Agritourism in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta offers a wide range of options for urban families, foodies, wine enthusiasts and those who appreciate a rural lifestyle.
Farm Stands and U-Picks
The Delta celebrates its agricultural bounty with several crop festivals in addition to the wonderful County Fairs in Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Contra Costa and Yolo counties. The San Joaquin Asparagus Festival is usually in April, and HarvestTime in Brentwood is in July, as is the venerable Pear Fair in Courtland. October brings pumpkins: Steamboat Acres’ Pumpkins In The Pears, Dell’Osso Farms’ Pumpkin Maze, the Elk Grove Pumpkin Festival and Dixon’s Lambtown USA (not precisely in the Delta, but lots of sheep are raised on Delta farms!)
Wine tasting and all kinds of special events connected with wine are popular Delta attractions. Besides concerts, release parties, and passport events, many wineries host weddings and other private events as well. Find a winery featuring Delta-grown grapes at the Clarksburg Winegrowers and Vintners Association, the Lodi Winegrape Commission, and the Old Sugar Mill.
Commission Agritourism Support
The Commission supports programs to encourage Delta agritourism, as an economic enhancement opportunity and tool to educate the public about the Delta. The Commission has assisted the University of California Small Farm Program in hosting workshops on the topic of agritourism development, and incorporated agritourism in other recreational planning efforts. Goals of the proposed Delta National Heritage Area include the promotion of Delta agritourism, and supporting economic development by drawing visitors to sites which may include local markets, farmstays, and wineries.