Food and Farm Tours
Fact – good food tastes better when you can see where it comes from. Many Sacramento-region farms and ranches offer private and group tours, as well as special events that allow you to get your hands dirty…and then enjoy the fruits of your labor. Samples of area farm tour options are included below; we suggest contacting the farm or ranch of your choice for more details.
- Clowell Thundering Heard Ranch: Located just 30 minutes outside of Sacramento, the Clowell family grows Owari Satsuma mandarins, Meyer lemons, Hachiya and Fuyu persimmons, oranges, limes, kumquats, pomegranates, apples and plums to create citrus oils and sauces. Individuals or groups can travel to the ranch and sample products and fruits in the tasting room by calling 916-672-7451 to make an appointment.
- Double M Farms/ McDowell Hunting Preserve: Bring the family to pick your own pears in July and see various pheasants, chukar, and quail in the Gamebird Aviary. Fruit and eggs are available throughout year. Tours are available by appointment. 916-257-9613
- Sacramento River Delta Grown Agri-Tourism Association: Choose from several options that will take you through farms and wineries in the Sacramento River Delta. 916-775-1827 or sacriverdeltagrown.org
- Soil Born Farms: A Sacramento County urban farm that supplies produce for area eateries and farmers markets, while also offering educational opportunities for kids and adults. Guided tours are available by request, and self-guided tours are free to visitors Monday-Saturday, from sunrise to sunset. 916-363-9685.
- Vierra Farms: The Vierra family owns and operates this large produce farm in West Sacramento. Visitors can see the farm for themselves when Vierras produce stand is open June-October, Mon.-Fri., noon-7 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m-6 p.m.
- California Endive Farms: California Endive Farms is Americas largest producer of red and white endive. Founded in 1983 on just 5 acres by Rich Collins and his wife, Shelly, the company is a leading grower of white endive in the United States and is among the larger growers of red endive in the world. Tours available by appointment at 707-375-1124
- Bloom Ranch: Bloom Ranch in Winters produces natural nuts and snacks, while also hulling and shelling walnuts. Tours are available by appointment at 530-795-4084.
- Cache Creek Lavender Farm: Enjoy tours of a working lavender farm in Esparto and browse locally-made lavender products like soap, bath salts, sprays and more. Dont miss the annual Lavender Festival each June! Tours are available by appointment at 530-796-2293.
- Del Rio Botanical: Visitors can tour this West Sacramento produce and seed farm or sign up for deliveries of fresh vegetables right to their front door. Del Rio offers a menu of farm tours paired with food and wine tastings (and even an opportunity to milk the farms goat!) throughout the year. Call 916-919-1843 for upcoming tour dates and to reserve a spot.
- Double Bar O Angus Ranch: Tour this working grass-fed beef ranch and purchase meat for your freezer onsite. Tours are available by appointment at 530-787-3228.
- Durst Organic Growers: Tour a working organic farm centered on educational and community events. Durst has tours available by appointment at 530-787-3390.
- Farm Fresh to You: Farm Fresh To You and its farm, Capay Organic, have been farming organically in the Capay Valley since 1976. This second-generation family offers farm tours in March, April, August and October with farm festivals in May (Cinco de Mayo), July (Capay Tomato), September (Capay Crush). See www.farmfreshtoyou.com for event details and like Farm Fresh To You on Facebook.
- Farm on Putah Creek: Farm on Putah Creek is a learning laboratory for sustainable agriculture and wildlife-friendly farming. FPC welcomes visitors to their gardens, ponds, nursery, farming, and habitat restoration projects. Tours by appointment at 530-795-1520.
- Free Heart Farm: Free Heart Farm is a working almond orchard that also produces various almond sweets and includes a petting zoo. Call 530-787-4444 for tour hours.
- Full Belly Farm: This organic farm is home to 120 different kinds of fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, and animals. Visitors can buy fresh produce on Fridays at the farm stand. 530-796-2214
- Good Humus Produce: Good Humus has been growing vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers on their 20 acre organic family farm in the Hungry Hollow since 1976. Call 530-787-3187 for tour options.
- Haag Farm: Visit a high tech walnut farm and learn about the entire process of growing and processing the nuts. Tours available by appointment at 530-787-3603.
- Impossible Acres: During the summer months pick your own berries, cherries, apples, peaches, and other seasonal produce. During October pick your own pumpkins, take a tractor ride, and enjoy a baby farm animal petting zoo. Call 530-735-6677 for hours.
- Manas Ranch: Manas Ranch offers tree ripened, fresh market insecticide-free apricots, cherries, peaches, vegetables, homemade jam, local honey, and nuts. Voted Best Peaches in the West by Sunset Magazine. Open 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily from mid-June through early September. 530-787-3228
- Pacific Star Gardens: Buy fresh organic produce right where its grown. U-pick strawberries and apricots in the spring; tomatoes, melons, and watermelons in the summer. Open to the public in the summer from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 530-666-7308
- Yolo Arts & Ag Project: Artists can spend the day drawing inspiration from visits to Yolo County farms. From painting to photography and beyond, this is one farm tour that wont disappoint.
- Yolo Land & Cattle Company: Visit a modern working cattle ranch! Beautiful, secluded outdoor facilities for events, picnics, parties, and weddings. 530-662-4093
- Yolo Wool: Take a guided tour through a working wool mill featuring historical machinery for processing wool to yarn. Custom yarns are available. Tours available by appointment at 530-666-1473