Oct
6
to Oct 7

Hoes Down Festival

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The 31st Annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival will be on October 6th and 7th, 2018.

This all-day celebration of the harvest season offers a unique opportunity to enjoy rural life on an organic family farm, with educational tours, workshops, hayrides and an abundance of food and music.

The Hoes Down has been featured in National Geographic magazine. The Children’s Area has been described as “the best in the state.”

There’s something for everyone in the family at the Hoes Down. Kids have their own area with arts and crafts, nature walks, storytelling, games, a petting zoo, hay rides, and terrific contests. Other all-ages activities include hands-on workshops, craft booths, farmers’ market, farm tours, dancing, and much more.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Hoes Down Harvest Festival, please email. Thank you for your support!

For more details, go to the Hoes Down Festival website at www.hoesdown.org or www.facebook.com/hoesdown.

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Feb
24
8:00 AM08:00

Capay Valley Almond Festival

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Our 104th anniversary Almond Festival is coming up soon! The Capay Valley Almond Festival began in 1915 and has long been a Northern California tradition. The only six town event in Northern California, the festival is a showcase of the Esparto/Capay Valley Region. The communities of Madison, Esparto, Capay, Brooks, Guinda, and Rumsey all have something exciting and fun to offer the whole family the whole day long! Entertainment, crafts, good food and fun for all members of the family are yours to enjoy. It is a wonderful time to see the beauty of the whole Capay Valley and to meet many of the wonderful people who live and work in the area.

Want to be a Vendor at the Capay Valley Almond Festival? Check back in December to apply for a booth.

The Almond Tree is the most mysterious nut tree and is mentioned in the bible in the book of Numbers 17:8. Its crop is very valuable to our state and California is the only place in North America that grows almonds commercially. A $2 billion industry, more than 6,000 growers devote an estimated 530,000 acres in the Central Valley to almonds — California’s largest tree nut crop — in a stretch of land extending from below Bakersfield in the south to Red Bluff in the north. For more information about almonds and recipes, go to www.almonds.com.

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May
13
10:00 AM10:00

11th Annual Capay Valley Mother’s Day Farm and Garden Tour

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The Capay Valley is home to an amazing array of gardeners and farmers, ranging from a 2-acre homesteading garden to a 20-acre floral production field.   There definitely is something to delight everyone.  Most of all, it will a delightful day to spend with your Mother.

At least 7 gardens will be on display sprinkled throughout the Capay Valley’s towns of Esparto, Capay, Brooks, Guinda and Rumsey. Along with the colorful gardens, there are other points of interest including great picnic locations, antique shopping and delicious wine tasting.

The Guinda Commons Farm Kitchen will be providing a picnic lunch for those wanting to purchase a locally sourced meal. The farm and garden tours are all self-guided, so you can take your time and linger at those gardens that really draw you in.

There will be a large array of Workshops offered throughout the day including:

  • Floral demonstration by local Event Florist Hannah Muller, including a “pick your own bouquet” at Full Belly Farm
  • Boutonniere and Flower Crown bar at Good Humus Produce
  • Many other wonderful hands-on workshops showcasing the best of spring flowers, herbalism & art

The local gardeners make the day an especially exceptional event.  Annie Main from Good Humus has a wonderful 30-year old botanical garden, including plants from her great grandmother, interspersed with flowers and herbs used especially for wedding arrangements and market bouquets.  Annie’s knowledge of plants and plant care is dizzying. Annie will be at Good Humus to answer any gardening questions.

For those who are looking to purchase plants, the Chamisa Ridge Nursery will be open all day. The nursery’s focus is on unique species and exceptional forms not readily available in the nursery trade. Chamisa Ridge Nursery specializes in plants both beautiful and visually sympathetic to the spirit of the West, especially useful for not-irrigated landscapes.

COST  
The garden tour costs $10.00 per person.  Children under 12 are free. You may bring your own picnic and spread a blanket out under a tree at one of the gardens. Be sure to pick up a local lunch box available for $12.00 at the Guinda Western Yolo Grange Hall. Each workshop is only $10.00.  Better yet, get 3 for $25.00.

All proceeds from the garden tour, benefit community beautification and enhancement projects in the Capay Valley.

Please visit www.thecapayvalleygardentour.com to purchase tickets online or call 530 796-3464 for more information.

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Feb
25
8:00 AM08:00

Capay Valley Almond Festival

The Capay Valley Almond Festival is Sunday February 25, 2018! First held 1915, the festival has become a treasured tradition. The only six-town event in Northern California, the festival is a showcase of the Esparto/Capay Valley Region. It began in the fall after the harvest and moved years later to the spring, in order to show off the lovely blossoms.

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The Almond Tree is the most mysterious nut tree and is mentioned in the bible in the book of Numbers 17:8. Its crop is very valuable to our state and California is the only place in North America that grows almonds commercially. A $2 billion industry, more than 6,000 growers devote an estimated 530,000 acres in the Central Valley to almonds — California’s largest tree nut crop — in a stretch of land extending from below Bakersfield in the south to Red Bluff in the north. For more information about almonds and recipes, go to www.almonds.com.

For more information about the Almond Festival, call (530) 787-3242 or email: espartoregionalchamber@gmail.com

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