May in California. Tot Friendly Food Festivals and Events.

Sacramento Area

Galt Strawberry Festival

May 21-22
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 15
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.

Sacramento County Fair

May 26-30
Sacramento, CA
The Sacramento County Fair is a family-friendly event with all the amenities of a traditional communal expo along with modern day entertainment. A livestock barn with auctions, freestyle motocross demo, carnival rides, demolition derby, buzzworthy local bands and bull riding events take place over the course of five days.

Bay Area and Beyond

Oakdale Chocolate Festival

May 21-22, 2016
Oakdale, California
IChocolate samples and items for purchase on Chocolate Avenue. 200+ Quality and variety vendors in Arts & Crafts, Chocolate Avenue a variety of food and Specialty Merchandise & Services. Amusement Park, Classic Car Show, and Western Show. Entertainment on: Chocolate Challenge Stage, Cowboy Cook’n Stage, and Main Stage.

Farm Tots Weekend.

Gap Kids

Last week was one of those weeks that finishes before it begins. With Spring Break and the holiday weekend we are all ready for a nap! This weekend I want to get ready for pool season and get myself amped up for spring. We are going to finish putting our patio furniture outside and buy some pieces we need to complete our set. We need to stock up for the week at the farmer’s market and do some meal prep for the week to keep us on track. What are you doing this weekend? Here is what we are obsessed with today

Completing our outdoor furniture set and making the outside just as comfortable as inside

We love cheese and some weekend nights we just slice some homemade bread and serve dip for our entree in front of a movie so I’m definitely trying this easy recipe for Goat Cheese and Basil Dip

Getting these stools to finish off our kitchen remodel and give our tots somewhere to have breakfast

Putting all the pictures from our recent trip to Daffodil Hill in a photo book to give to one of my oldest mom friends

This awesome new organic ice cream shop in Davis, CA that we have to visit soon

Getting ready for Passport Weekend in El Dorado Wine Country next weekend

Picture taken in our home as we got ready for our egg hunt last weekend. All the clothes from Gap Kids shoes from Nordstrom

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

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.

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.

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.

Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days (Northern CA)

December is mandarin season in the Sierra Foothills and growers celebrate the harvest with the Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days the first and third weekends of December. Participating mandarin ranches in Penryn, Newcastle, Loomis, Lincoln and Auburn have family-friendly activities ready for visitors looking to learn more about mandarins including

  • Artists and Crafters
  • Mandarin Product Sampling including Oils, Sauces, Honey, Juice, Cookies, Cakes, Fudge and Spreads
  • Local Wine and Ale Tasting
  • Visit with Santa
  • Farm Animals
  • Face Painting
  • Old-fashioned Kids’ Carousels
  • You Pick Mandarins
  • Other winter fruits and vegetables including oranges, lemons, persimmons and squash
  • Plenty of Bags and Boxes of Local Tree-Ripened, Hand-Picked Mandarins

Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days are December 5, 6, 19 and 20 from 10am – 4pm each day. Ranches are located throughout Placer County, just a short drive from Sacramento, located between Sacramento and Tahoe off Interstate 80. (more…)

The Mountain Mandarin Festival. November Tot Friendly Event. (Auburn, CA)

Mountain Mandarin Trees in Penryn, CA

The Mountain Mandarin Festival marks the official beginning of Placer County Mountain Mandarin season. The event takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving every year at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. This 3-day celebration draws 30,000 visitors from as far away as the San Francisco Bay Area and Reno. Just off Hwy 80 between Sacramento and North Lake Tahoe this event is easy to get to and is the perfect stop for anyone on their way to Tahoe.

Festival attendees can sample fresh mandarins hand-picked by Mountain Mandarin Growers’ Association members, as well as a variety of mandarin-based products including olive oils, marinades, marmalades, syrups and mandarin blossom honey. Growers will have plenty of 5 and 10 pound bags of mandarins for sale, ready for holiday enjoyment. Most growers can also ship mandarins to your friends and family. (more…)

Cinco de Mayo Fiestas with Tots (Sacramento, CA and Surrounding Areas)

Farm Fresh to You
May 3, 5:00 pm-10:00 am
Capay, CA
Bring your whole family to the 2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Enjoy a full evening of tractor-tram farm tours, kids’ arts and crafts, tortilla-making demonstrations, tomato planting, strawberry harvesting, soccer games and dancing to live mariachi music. Tickets prices are $15 per person through Friday, May 3, or $20 per person at the farm on event day. Kids 12 and under get free admission. All event proceeds benefit The Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture.

Cinco de Mayo Festival-Southside Park
May 3, 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Sacramento, CA
The highly popular event will celebrate the community’s diverse culture through music, dance, classic auto show and traditional foods such as tacos, moles, grilled oysters, pupusas, burritos and yummy snacks such as fresh frutas, corn on the cob and razpados. The festival will be sure to give everyone plenty of food options, and of course what Cinco de Mayo event is complete without its traditional drinks? Margaritas and Mexican Beers will be available for those mature event goers.

Cinco de Mayo Festival-Auburn
May 5A little bit of Mexico comes to Old Town Auburn. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated annually in the United States and Mexico to commemorate the Mexican army beating 6,000 French troops who had invaded the city of Puebla on May 5, 1882. The Folklorico Dancer Troupe from Sacramento, and pony rides by Pony Up in Newcastle, always a favorite with the buckaroos, will be back again this year along with Mobile Rocks climbing wall and piñatas for the children, and a street dance from 8-9pm. Also a Salsa Making contest with local restaurants – tasters determine the winners! Tasting Kits $2.00 each. And, weather permitting… Chano Uribe will bring his “dancing horses” to show off some fancy foot work. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration for families and children and alcohol is not sold or encouraged at this event. Join us for music, food, vendors, piñatas, dancing, and fun for the entire family.

Fair Oaks Fiesta Days
May 2-3
Fair Oaks, CAThe 66th annual event will take place in the Fair Oaks Village. The two day event is packed with tons to do for the family.
Saturday kicks off the weekend with a parade starting at 10:00 am. and the rest of the day is filled with Craft Vendors, Sacto “MoFo” food trucks, Village merchant shopping, Kids play park, Kids play in the amphitheater, raffles, music and so much more! Sunday’s event starts off with a pancake breakfast held in the Fair Oaks Clubhouse. In addition, the Fair Oaks Sun Run and a classic car show (with over 300 cars lining the streets of the village) will be taking place. Raffles, music, kids park, vendors, village shopping and Sacto “MoFo” food trucks continue to be part of the event on Sunday too.


May 5, 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Sacramento, CA
Come join us for the Best Margaritas, Mexican Authentic recipes, great service, family friendly atmosphere, live mariachi music, food and drink specials all day.

Stockton Cinco de Mayo
May 5
Stockton, CA
Weber Point is the site of this celebration of Mexican-American culture that includes a parade and fiesta celebration.