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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
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: .


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For week of March 26:

Sacramento can expect another inch of rain from this latest storm. Leave the sprinklers off at least another week. Temps will dip down into the low 30s early in the week, so avoid planting tender seedlings (such as tomatoes). Concentrate on these tasks before or after this week’s rain:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Knock off aphids with a strong blast of water or some bug soap as soon as they appear.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to help corral blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees, which are now in bloom and setting fruit.

To prevent sunburn and borer problems on young trees, paint the exposed portion of the trunk with diluted white latex (water-based) interior paint. Dilute the paint with an equal amount of cold water before application.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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