7th Annual Capay Tomato Festival at the Capay Organic Farm

Press contact:
Barbara Archer
[email protected]

Event benefits the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture; tomato tastings, live music, kids’ activities, farm tour and “Best Guest Picnic Contest” are event highlights

Capay, Calif., June 18, 2014 ─ Farm Fresh To You (www.farmfreshtoyou.com), 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 7th Annual Capay Tomato Festival.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 19, 2014, 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 2013 heirloom tomato tasting winner was “Chocolate Stripe” with the “Sweet 100” variety taking the cherry tomato category.

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. Caffe Italia’s mobile pizza oven will return with its delicious, farm fresh pizzas and salads. Tacos 911 will sell tacos and burritos. Elote corn will be roasted with a special glaze. Sacatomatoes food truck will feature food made from farm ingredients with vegetarian and vegan options. Luciano’s Scoop will treat the guests with gelato and iced coffee drinks. Ruhstaller will pour their locally brewed beer. 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.

Hot City Jazz (4 p.m.)
An ensemble like no other, Hot City, has established an aesthetic of New Orleans style hot jazz and classic swing which they augment with a vast array of exotic musical elements, from Latin and Caribbean rhythms to Pacific Island themes and Middle Eastern melodies. https://www.facebook.com/hotcityjazzband

Miss Lonely Hearts (6:30 p.m.)
With influences from Tom Waits to Woody Guthrie, the band will share their unique sound with the crowd. The band describes its music as “back country, roots-a-billy music.” Miss Lonely Hearts brings together guitar, harmonica, drums, mandolin and upright bass for an upbeat sound.  More band information: http://www.misslonelyheartsband.com/

Old Man Markley- Headliner (9 p.m.)
This eight-piece amalgamation of bluegrass and punk has shared the bill with acts, such as Bad Religion, Flogging Molly, NOFX and The Devil Makes Three. With captivating, three-part harmonies, nimble instrumentation and an energetic, raucous performance, this band is set to rock our event with fiddle, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, guitar, washboard, drums, autoharp and a homemade, washtub bass. More band information: http://www.oldmanmarkley.com/Home.html

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.  Organizations helping with activities are California Food Literacy Center, Slow Food Yolo, R.I.S.E. (Rural Innovations in Social Economics) and Volunteers of America.

A silent auction benefiting KBNP will featuring local farm product packages including items from Cowgirl Creamery, Full Belly Farm, Riverdog Farm, Route 3 Wines and Grange Restaurant & Bar’s dinner at Capay Organic.

Ticket Information
Tickets are on sale now through Wednesday, July 17, for $20 per person (children ages 12 and under are free). After July 17, tickets will be sold at the door for $25 per person.

To purchase tickets, go to:< www.capaytomato2014.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.

Camping on the Farm
Guests can also camp overnight at the farm in the peach, fig and mandarin orange orchards. Campsites can be reserved in advance for $35 each at < www.capaytomato2014.eventbrite.com > by Wednesday, July 17.

Each campsite is 15 feet wide and extends the length of the entire orchard row. There is a one-car limit per campsite. Campers may stay on the farm until 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 20. RVs, campfires and pets are not permitted. Campsites can be purchased at the door for $40 (cash only, please), but space is limited, and campsites sold out at last year’s event.

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.

About Farm Fresh To You
Farm Fresh To You is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and home and office delivery service that provides fresh, local, organic produce to consumers’ doorsteps. Farming since 1976, this second-generation organic farm pioneered the organic food movement and is owned by brothers Noah Barnes and Thaddeus and Freeman Barsotti. The company is connecting communities and sustainable farms through a transparent food system that enables consumers to know their farmer and where their food is grown.

Barbara Archer
Public Relations Manager
Farm Fresh To You and Capay Organic
Mobile: 530-848-5053
[email protected]