Summer Delta Drives and Summer Fruit Stands

Sacramento Delta Drives + Summer Fruit Stands

Sacramento Delta Drives + Summer Fruit Stands

Sacramento Delta Drives + Summer Fruit Stands

Sacramento Delta Drives + Summer Fruit Stands

Sacramento Delta Drives + Summer Fruit Stands

Sacramento Delta Drives + Summer Fruit Stands

Sacramento Delta Drives + Summer Fruit Stands

Sacramento Delta Drives + Summer Fruit Stands

Sacramento Delta Drives + Summer Fruit Stands

Sacramento Delta Drives + Summer Fruit StandsMost Sundays I go for a drive along the Sacramento Delta river roads.  I love driving past the old river homes, the small sleepy towns, vineyards and farm after family farm.  I usually stop on my way out of town and pick up my favorite latte, turn up my radio, put my cell phone on airplane mode and relish in not needing to rush off anywhere and just enjoying the drive.  Sometimes it can just be an ordinary day where I need a break and other times I use my time to think about and make big decisions.  I have made every major life decision, big and small, along these river roads.  I’ll leave home feeling jumbled and confused and when I return, I feel clearheaded and free.  I love where I live and I love being so connected to the cycle of food and life that we get to experience living so close to the fields where some of the best strawberries, blueberries, peaches and pears are grown.  I love hearing how a local farmer took a boat down the river to pick up a daily harvest of asparagus that will grace my dinner plate.  I love picking up jars of jams, preserves and olive oils that are made and produced right here in my back yard.  This is what fuels me and what makes me want to stay and raise my family here in this beautiful part of Northern California.  Most Sunday’s I follow the river road to the intersection of Highway 12 and California State Route 160 to my favorite homegrown farm stand where my friend Susan greets me with a smile and offers me the gorgeous fruits of her and her husband’s labor.  They pick strawberries in the cool summer mornings, and clip the most fragrant sweet peas from their cutting garden towards the back of their property.  They sell the most delicious cherries, apricots, blueberries and asparagus.  They also sell beets, cabbage, squash and other seasonal veggies.  The prices are low and the quality is exceptional.  Susan and her husband, Choy, are open 7 days a week from 9am-6pm.  They are some of my favorite people and I hope if you are local that you are able to take the beautiful drive to see Susan and purchase some of the most delicious produce that our area has to offer.

Summer Drives & Farm Fresh Fruit Stands

Field Trip | Apple Hill


Field Trip | Apple Hill
Fall is here!  Yippee! For me fall is all about tradition and one of the first things I do is to make a trip up the hill to Apple Hill. This year I packed up my nephews and we set out to have some harvest fun.  Before leaving I researched a few farms using the Apple Hill Growers Association website.  It is a really helpful resource to use and they offer downloadable PDFs outlining kid specific activities and an easy to navigate map of the Apple Hill area that lists all farms and farm stands and what each farm offers.

Our first stop was Pine O’ Mine which is a self pick apple and berry farm.  The farm is kept up nicely and the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful, they even took time to tell the boys how to pick apples; twist the apple until the apple comes off the tree instead of pulling.  To get started the the staff offered the boys paper bags and off we went into the orchard, spending our time walking up and down the rows picking loads and loads of apples, 29 pounds to be specific.

Our second stop was Denver Dan’s Apple Patch, which was a bit off the beaten path so the crowd was a little smaller it was a little easier to navigate with the boys.  Denver Dan’s is a great farm with a farm stand store selling different variations of homemade take and bake apple pies, crisps and breads. There is also face painting, a petting zoo and fresh apple cider to partake in.

Our last stop was Rainbow Orchards because they have the best apple cider doughnuts and there isn’t anything I love more than a fresh, hot, apple cider doughnut, yum!  They also have great BBQ and have an apple cider press going through out the day to demonstrate how fresh cider is made and offer apple cider samples for the kids.  It was also a great place for the boys to get out and run around, the farm is set up for lunches and outdoor picnicking.

I love heading up the hill to support our local farmers and to create fall traditions and create fun memories with my nephews it’s something I look forward to it year after year.  These were a few of our favorites, what are your favorite not to miss farms and farm stands?

Autumn Apple Picking Trip