FreeHeart Farm --Established in 1998 in the lovely Lamb Valley by Larry and Lynn Rolston, there are many gardens on the farm. A redwood grove in the front of the house provides shade and a tranquil setting. Behind the barn is a formal rose garden with a fountain and patio. Be sure to visit the event center which includes a pond and dry creek. Picnic spaces and refreshments available. Look for special parking entrance.
The Garden at Good Humus – Established in the Hungry Hollow area in 1984 by owners Jeff and Annie Main, this 20 acre organic farm grows flowers, herbs, fruits and is a source of beauty. Many flower garden plants came from Annie’s grandmother’s garden. Flowering trees and shrubs, native hedgerows and Australian Beefwood create borders, leaving central areas for vegetables, flowers and the stone fruit orchards. Bring your picnic and walk the paths to find the perfect spot for a family lunch. Sale items include plants, fresh flower bouquets, jams, jellies and dried fruit. Returning in 2018 – "Make your own flower crown workshop at 11:00AM and 3PM ."
Capay Oaks Farm -- The gardens at Capay Oaks Farm feature drought tolerant plantings. Enter the property alongside the young olive orchard, park behind it, and walk down the drive, through the oaks and into the garden. The gardens surround the farmhouse. The garden is filled with unusual plants collected from many corners of the world. It also serves as a demonstration garden and propagation source for our nursery, Chamisa Ridge Nursery. At the farm garden we plant out the plants we sell to insure we have a continued source of propagation stock.
Leap Frog Farm – This small organic farm grows heirloom vegetables and fruit trees. Native plant hedgerows and Mediterranean shrubs surround a grove of cottonwoods, shading picnic spots for lunch, with a view of this year's young goats. Learn about building a straw bale house. Veggies and eggs will be for sale, as well as t-shirts silk- screened with original drawings of vegetables and farm animals. Live music will be through out the day. Returning in 2018– live music!
Full Belly Farm Gardens and Event Center – There are so many gardens here at the farm it is difficult to chose which one to see first! Join us for the grand opening of our Full Belly Kitchen and the newly planted drought-wise gardens surrounding it. Tour the event space and kitchen facilities. Next, swing by the straw bale house which is encircled by a berm covered in drought tolerant and California native plants. Gravel paths around the house take you past beds of Yucca and other succulents as well as through plantings of Euphorbias and lavender. Stroll through the acres of cut flowers where you will see perennials and annuals in full bloom. The rose arbor garden boasts 15 year old perennial plantings of a delicious mix of shrubs and trees. Finally, don’t forget your picnic lunch to be enjoyed on the grassy lawn area surrounded by the newly planted brick berm. Farm fresh goodies, including strawberries and flowers, will be for sale. Returning in 2018 – "Pick Your Own Bouquet after the workshop at 11:30AM and 2PM ."
Rumsey House -- The Inn's owner, Camilla Barry, moved to Capay Valley for its natural environment and her gardens show her appreciation of it. Logs, river rocks, fish pools, towering oak trees and woodland habitat, wild medicinal and edible plants are built into her garden. Birds, bats, bees, lizards, frogs and chickens are welcomed with feeders and shelter. The Inn is set amid an old 2-acre walnut grove, perfect for a picnic blanket spread on the ground.
Hutchens Garden -- Spectacular panoramic views of the river and valley. Located 1.2 miles up from the Rumsey Bridge, this new garden of Chamisa Ridge drought resistant plants and 30,000 square feet of fescue lawns, sits on a bluff above the river and hosts incredible views of the Cache Creek bend and Blue Ridge Mountains. E.R. evokes peace with its wilderness and wildlife views. Enjoy our stone patio in the shade of Mimosa and Sycamore trees, take a rest under one of the 500 year old oaks. Significant archaeology sites abound, hikes, ask the owner for details. Visitors are welcome to picnic on the lawn. Food and drink are available for purchase and complimentary water and sun tea is provided.
Points of Interest
Esparto Regional Library Garden-Bring your questions and talk to the Master Gardeners when you pick up your tickets in Esparto.
Séka Hills Olive Mill – This innovative addition to our valley welcomes mothers with complementary wine tasting and chocolate covered strawberries. Enjoy lunch on the patio and sample wines, olive oils, nuts, and wildflower honey.
Capay Valley Vineyards – Complementary wine tasting and souvenir glass for Mom. Wine tasting includes several varieties including Sparklings ! You can picnic here with a view of the green growing vineyard. Your hosts will be happy to discuss all aspects of growing wine.
Vernon Nichols Community Park- Come enjoy your boxed lunch in the sun! a great place to sit and enjoy the sounds of the creek and let your kids play. Will Baker Native Plant Garden- A community-based project whose goal is to create and tend an educational and beautiful garden, and a memorial to Will Baker, longtime local resident, author, UC Davis Professor, farmer, cowboy, and poet.
Guinda Corner Store -- Visit the historic corner store, with kids activities and vendors.
Western Yolo Grange – Purchase your boxed lunches here! Local crafts and plants available to purchase.
Chamisa Ridge Nursery – A wholesale nursery featuring plants suited to the arid west and to non-irrigated gardens. Their unique species are not readily available in the nursery trade and not often encountered in the landscape. They have put an emphasis on western natives, including beneficial bird and insect plants for agricultural lands, public landscapes, and private gardens.
Rumsey Town Hall – Built in 1903, enjoy the picnic area and restrooms. New in 2018 visit your local vendors and look at all the arts and crafts from the valley.