Happy October! I hope you've all been able to get outdoors and enjoy some of this wonderful Sacramento sunshine. Yesterday, I attended a blogger luncheon in Penryn at Sinclair Family Farms where I got to learn more about the amazing agriculture in Placer County, take in some beautiful scenery and visit some cute farm animals. Wow- what a beautiful area...so bucolic.
Did you know that Placer County has several hundred family farmers, 18 award winning wineries and 20 farmers' markets? I didn't! I was also excited to learn that this weekend kicks off PlacerGROWN Week, a weeklong celebration of the bounty of agricultural products produced by the Placer region and there's all kind of fun events planned. You won't want to miss it! There's festivals, farm tours, live music, tastings and lots of giveaways.
Here's just a few of the activities that are scheduled. For a full listing, check out: PlacerGROWN
Their mission statement:
Our mission is to connect Placer County’s residents and visitors with the local family farmers, ranchers and vintners whose passion is to produce the finest fruits, vegetables, meats and other agricultural products the region has to offer. Through community outreach, events and the collaborative efforts of Placer County and local businesses, our goal is to make known the abundance and quality of food and wine that we’re proud to say is PlacerGROWN."
PlacerGROWN Harvest Festival
Saturday, Oct. 5th 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5480 Fifth St., Rocklin, CA, 95677
Don’t miss the PlacerGROWN Harvest Festival, a FREE event of family fun including a pumpkin patch, pumpkin lighting display at dusk, movie in the park, scarecrow building contest, farmers’ market and more.
Auburn Wine & Food Festival
Saturday, Oct. 12th, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Downtown and Old Town Auburn
Don’t miss the 11th annual Auburn Wine & Food Festival, where you’ll enjoy Placer County wines and food to delight your taste buds. Tickets are $35 and a food-only ticket is $20. To purchase tickets, visit auburnwineandfood.com
PlacerGROWN Farm & Barn Tour
Sunday, Oct. 13th, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
A free self-guided expedition of farms, ranches, and vineyards in the beautiful countryside of Placer County. Each venue will feature different activities, tours, and demonstrations. Locally grown produce, wine, and more will be available for purchase.
6232 Eureka Road, Granite Bay, CA 95746
Activities: Pumpkin patch, Hoshigaki demonstration (Otow Orchard is renowned for preserving the Japanese art of hoshigaki — hoshi means dried and gaki is from kaki, the Japanese word for persimmon.), orchard tours, fruit sampling, hay stack playground, minature mule/donkey, photo ops (bring a camera), equipment display. http://www.otoworchard.com/
And that's not all, the kind folks at PlacerGROWN are also giving you the opportunity to win fresh, local food and wine prizes from Placer County. You can win:
- a month's worth of mandarins (3 winners)
- turkeys from a Placergrown meat producer (5 winners)
- $50 gift certificate from a Foothill farmers' market (5 winners)
- pairs of Placer County Wine Trail wine tasting passes (5 winners)
The contest starts Oct 1, 2013 and ends Oct 13, 2013 at midnight. Just enter below via Rafflecopter.
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