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Spend Saturday at the Farm with Soil Born


Visit the Soil Born Farms farmstand for fresh produce during "Saturday at the Farm." (Photos: Kathy Morrison)

American River Ranch offers fun, food for all ages

Enjoy a beautiful June day while getting in touch with your inner farmer at Soil Born Farms' "Saturday at the Farm."

From 9 a.m to 1 p.m. June 8, Soil Born's American River Ranch will host a bevy of farm-style fun for all ages. Temperatures will be in the low 80s on Saturday morning; mild compared to the heat ahead. This is a great chance to experience Sacramento's oldest continually working farm and a slice of the American River Parkway, too. Admission is free.

Kids can play under the pines, explore a labyrinth made out of fava beans, learn to make music and explore the fairy and gnome garden. Crafts include how to create twig boats that float.

Stevie Mello will provide live music while visitors stroll through the farm, take part in workshops or shop the farmstead, greenhouse and gift shop.

Hungry? The Culinary Arts team is serving lunch ($8), starting at 11 a.m. All proceeds benefit the program.
Take a walk through the grounds between activities.

Speaking of cooking, learn how to make farm-fresh early summer recipes during three cooking demonstrations using Soil Born produce. Tastings and samples will be offered throughout the event.

Take home some fruits and veggies, too. According to Soil Born, available Saturday from the farmstead: Gem lettuce, Dino kale, salad mix, baby bok choy, chard, Spigariello, kohlrabi, Piracicaba broccoli, cucumbers, salad turnips, summer squash, fennel, scallions, garlic scapes, clip top garlic, bay leaves, rosemary, mulberries and cherries. Also find local honey, jams and fresh eggs.

Located on the American River, the farm also offers a chance to see native plants, wildflowers in bloom and lots of birds on self-guided walks.

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It's wet to start the week. When you do get outside, between or after storms, concentrate on damage control:

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