Capay, Calif. ─ Farm Fresh to You and Capay Organic invite the public to Capay Crush, the farm’s first annual grape festival that will celebrate the crush season. The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participating wineries include: Berryessa Gap, Capay Valley Vineyards, Rominger West, Seka Hills, Simas Family Vineyards and Turkovich Family Wines. Event proceeds benefit the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture (KBNP).
The Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture gives an annual scholarship to a high school senior planning on pursuing a field related to sustainable agriculture. KBNP also donates school supplies to farmworker families in the Capay Valley. This August, KBNP donated almost 400 backpacks stocked with school supplies for local students.
“We love inviting people out to our farm to take in the farm land during the fall. For us, sharing the farm with others and introducing people to where their food is grown is one of our primary missions,” said Thaddeus Barsotti, farmer and co-owner. “We’re especially excited to partner with local wineries to celebrate local agriculture.”
The farm is pleased to welcome Dr. David Block, professor and chair of the department of viticulture and enology at UC Davis. Dr. Block will give a short lecture during the event.
The farm will have a grape harvest and grape stomping in half barrels. Farm tram tours will run every 20 minutes until dusk allowing guests to see the farm land at the end of summer with fall veggies starting to grow.
Farm tacos made from farm fresh produce and farm stand snacks will be sold. Guests can also opt to bring their own picnics. At dusk, guests can gather around an evening bonfire and listen to live music from Boca Do Rio and Kelly McFarling.
Tickets are on sale now through Tuesday, Sept. 20, for $20 per car. Tickets will be sold at the farm on event day for $25 per person. To purchase tickets, go to: http://capaycrush.eventbrite.com/
Visit the Events section at http://farmfreshtoyou.com to learn more about the festival.
The farm is located 90 miles northeast of San Francisco and 30 minutes northwest of Sacramento. The farm address is 23800 State Highway 16, Capay, CA 95607.
From the Bay Area: Take Interstate 80 East to Interstate 505 North. Go approximately 20 miles; exit on Highway 16/Esparto, turn left at the light. Follow Highway 16 through Esparto and Capay. The farm is a 1/4 mile past the town of Capay on the right. Look for the Farm Fresh to You event signs and turn onto the gravel road that leads to the parking area.
From Sacramento: Take Interstate 5 North through Woodland to the Highway 16 W/Esparto exit. Take the exit and turn left; then travel three miles to second stoplight. Turn right onto Highway 16. Follow Highway 16 through Esparto and Capay. The farm is a 1/4 mile past the town of Capay on the right. Look for the Farm Fresh to You event signs and turn onto the gravel road that leads to the parking area.
About Farm Fresh to You:
Farm Fresh to You was founded in 1992 by Kathleen Barsotti to bring organic produce from the farm to customers at home. Today, Farm Fresh to You is run by her sons, Noah, Thaddeus and Freeman. Originally, Farm Fresh to You had just a few delivery routes, but the company now delivers to thousands of customers in Northern and Southern California. The company also farms in the Imperial Valley in Southern California. Farm Fresh to You also has a retail store in San Francisco’s Ferry Building.
About Capay Organic:
Capay Organic distributes organic produce to wholesalers, restaurants, grocery stores and at farmers’ markets. Founded in 1976, the farm celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.