Celebrate Farm-to-Fork with #PlacerGROWN Week!

On Tuesday I was invited by Placer GROWN to a lunch at Sinclair Family Farm to learn about some of the fresh produce grown and livestock raised in Placer County. We also learned about Placer GROWN Week, which kicks off on October 5 and wraps up on October 13.

The afternoon started with a green salad tossed with feta cheese and pomegranate seeds, followed by homemade beef stew and paired with a selection of wines from ViƱa Castellano. During a very educational talk by the Placer County Agricultural Commissioner, we enjoyed apple cobbler with just the right amount of vanailla ice cream on top, and, of course, a little more wine.

It was fun to learn about the rich history of agriculture in Placer County, including the fact it used to be one of the world's top tree fruit producers and I had no idea that rice was grown near the city of Lincoln. After lunch and learning about Placer GROWN Week, we got a tour of the Sinclair Family Farm, including a sheep dog demonstration (that dog was amazing). We also saw their "Happy Cows" and the family's newest additions, goats.

For more information about Placer GROWN Week, see the information and links below. Also use the link at the bottom of this post to enter for some great prizes including: A month’s worth of mandarins (3 winners) (as a side note the 2013 Mandarin Festival is November 22-24; tickets are not a prize); Turkeys from a PlacerGROWN meat producer (5 winners); $50 Gift certificates to a Foothill farmers’ market (5 winners); and Pairs of Placer County Wine Trail wine tasting passes (5 winners). Enter soon, the contest ends Sunday, October 13, 2013 at midnight.

Placer GROWN Week Activities:
PlacerGROWN Harvest Festival
Saturday, Oct. 5th 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 6th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Johnson-Springview Park
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. PlacerHarvestFestival.com

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.
Join us for 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. The following locations are the farms, orchards and wineries on this year’s tour. Download a printable Farm & Barn Tour schedule & map.
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Lunch and a goodie bag of fresh fruits was provided by Placer GROWN. Contest is hosted by Placer GROWN. Opinions expressed are my own. 

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