan and vendor booths offer wide selection of arts and crafts.

California Nut Festival

April 18
The vibrant and entertaining one-day festival pays tribute to Chico’s rich agricultural heritage with a bounty of farm-fresh food sampling, cooking demonstrations, live music on two stages, an art show and, of course, lots of sampling of wonderful delights, wine and beer!  Proceeds benefit the Historic Patrick Ranch Museum, a restored mansion and working farm managed by the Far West Heritage Association.

Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival
April 18-19
Ives Park (on Jewell Ave. and Willow St.) and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts at the Veterans Memorial Building, 282 High St., Sebastopol
The apple is the star of the show and is featured in a parade, arts, crafts, and food. You will also find children’s’ activities, historical and horticultural displays, beer and wine sampling.  There are children’s activities celebrating the farm and a free animal area including geese, ducks and chicks.  There are other activities ranging from mechanical bull rides to zip lines, tea cup rides, water race games, a train station, Jr. Jurassic Adventure and more!

Butter and Egg Days
April 25
Petaluma, CA
The town celebrates their agricultural ties with the dairy and poultry in this annual event in Petaluma. The affair includes a parade, cheese tasting, kids’ in chicken costumes, and the Cutest Chick in Town contest.

Are we missing something?  If you know of family farming or food events that we haven’t listed let us know!  We love hearing from you!




Farm Visit. Soil Born Farms (Rancho Cordova, CA)

I have wanted to visit Soil Born Farms for years.  I first heard of the farm when I moved to Sac only I didn’t realized how open the farm is for visitors or just how much they do for our community.  Until now.  Soil Born Farms is pretty much a must see for anyone interested in agriculture in our area.  It provides a realistic and approachable location where parents can teach their children and themselves more about the process of growing food and raising animals.

We came to the farm today as part of a Fun on the Farm Day produced by the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op and Soil Born Farms.  The event was professionally run and organized by a group of amazing staff and volunteers.  The children were led through stations around the farm where they learned about how farms work, aspects of plant growing and all about the animals around the farm.  Children got to pick carrots right out of the garden, then make a wrap that included colorful beet hummus and other examples of how to make lunches innovative and fun.  Kids got to make seed bombs filled with flower seeds to throw wherever they like and learn about the growing cycle by making beaded bracelets they could keep.  It was a day filled with new experiences and both my older tot and I learned so much our drive home was filled with lively conversation and snacking.  The event is repeated in summer and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to experience this place.

Soil Born Farms has events throughout the year, has a farm stand open to the public and is available for self-guided tours six days a week-Monday through Saturday.  Visitors have a large parking lot and signage throughout the farm to direct them around the property.  There is so much to discover at the farm that a self-guided trip through all the property has to offer could take a whole afternoon if you wanted it to.  There are lunch tables at the entry area under large shade trees so children can have a snack before heading out.  There are restroom facilities on property.

Soil Born Farms started out fifteen years ago as a for profit farm and has evolved into the nationally recognized center for the promotion of urban agriculture, sustainable food systems and healthy food education that it is today.  It is now a recognized non-profit and operates two urban farms with 55 acres of farmland.

From Soil Born Farms-

Our programs focus on promoting health and providing experiential learning opportunities for youth and adults, producing healthy food, improving access to healthy food for all and modeling land and environmental stewardship. Beyond producing healthy, certified organic produce for our 80 CSA members and local stores, restaurants, and farm stands, Soil Born Farms has also developed several innovative education and food access programs in partnership with area schools and agencies.

The American River Ranch, a 55-acre historic ranch located within the American River Parkway, is now the permanent home of Soil Born Farms.  It provides a wonderfully diverse landscape to engage both youth and adults in hands-on activities that educate and connect them with the natural world, healthy food, healthy eating, job and life skills, hard work, and service opportunities.  The American River Ranch also provides the opportunity to expand the production of vegetables and fruit to meet the needs of more Sacramento residents, particularly those in underserved neighborhoods with little or no access to fresh, nutritious food.

Soil Born Farms is about so much: growing food, mentoring youth and future farmers, teaching people how to cook and garden, creating urban farms and preserving wild spaces, developing partnerships and improving access to fresh produce throughout our community, and at the core, it is about making a difference. It means transforming a shared vision of healthy food for all into a local reality.

Soil Born Farms is located by appointment at 3000 Hurley Way, Sacramento, CA and can be reached by phone at 916-363-9685 or online at

Tours can be set up by appointment for school or community groups and organizations.

The community farm stand is open from mid-May through November, Saturdays from 8:00 am-1:00 pm and farm fruits and vegetables also available at the Midtown Farmer’s Market.