8th Annual Capay Tomato Festival

tomatoBy Farm Fresh to You
Farm Fresh To You, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and home delivery service that provides fresh, local, organic produce to consumers’ doorsteps invites the public to its farm, Capay Organic for its 8th Annual Capay Tomato Festival.
 
The event will take place on Saturday, July 18, 2015, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. with a full slate of activities for all ages, including heirloom and cherry tomato tastings, farm tours and live music throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Attendees are invited to camp overnight in the farm orchards. Event proceeds benefit the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture (KBNP).
 
The Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture gives an annual scholarship to a high school senior planning on pursuing a field related to sustainable agriculture. KBNP also donates school supplies to farmworker families in the Capay Valley. Last year, it distributed over 600 backpacks full of school supplies to local students.
 
“We welcome the public to our farm for the biggest event of our farm tour season,” said Thaddeus Barsotti, farmer and co-owner of Farm Fresh To You. “There’s nothing like the taste of just harvested, heirloom tomatoes to celebrate the bounty of summer. The Capay Tomato Festival is our farm’s mission in action – connecting people with the land that grows their food.”
 
Tomato Tasting
Visitors will take part in a tomato tasting featuring cherry and heirloom tomato varieties and vote on their favorite varieties.
 
The Food and Drink
In addition to tasting all of the farm’s tomato varieties, tacos, pizzas and sandwiches from local purveyors made with farm produce will be sold. Dancing Tomato Caffe’s mobile pizza oven will return with its delicious, farm fresh pizzas and salads. Tacos 911 will sell tacos and burritos. The California Love Food Truck will serve up burgers and fries. Superfood shakes and granola bowls from Granola Girl’s food truck will be a new food vendor at this year’s festival. Luciano’s Scoop will treat the guests with gelato and iced coffee drinks. Pachamama will offer iced coffees for sale. All food and drink is sold separately from the admission price.
 
Guests are also encouraged to bring their own picnics, and the event will feature a “Best Guest Picnic Contest.” Farm staff will roam the event, scouting for the best-looking picnic. The picnic contest winner will receive three, complimentary Farm Fresh To You deliveries.
 
Live Music and Dancing Under the Stars on the Farm
Another Capay Tomato highlight will be the live music by three bands. 
 
4:00 p.m. Bonanza King
 
6:30 p.m. Miss Lonely Hearts
 
9:00 p.m. The Golden Cadillacs
 
Fun Family Activities
Visitors can make an herb salt with organic farm herbs, ride the tractor tram, sample local olive oil and honey, pet farm animals, and delight in face painting, bubble making, pick-up soccer games, sprinkler fun  and kids’ crafts for free.
 
A silent auction benefiting KBNP will featuring local farm product packages.
 
Ticket & Camping Information
Tickets are on sale now online for $20 per person (children ages 12 and under are free). Online sales also include a group ticket option – 4 tickets for $70. Tickets will be sold at the door for $25 per person.
 
Guest can also camp overnight in the farm’s fruit orchards. Campsites usually sell out – reserve them online for $35 in advance or $40 at the door (if not sold out; cash only on event day). The space allows one car per site.  Guests may stay until 10 am on Sunday, July 19th. No campfires and no pets please.
 
To purchase tickets, go to:< http://capaytomato2015.eventbrite.com>. Call 1-800-796-6009 with any questions.
 
Visit <http://www.farmfreshtoyou.com>  or  <http://facebook.com/farmfreshtoyou> to learn more about the festival.
 
Directions:
The farm is located 90 miles northeast of San Francisco and 30 minutes northwest of Sacramento.
 
From the Bay Area:
Take Interstate 80 East to Interstate 505 North. Go approximately 20 miles; exit on Highway 16/Esparto, turn left at the light. Follow Highway 16 through Esparto and Capay. The farm is a 1/4 mile past the town of Capay on the right. Look for the Farm Fresh To You metal sign and turn onto the gravel road that leads to the parking area. 
 
From Sacramento:
Take Interstate 5 North through Woodland to the Highway 16 W/Esparto exit. Take the exit and turn left; then travel three miles to the second stoplight. Turn right onto Highway 16. Follow Highway 16 through Esparto and Capay. The farm is a 1/4 mile past the town of Capay on the right. Look for the Farm Fresh To You metal sign and turn onto the gravel road that leads to the parking area.