Farm to Fork Capital
The Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) is collaborating with the regional restaurant and farming community, The California Farm Bureau, The Certified Farmers’ Markets, and the Downtown Partnership, among others to host a culinary week in the fall of 2013. The week-long celebration will include events at local farms, at restaurants across the region, and will be anchored by a major festival on Capital Mall. High-end dinners, wine tastings, other culinary-focused events—an even a cattle drive in downtown Sacramento—will be scheduled throughout the week. This will be an annual event.
Sacramento is the capital city to the largest producing state of agriculture in the nation and, locally, 70 percent of the region’s land is agricultural, forest or other open space. Additionally, the region contains 7,000 to 8,000 acres of boutique farms and provides numerous public sales platforms at more than 50 regional farmers markets, many of which are year-round fixtures.
In an effort to foster community pride, celebrate regional farming, and to create further demand for the region as a culinary tourism destination, the Sacramento Region is laying claim to being “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.” Sacramento is home to the largest “Certified Farmers’ Market” in California and offers the most ethnically diversified market in both produce offerings and customer demographics.
Local restaurants utilize the abundance of regionally-grown products to create a Farm-to-Fork freshness that’s unparalleled in this country. While many local farms ship their products across the country — a process that can take days — regional restaurants can pick up fresh product in the morning and serve it to patrons for lunch and dinner.
Aside from local restaurants, regional farmers provide products to establishments across the United States. Superior Farms in Dixon provides product to restaurants in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Snake River Farms beef, which is raised at VanVleck Ranch in eastern Sacramento County, is distributed locally at Corti Bros. Market and nationally in San Francisco, New York, Denver, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Silva Family Farms, located in Yuba City, ships walnuts to New Jersey, Tennessee, Washington, Philadelphia, Dubai, Turkey, China, Korea and Spain.