On a warm August morning just before the sun rises from behind the eastern mountains to shine down on the acres of farm fields, cars began to gather on a narrow road west of Interstate 5. Some attendees come from as far away as Florida to wander through the neat rows of tomatoes, watermelons, squash, eggplant and more. White flags mark each the rows and each plant is numbered or named. People wandered through the plants stopping for a taste of watermelon or tomatoes. Names like Louisiana Long Green, Vine Peach, and Cinderella were labeled on each variety as people marked down choices in their workbooks for future purchase. Small groups discuss, under shade canopies, the traits that they found most desirable. Hundreds of choices give attendees view and taste what they could offer their customers next season. This gathering, “The Annual Field Day & Luncheon,” hosted by Seeds By Design, which is a local company that supplies seeds to farmers and seed sellers nationwide. It is one of many events that occurs in the Sacramento Valley to aid customers in their choice of products.
Later in the month, Morning Sun Farm in Vacaville, treated their customers to 85 different varieties of tomatoes to taste, as well as a look at their herb collection. These events along with the many farms that you can visit during harvest festivals are an important part of sharing the bounty and abundance of the Sacramento Valley. n