Capay Tomato Festival

In 1976, two UC Davis graduate students, Kathleen Barsotti and Martin Barnes, borrowed money from their parents and bought 20 acres of land in Capay Valley. Situated northwest of Sacramento in Yolo County, the two set out to farm their land and produce fruits and veggies the way nature intended them to be grown—organically. They went on to help start the Davis Farmers Market and eventually, in the early ‘90s, started their now extremely popular organic produce delivery service, Farm Fresh To You. Today, Kathleen and Martin’s kids carry on their traditions, running the family farms and businesses, hosting educational events and tours and along the way. This month, their annual Capay Tomato Festival is celebrating its 10th year! On Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 3–11 p.m., you can enjoy organic heirloom and cherry tomato tastings (and even vote for your fave!), take a tractor-tram ride or a self-guided walking tour of the farm, and harvest some tomatoes with your very own hands. There will be live music from the likes of The Golden Cadillacs, Miss Lonely Hearts and Lauren Wakefield, plus food trucks on site, local beer and wine and so much more. You can even make a weekend of it and camp out on the farm, under the stars, amongst the orchards. To buy tickets and find more info, visit and click on “events.” General admission tickets start at just $20 in advance. Kids 12 and under are free.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 12 of issue #243 (July 3 – 17, 2017)**