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Farm-to-Fork Festival returns to Capitol Mall



Family-friendly and free, the two-day Farm-to-Fork Festival begins Friday afternoon and runs through 6 p.m. Saturday. (Photos: Kathy Morrison)

Two days of food, fun and music fill free event

It’s Farm-to-Fork Week! Time to celebrate the bounty of the Sacramento region.

The annual street festival on the Capitol Mall kicks off Friday evening, Sept. 27, from 4 to 9 p.m. The fun, food and music continue Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

Stroll Capitol Mall on Friday night for food, beverages and
music.
Friday is devoted to free music and strolling with more than a mile of local food, regional wine, craft beer and other food-related vendors along Capitol Mall.

Saturday, the concerts continue along with a full slate of cooking and farm-related demonstrations.

Among the highlights of Saturday’s demonstration schedule are:

* At 11 a.m., learn flower arranging from Susi Destafani of Nugget Markets and a flower farmer from Full Belly Farm. Audience members will get to build their own bouquets and arrangements to take home.

* At noon, chef Jet Aguirre will show how plants can make a meal during the UC Davis Health cooking demonstration. On the menu: yam cakes, butternut squash and quinoa patty, red beet puree, mushrooms, tri-color cauliflower and fig gastrique.

* At 1 p.m., find out how to make a perfect cup of coffee with Nugget Markets’ Marcie Smith. She’ll cover bean selection, grinding and brew methods as well as share a simple recipe for making cold brew at home.

Also watch sous chefs and butchers compete in two separate challenges s well as other cooking demonstrations. Enter the festival at Fourth and N streets, Fifth and L streets, and Seventh and Capitol Mall.

For a full schedule, click on:
www.farmtofork.com .


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This week there’s plenty to keep gardeners busy. With no rain in the immediate forecast, remember to irrigate any new transplants.

* Weed, weed, weed! Get them before they flower and go to seed.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden is really hungry. Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

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* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

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* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

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* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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