There’s so much delicious fun to be had in the Sacramento region that sometimes, it’s hard to know where to start! Whether you’re hungry or looking to work up an appetite, browse through the activities below to help guide your next Farm–to–Fork adventure.
Before you whip up your own Farm-to-Fork meal, a local farmers market should be your first stop. The Sacramento region is home to countless farmers markets, many of which are open year-round, rain or shine. Find Farmers’ Markets
Lace up your sneakers and get ready to work up an appetite. The Sacramento region offers several food tour options that give you a chance to take in local scenery and sample food and drinks at the same time. Find a Food Tour
Try your hand at whipping up your own Farm-to-Fork creations at one of the Sacramento region’s diverse cooking classes. From butchering techniques to cocktail making, there are plenty of options to hone your skills. Find Food Adventures
Once the beer capital of the West, the Sacramento region’s beer scene is back—in a big way. If you’re in the mood for a pint, there are more than 30 breweries in town to quench your thirst.
Find local Breweries
Wine lovers look no further! The Sacramento area collectively offers more than 200 wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms – most within a one-hour drive or less.
Find a Winery to Visit
The greater Sacramento region is home to more than 1.5 million acres of farmland, and many area farms open their doors…er…fields for public tours or tours by appointment. Find local Farms
It seems simple, but getting a jump on the crowds translates to great selections, shorter lines and more time to chat with your favorite farmers and vendors. So set your alarm and get to shopping.
Before heading out, be sure to know how your local market operates. Do all of the vendors accept credit cards or EBT? Do they offer bags for you to carry your purchases, or do you need to bring them with you? Being prepared will lead to a smoother shopping experience.
While nothing beats forging strong relationships with farmers you frequent often, don’t be afraid to try a new vendor’s selection. Not familiar with a particular item? Why not talk to the farmer about how to prepare it and try it out at home? Sometimes expanding your horizons can lead to a delicious discovery.
The Sacramento region’s chefs are familiar faces at farmers markets, and many area restaurant menus highlight the farms where ingredients come from. If you can’t get enough of a farm-fresh dish at a local eatery, find out if the farmer sells at a local market and pay them a visit.
While that market close to your home or office is convenient, there are countless hidden gems waiting to be discovered at markets outside your beaten path. If you’ve got some extra time, why not make a trip to a market you’ve never visited before? You never know what could be waiting for you.