The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is leading a bike ride out to Feeding Crane Farms, the newest organic farm in the area, on July 22 (Sunday). If you want to join in the fun and learn about an urban farm that focuses on supplying restaurants with specialty items and that recently started distributed a CSA box for home cooks, you have to act fast.
Deadline for registration is Tuesday (July 17). The cost is $15, which includes what will undoubtedly be a farm-fresh lunch. The leisurely ride to the farm in Natomas will leave Edible Pedal at 9 a.m., returning around 1 p.m. Round trip from midtown, it's about 15 miles. To register or to learn more, click here. You can also call the Co-op at (916) 455-2667.
If you're familiar with the local food scene, you may recognize Edible Pedal as the place that delivers food by bike from some of the city's better restaurants. The company grew into an actual bike shop in the L Street alley between 17th and 18th streets next to Old Soul.
These bike trips are a great way to explore the urban farm scene and meet like-minded people who care about good food that is grown responsibly. Feeding Crane Farms is off to an impressive start and seems headed for big things. The farm has a great story, good people and plenty of excellent ideas.
The Co-op has more such farm excursions planned, including a bike trip to Del Rio Botanicals in West Sacramento on Sept. 8. That one will include a farm tour as well as a wine and goat cheese tasting.
Blair Anthony Robertson is The Bee's restaurant critic. Follow him on Twitter, @blarob.