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PostHeaderIcon A Day of Soil, Farmers & Food! Farm to Fork Experience in the Foothills

Sierra Foothills Farm and Wine Tour Experience by Bethany Woy

Yes, we know that California is known for amazing fresh fruits and vegetables. We are known to produce some of the best wine grapes in the world. We are blessed with rolling hills of orchards, farms and vineyards. On a beautiful Saturday this May, a few food lovers decided they would venture out of Midtown Sacramento and join Local Roots Food Tours on the exploration of the nearby Sierra Foothills. A bartender, secretary, regional manager and executive chef joined the Local Roots staff and spent an afternoon discovering the wonders of nature right outside our back door. Here’s what they found.

“ We met up in Newcastle at a quaint little country store that you would see out of an old time movie. All fresh produce and local items were sold there. No big box stores. Just products from local dairies, farms, orchards and vineyards. Right away I knew this would be right up my alley. Living in Sacramento, it’s great to be able to shop at the Co-op or Farmer’s Markets, but seeing a little store with so many wonderful local products was refreshing.

We loaded up into the comfortable bus and headed out to Colwell Thundering Herd Farms where we met Rich and Nancy Colwell that own a mandarin farm. This couple have lived in Penryn since 1984, but the family farm dates back to 1959. The Colwells continue to live in an old ranch home owned by the Butler family dating back to the late 1800’s. (the land has supported peach, pears and plum orchards at that time!) Meeting Rich and Nancy was amazing and they were the nicest people ever. You could definitely see the passion they have for farming. I had no idea there were so many varietals of mandarin oranges but Rich gave us a full mandarin grove tour where we got to actually touch the trees and learn about pruning, harvesting and processing this amazing fruit. It was so wonderful to have them open up their property to us visitors.  The Colwells produce mandarin and lemon olive oil as well as balsamic vinegar and mandarin chocolate sauce. After touring the farm and getting up close and personal with the fruit we were asked to sit in a wonderful shady area of the property and asked to sample the Colwells products. We got to sample the olive oils, chocolate sauces, vinegars and even the fresh fruit itself.
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PostHeaderIcon Farm and Wine Bus Tour Big Savings Day!

Exploring Northern California’s hills and valleys by bus is only the beginning. We take participants right to the source of our local food chain: the farms and vineyards.  Our bus goes behind the gates and beyond the tractors to meet local farmers & vintners. Learn where their farm story began, how they see our local agriculture growing, and their role as a provider to our local communities and restaurants. We literally go from the farm to fork in our bus adventure.

Take advantage of our special farm and wine bus tour day this upcoming May 19th with discount savings on tour tickets.  For this date only, we are offering a special ticket price of $54 per adult ticket – a $15 savings per ticket!  Use promo code: FRESH to receive discount:  http://www.zerve.com/LocalRoots/Sierra

Our Sierra Foothill Farm & Wine Tour focuses on the Placer County area on the Sunday, May 19th bus tour route. We showcase Placer Grown farms and vineyards along a beautiful planned tour route.

Though subject to change, you can expect:

  • Transportation from a central meeting location in our 14 passenger executive bus
  • A 4 hour bus tour with 5 to 6 different stops
  • A trained local guide ready to showcase farms, orchards, & vineyards
  • An opportunity to shop at each stop
  • A catered, 4 course gourmet lunch
  • Local Roots Food Tours reusable shopping bag

Typical stops will be to a indoor farmers market/bakery, a local olive oil mandarin farm, 1 or 2 fresh berry patches/farms, 1 organic produce farm, 1 flower farm and 1 local vineyard with wine tastings. Shopping will be allowed on all stops and is highly encouraged!  Our bus tour is fully guided by our locally trained hosts who will delight you with stories and fun facts about the region. Each participant will be treated to a gourmet lunch, along with complimentary beverages.

Come along and enjoy the beauty of the rolling Sierra’s along with bountiful farms, spring flowers and delicious bites of our local bounty.  It will be a day you will always remember and the opportunity to connect to our local farmers and vintners.  Don’t forget to bring your cameras -  there will be some wonderful photo ops!   For further questions about our farm & wine tours please give us a call:  1-800-407-8918  or contact us via our email:  [email protected]


PostHeaderIcon 5 Farm, Wine, Food and Fun Sacramento Region Events

The weather outside might look frightful, but the opportunity to explore is more than delightful with events being offered all around our communities. 

December is filled with many chances to go out and explore our hills, valleys and peaks.  Northern California is blessed with farms, vineyards, and the chance to shop locally.   Get out your calendars and plan for a few weekend road trips this December….it’s time to get up and get active!

5 Ways to Explore your Own Backyard:

1.  Twin Peaks Orchards Fruit Tasting Open House – Placer County  http://www.twinpeaksent.com/events.htm

Sunday, December 2nd -  11am – 3pm  Free admission.   Fruit tastings, u-pick mandarins & persimmons, brick-oven pizza, shopping, farmers market, hay rides, and so much more!  Fun for the entire family!

2.  Holidays in the Hills Toy Drive – Placer County Wine Trail http://www.placerwine.com/events.htm

December 8th & 9th:  11am – 5pm;  17 Participating Wineries – Free Tastings with Unwrapped Toy Donation.   Live music, food, Christmas shopping, carolers, chocolate tastings, vineyard tours…..lots of fun in beautiful settings.

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PostHeaderIcon Sierra Foothill Farm & Wine Bus Tours in Placer County

Would you like to see where California’s delicious fresh fruit, produce, nuts, and wine come from?  Want to know how vineyards can tell when it’s time to pick their grapes or how to grow the best tomatoes?  Wouldn’t you like to see California olives on the tree, soaking up the sunshine?  We are so fortunate to live in the “Farm to Fork Capital of America”.  Now is time to jump on board the Local Roots Food Tours Culinary Passport bus and explore the cornucopia of agriculture.  Our Sierra Foothill Farm & Wine Tour is being offered to the public, Saturday’s and Sunday’s tours beginning the 1st weekend of December.

It’s mandarin season in the Sierra Foothills and the Mountain Mandarin Growers are ready for business!  Our bus route will point out over 30 mandarin grower farms along our route, stopping at 2 of the growers on each tour.  Nothing says ‘fresh’ like mandarins picked that very same morning and olive oil from the harvest’s first press.  Did you know the 1st mandarin trees were planted in Placer County in the 1880′s?  Sample Northern California’s best and locally-produced vegetables, fruit, oils and nuts…nearly everything we eat right out of our back doors!  Placer County lay riches to 18 family-run boutique wineries – many flock here for a pleasure not found in other regions – the chance to meet the winemakers.

What you can expect on our Sierra Foothill Farm & Wine Bus Tours:

  • Transportation from a central meeting location in our 14 passenger executive bus
  • 4 hour bus ride with 5 to 6 different stops on planned tour route
  • Bus stops at 2 to 3 independent farms, 1 to 2 vineyards and one local produce market
  • A trained local guide ready to showcase farms, orchards  &vineyards
  • Up close contact with the owners of the farms, orchards and vineyards
  • Opportunity to shop at each farm and vineyard stop
  • Catered 4 course gourmet lunch all from local farms and bakery
  • Unlimited bottled waters, tea and sparkling drinks
  • Local Roots Food Tours reusable shopping bag

This tour is fully guided by our specially-trained hosts who will delight you with stories and fun facts about the region and the methods used to coax Mother Nature to grow her bounty.  Our tour bus is fully heated, reclining seats and spacious.  Each participant will be treated to a gourmet lunch, along with complimentary water, tea, and juice.  Each stop includes tastings of the grower’s produce, the vintner’s wine, and of course, the cheese-maker’s cheese!

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Out of all the "touristry" trips and tours we did while in Sacramento, this was by far our favorite. We were fortunate to have the tour guide all to ourselves, and walked through some of the hidden gems and neighborhoods of Sacramento, seeing and hearing the history of many beautiful homes and buildings, as well as sampling culinary delights in some great restaurants. Would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting the city.
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