Sacramento Digs Gardening logo
Sacramento Digs Gardening Article
Your resource for Sacramento-area gardening news, tips and events

Articles Recipe Index Keyword Index Calendar Twitter Facebook Instagram About Us Contact Us

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.


0 comments have been posted.

Taste Spring! E-cookbook


Find our spring recipes here!

Newsletter Subscription

Sacramento Digs Gardening to your inbox.

Thanks to our sponsor!

Be Water Smart

Local News

Ad for California Local

Dig In: Garden Checklist

For week of June 4:

Because of the comfortable weather, it’s not too late to set out tomato and pepper seedlings as well as squash and melon plants. They’ll appreciate this not-too-hot weather. Just remember to water.

* From seed, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, melons, squash and sunflowers.

* Plant basil to go with your tomatoes.

* Transplant summer annuals such as petunias, marigolds and zinnias.

* It’s also a good time to transplant perennial flowers including astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia, salvia and verbena.

* Let the grass grow longer. Set the mower blades high to reduce stress on your lawn during summer heat. To cut down on evaporation, water your lawn deeply during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m.

* Tie up vines and stake tall plants such as gladiolus and lilies. That gives their heavy flowers some support.

* Dig and divide crowded bulbs after the tops have died down.

* Feed summer flowers with a slow-release fertilizer.

* Mulch, mulch, mulch! This “blanket” keeps moisture in the soil longer and helps your plants cope during hot weather.

* Thin grapes on the vine for bigger, better clusters later this summer.

* Cut back fruit-bearing canes on berries.

* Feed camellias, azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

* Trim off dead flowers from rose bushes to keep them blooming through the summer. Roses also benefit from deep watering and feeding now. A top dressing of aged compost will keep them happy. It feeds as well as keeps roots moist.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushier plants with many more flowers in September.

Contact Us

Send us a gardening question, a post suggestion or information about an upcoming event.