If the region’s Farm-to-Fork festivities have piqued your interest in all things agricultural, you’ll be delighted to know that three new farm trail maps have recently made their debut.
“What,” you might ask, “is a farm trail map?”
While regional farm trail maps can differ widely in design, content and sophistication, their purpose is to encourage consumers to come out with family and friends to enjoy the beautiful, bountiful agricultural land that surrounds us. Maps assist visitors in locating participating farms in a particular area, and indicate what each offers in terms of products and experiences (such as tours, hay rides, corn mazes, etc). Designated wildlife preserves, wineries, breweries and other local food artisans and craftspeople such as cheesemakers, honey producers and weavers may also be included on a farm trail map.
The new maps that have recently been released are the Sacramento River Delta Grown Agritourism Association map; the Capay Valley Farm Trail Map; and the North Yuba Grown Farm Trail Map. All offer a raft of fun, interesting activities and places to visit in some of the prettiest and least explored areas of our region. So the next time you have a hankering to get closer to the earth and reconnect with the folks who grow and craft our food, consider a day on a local farm trail.