Most 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.