Bet the farm on it

illustration by mark stivers

Sacramento is home to a bountiful selection of farmers markets. But there’s one thing even better than shopping at a farmers market: driving directly to the farm. This weekend’s Passport to the Farms Delta Grown Farm Trail event takes you directly to your local food source. The event—happening Saturday, August 11, and Sunday, August 12, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.—highlights the crops, animals and farmers in the Delta region of Sacramento, just south of Elk Grove. It’s a farm crawl of sorts: 15 different wineries and farms will await visitors with activities, tastings and items for sale. According to the event host, the Sacramento River Delta Grown Agri-Tourism Association, some helpful tips for the event include bringing cash, bringing an icebox to keep produce fresh in a hot car and watching out for tractors. Tickets are $15, and the event is free for children under 16. Visit to purchase tickets, print a map and for more information.