Capay Tomato

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Saturday – July 18, 2015

3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Our Farm - 23800 State Highway 16, Capay, California 95607

Come out to our farm in Capay for a festive evening of all things tomato! Enjoy heirloom & cherry tomato tasting, live music and dancing, delicious local food, local wine & beer and much more. Pack a picnic for the Best Guest Picnic Contest. Bring your family, friends, appetite and your dancing shoes for an unforgettable event.

Camp with us on the farm! Reserve a campsite and spend the night in our orchards. Proceeds from the event benefit the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture.

ADMISSION

Advance Tickets

$20 per adult – purchase by July 16th

FREE to kids 12 and under

Day of Event Tickets

$25 per person (at the door) – purchase at the farm on day of event

CAMPING:

Sleep under the stars and among fruit trees. Reserve a camp site in our orchards. Tent camping only. No RV’s.

$35 Advance Campsite Reservations – Purchase by July 16th

$40 Day-of-Event Campsite Reservations – Available First-Come / First-Serve Basis

For more details, and to purchased tickets: https://capaytomato2015.eventbrite.com

Capay Cinco de Mayo

Cinco Banner 2015 for Capay Organic

Saturday – May 2, 2015

4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Our Farm - 23800 State Highway 16, Capay, California 95607

Join us at our farm in Capay for a fun-filled evening! Bring the whole family to partake in the festivities! Participate in an arts and crafts activity or join in on a soccer game. There will be music and dancing, fantastic local food, margaritas and more!

Camp with us on the farm! Reserve a campsite and spend the night in our orchards. Proceeds from the event benefit the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture.

ADMISSION

Advance Tickets

$15 per adult – purchase by Friday, May 1st

FREE to kids 12 and under

Day of Event Tickets

$20 per person (at the door) – purchase at the farm on day of event

CAMPING:

Sleep under the stars and among fruit trees. Reserve a camp site in our orchards. Tent camping only. No RV’s.

$35 Advance Campsite Reservations – Purchase by May 1st

$40 Day-of-Event Campsite Reservations – Available First-Come / First-Serve Basis

For more details, and to purchased tickets: https://capaycincodemayo2015.eventbrite.com

 

5K Fun Run with Your Farmer!

 

Get your running shoes on, and come join our farmer Thaddeus and his family for a 5K run on the farm! This fun run is a family friendly event. Runners and walkers of all skill levels are invited to come and enjoy a fun, relaxing run around the farm to support a great cause.

Price of the Fun Run includes admission to the Farm Tour immediately following. Stay for a Farm Talk with Thaddeus, tractor-tram rides, a petting zoo, arts & crafts, a harvest activity and more! The tour is from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

All proceeds from the Fun Run will benefit the KBNP.

FUN RUN DETAILS

When: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Where: Farm Fresh To You Farm, Capay, CA

Price: $15 per person (includes Farm Tour admission)

Kids 12 and under FREE*

All minors must be accompanied by an adult who is registered for the run.

(Not recommended for children under the age of 5.)

Sign up for the Farm Tour and the Fun Run here!

Fun Run sign-in starts at 10:00 a.m.

Fun Run starts at 10:30 a.m.

Course: The Fun Run is a scenic route along the dirt roads of our farm in Capay. Please wear suitable shoes. Jogging strollers permitted. No pets please. Run will happen rain or shine.

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place runners in the adult and 12 and under categories.

FARM TOUR DETAILS 
 When: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Where: Farm Fresh To You Farm, Capay, CA

Price: $5 per person

Kids 12 and under FREE*

Tour from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

We hope to see you there!

Seasonal Dinner with Farmer and Chef

 

Farm Fresh To You Seasonal Dinner with the Grange

 

4-Course dinner and wines shared with farmer and chef. This dinner benefits the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture (KBNP) and the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.


Join Us Sunday – March 1st

at Grange at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento

Hosted by Farm Fresh To You

Together, Farm Fresh To You and Grange Restaurant and Bar welcome you to sit down to a seasonal, farm-to-fork dinner with your farmer, Thaddeus Barsotti and Chef, Oliver Ridgeway. Join us for a unique experience with local wines from Clarksburg Wine Company and a wonderful meal made with some of the season’s best, organic ingredients – all for two great causes.

 

 

During the evening, farmer Thaddeus and chef Ridgeway will share about their inspiration behind making this meal, the farm-fresh ingredients and the passion behind sharing seasonal dinners with folks like you!

 

For tickets and more information visit https://fftygrangedinner.eventbrite.com

 

A Farm-to-Fork Charity Benefit

Join us in savoring the deliciously fleeting flavors of summer with farmer and chef at our upcoming Seasonal Dinner on the farm! Sit down to a fantastic open-air feast in the shade of our beautiful, old oak trees.

SUNDAY – August 17th
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Our Farm, Capay

Together, Capay Organic / Farm Fresh To You and Grange Restaurant & Bar welcome you to sit down to a seasonal, farm-to-table dinner with your farmer, Thaddeus Barsotti. Join us for a unique dining experience with local wines and beer, and a wonderful meal made with some of the season’s best, organic ingredients – all for a good cause. Our Seasonal Dinner benefits the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture and the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

Grange’s dishes originate from a fusion of American and International influences, presented in a simple and accessible style. The menu is developed around local, organic and seasonal ingredients, reflecting the modern sensibilities of supporting sustainable farming. Enjoy a special four-course menu designed by Executive Chef Oliver Ridgeway that features produce fresh from our Farm Fresh To You farm.

During the evening, farmer Thaddeus and chef Ridgeway will share about their inspiration behind making this meal, the farm-fresh ingredients and the passion behind sharing seasonal dinners with folks like you!

4-Course dinner with wine shared with farmer and chef benefits the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture and the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services

From Our Farm To Your Fork!

For more tickets and more information: summerfarmfeast2014.eventbrite.com/

Because of You

Kathy Barsotti

 

Our parents started our farm in 1976 with a vision and passion for organic and sustainable agriculture that led them to become early pioneers in this movement. In 1992, our mother, Kathleen Barsotti, founded Farm Fresh To You, our Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) service, delivering farm-fresh, local, organic produce to homes and offices in California. It was her belief that an important part of sustainable agriculture is connecting people to the land that grows their food.
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After a courageous nine-year battle with breast cancer, our mother passed away in 2000. As a way to honor her memory, the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture (KBNP) was created in 2009. The goal of the non-profit is to promote the method of agriculture that Kathleen supported, a method that preserves the land for future generations, protects the people who work on the farm and contributes to the local economy.

CONNECTING WITH OUR COMMUNITY

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In 2009, the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit began its activities by awarding a $500 scholarship to a young student planning to study agriculture and promote sustainable practices after graduation. This scholarship has been awarded to a new student every year since.

 

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As it was always very important to Kathleen to give back to the farm-worker community, one of the goals of KBNP is to increase the resources that are available to farm workers and their families.

Our additional programs include providing backpacks filled with school supplies to children of farm workers, providing a yearly college scholarship to a young-adult with ambitions of working in sustainable agriculture, supporting English-as-a-second-language classes for farm workers, and educating the public on the importance of sustainable farms.

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School Supplies and Backpack Program

 

BECAUSE OF YOU!

Each year, the farm in Capay has three special events that bring our various communities together at the Capay Organic/Farm Fresh To You farm to enjoy live music, fantastic local food and an opportunity to meet their farmer and connect with the land that grows their food. Our events are another way that we raise awareness and support for KBNP.

 

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Silent Auction at our Capay Tomato event.

 

This year, we added Seasonal Farm-to-Fork Dinners to our line up of special events. These dinners have provided a unique experience to sit down with farmer and chef, enjoy a meal together and share about the mutual passion for sustainable and organic practices.

 

Seasonal Dinner with Farmer & Chef
Seasonal Farm-to-Fork Dinner at Mulvaney’s B&L Restaurant.

These events have allowed us to provide more education and support than ever before!  But there’s something else that happened this year that stole our hearts and show us that our mother’s life work and dreams are taking root and growing!

This year we promoted our annual backpack/school supplies drive in our newsletter and on our Farm Fresh To You Facebook page and you, our community reached back with an outpouring of over $3,800 from these efforts alone!

Together, this year we were able to receive and fill over 600 backpack requests from farm workers both at our farm and local partner farms in northern and southern California!

We are so honored by the outpouring of generosity from our community.  Whether it’s being part of our family farm, a CSA member or by attending our events, thank you – thank you for supporting our non-profit and a better way of farming!

 

Giving Back to Farmworker Families

Our harvest crews have been doing an excellent job at getting the bounty of the summer harvest out of the field. With the increase in work associated with the summer, we have added a group of temporary help – many of whom are students spending their summer away from school working. They show up eager and our experienced year-round employees are happy to get their help and provide the time needed to train the new people on the best way to harvest crops.

This cycle of students and seasonal workers working on farms in the summer is not new; in fact, it is the reason that summer is the season that schools take off. It was not that long ago that everyone had to pitch in during the summer to get the crops harvested and when schools developed their annual cycle, the reality of working to harvest crops in the summer was so huge that it dictated the school schedule.

As the new school year comes around again, the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture is excited to donate new back packs with school supplies to the children of farm workers both on our farm and other local farms.

Carol, my brother Freeman’s wife, started the non-profit to honor our late mother who was always very conscious about the hard and essential work that is provided to our farm by the community. Mom paid attention to her farm workers and did whatever she could to support them and their families in their effort to live healthy, productive lives.

We raise money for this effort at our large events on our Capay farm. Last year, we were able to donate 443 backpacks and this year we expect an even greater need.

For this reason, we would really appreciate any donations you can provide our mom’s non-profit. These funds will go directly toward buying backpacks and school supplies that will be given to the children of the farm workers. We go from farm to farm to get sign-ups for the backpacks and then for distribution. It is support like these backpacks that show these kids that their society cares about them and wants them to do well in school and do the best they can for themselves and their community.

To donate, please visit our KBNP website at http://bit.ly/KBNPdonate

Thank you for your support.

- Thaddeus

Capay Tomato Festival 2012 - Our Thanks!

Capay Tomato Festival 2012

Thank you to everyone who came out to our 5th-Annual Capay Tomato Festival in support of the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture (KBNP).

Capay Tomato Festival 2012

Opening our farm for monthly farm tours and events like our Capay Tomato Festival never ceases to move us, and remind us how very important and humbling it is to share this land with you, our community, the folks that allow us to continue growing organic fruits and vegetables and continue growing our work for a better, more sustainable food system for all.

Capay Tomato Festival 2012

Thank you to all who joined us and helped to make this event such a success!   We want to once again thank our amazing employees for their hard work in readying and sharing our farm with visitors.  Many, many thanks go to all the amazing companies, organizations and individuals who donated to our Silent Auction benefiting the KBNP.  We are so very grateful!

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We’d also like to thank the many partners who made the event delicious and fun…

Tacos Jesus Maria, Caffe Italia and Cracchiolo’s Market for the amazing local tacos, wood-fired pizzas and sandwiches; The Pleasant Valley Boys, Miss Lonely Hearts and Old Man Markley for their amazing talents that set the day to music.

Add to that The Pop Nation for their refreshing popsicles; Seka Hills and Whole Vine for sharing their olive and grapeseed oils and Bay Area Bee Company for honey tasting; Dilly Dally the Clown for creative face painting, Harmony Henna for their original henna tattoos; and the Health Education Council for providing delicious, healthy recipe ideas!

Capay Tomato Festival 2012

As visitors danced around the twinkle-lit stage late into the night, little ones fell asleep in chairs with dirty little feet hanging over the edges. As the festival wound down, you could hear those not staying to camp marveling at the stars as they headed back to their cars.  Still today, there is quite a buzz around the farm about the fun times that were had by all.

Thank you again to everyone who came out to help us celebrate all things tomato – and to make that connection between the sustainable organic food we grow and the food you all enjoy.

Be sure to check out our photos from the event.  We hope to see you again next year!

First Annual Capay Crush Festival

I shoveled about two dozen scoops of fresh, Syrah grapes into the ‘stomping tub’ and stood back, leaning on my shovel and dreaming about cool grapes squishing under bare feet. A half an hour later, dozens of guests were taking off their shoes, rolling up their pants, and living the dream!

Our First Annual Capay Crush was held on our farm in Capay the last Sunday in September, and it was great fun! Like our Capay Tomato event in July, our Capay Crush event benefits our Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture.

Although some mid-day showers threatened to muddy up the afternoon, the sun broke through the rain clouds in time to dry the ground and shine up the Capay Valley into a beautiful, bright backdrop.

The Grenache grapes on the vines perked up during the brief rain and looked wonderful in the sun as guests pulled off clusters and ate bunches. All around me people were harvesting grapes by hand, eating grapes by mouth, and crushing grapes by feet!

Freshly Picked Grapes

Then there was the wine.

I saw faces concentrated in sipping, swirling and smelling the many local vintages that six wonderful local wineries brought to Capay Crush to be sampled. Tempranillo, Viognier, Malbec, Zinfindel, Syrah, Chardonnay, Cabernet and more were poured in glasses, tasted and scored on tasting sheets all evening long.

Fascinating insights into the finer points of wine tasting were presented in our Wine Talk by Dr. David Block of the UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Department. My favorite part: Dr. Block had volunteers come on stage to sample and compare tasting notes to prove the differences in personal preference and taste. Volunteers used a wine aroma wheel to identify the flavors and smells in their wine – grapefruit, fruity, oaky, spicy were among the responses.

The live music was lovely. The tractor rides were picturesque thanks to the morning rain and sun beams. The photo booth activity we had set up couldn’t have had a prettier backdrop as the sun lowered and lengthened the shadows in the hills that flank the valley.

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The sun set over the valley and the event was winding down as folks stopped by the market stand to buy some Capay Organic carrots or tomatoes or figs on their way out. I saw a lot of smiling couples and happy families, but the pleasure was all ours. We love having folks out on the farm!  Hope to see you at next year’s Capay Crush!


PHOTOS: 
View a slideshow of images from our Capay Crush event here.

 

 

WINERIES: A big thank you to these local wineries pouring at Capay Crush:

- Berryessa Gap – http://www.berryessagap.com/
- Capay Valley Vineyards – http://www.capayvalleyvineyards.com/
- Rominger West – http://www.romingerwest.com/
- Seka Hills – http://www.sekahills.com/
- Simas Family Vineyards – http://www.simasfamilyvineyard.com/
- Turkovich Family Wines – http://turkovichwines.com/

 

 

Kathleen Barsotti

Kathleen was a pioneer in the organic agriculture movement founding one of Northern California's first certified organic farms, playing an instrumental role in the creation of the renowned Davis Farmers Market, and starting the successful CSA Farm Fresh To You.

She is beloved by all who knew her as a devoted student to ecological sciences, an excellent farmer, and loving mother of four sons.