Anyone hailing from a colder clime marvels at the year-round bounty around here. Even in the middle of winter, our bins display a cornucopia of fresh, delicious produce, much of it from Full Belly Farms, a thirty year-old 350-acre certified organic farm in the Capay Valley, about 100 miles north of Sausalito.
Their annual “Hoes Down” festival in October, an 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. 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.
The farm owners are Andrew Brait, Judith Redmond, Paul Muller, and Dru Rivers. With help from about 60 employees, they farm an amazing diversity of vegetables, herbs, nuts, flowers, and fruits year-round. The farm also has a flock of chickens, a herd of sheep, a tribe of goats, and several cows. Through the year, they produce 80 different crops while following model environmental and labor practices. We’re proud to support their mission, and happy that they are one of the sources that help us bring you affordable, amazing choices.