In Northern California, you will find a unique region in between Sacramento and San Francisco based around the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and with over 1,000 miles of levees and waterways intertwined. The California Delta region is one of the most productive agricultural areas in the country and the considered the heart of California’s water supply system.The California Delta plays a huge role in California’s economy and infrastructure but is often overlooked as the tourism destination it deserves to be. From wine tasting to pear picking to water recreation, the California Delta provides opportunities to both relax and explore.
Beyond, the destination itself, the California Delta is worth a visit to experience the type of community where families have lived for generations, working in the same industries, and supporting their fellow local businesses. From the gallery owner to the pear growers, each face you meet has an interesting story to tell about the region and the community they live in.
Note: Some tickets and meals were provided at no cost to the author. All opinions remain my own.
Unique Farm to Fork Pear Experience
I recently had the opportunity to head into the California Delta for an exceptional Farm to Fork event, the California Pear Bridge Dinner. This dinner took place just outside of Walnut Grove on a charming bridge as we watched the sun set over the Delta.
The meal highlighted the beautiful California Pears grow right in the region, as well as local tomatoes, endives, cheese, wines, and beers. Whether it was the endive, pear & blue cheese salad, the pork roast with caramelized pears or the simple desert of beautiful chocolate, pears, and cheese, the dinner emphasized the local pear growers craft and role in California cuisine.
Beyond, the food itself this dinner highlighted the community that exists in the Delta, which you can feel on just about any visit. Sitting with families that had been working side by side for generations both in growing the California Pear industry and also pushing for the success of the overall Delta region. Their support of local businesses and pride in those that have earned national success is inspiring.
Finding Your Own Local Experience In the California Delta
While you might not find the Pear Bridge Dinner all the time, you can create your own local, farm-to-fork experience in the Delta.
Enjoy the Fresh Produce
Down in the Delta you can find some of the freshest produce around. From stands selling what came off the farm that week or even picking your own. During the summer, you can head down to do your own pear picking at spots like Double M Farms. Or tour a farm and get to know more about the region at Steamboat Acres.
Take in the Scenery
From the agriculture land to the waterways, the Delta is filled with absolute beauty. Don’t take the most direct route to your destination, instead make sure to wind along the river for a little while. You’ll get a better feel for the land and the region. From the vines to the groves the land itself is breathtaking.
Stop for a Taste of Wine
The California Delta has been gaining its legs as a wine region in California. With big names like Bogle and many smaller production wineries, you will find high-quality wine at beautiful and down to earth properties. For some tips on visiting the wineries in the Delta click here.
Explore Walnut Grove
Right in the Delta you’ll find the town of Walnut Grove. A picturesque town that has kept up the beautiful old buildings along the river. As you wander, you’ll stumble across art galleries, craft stores, and tasty restaurants. Grab a casual bite a Wimpy’s or Maya’s Trading Company. If you’re looking for an afternoon treat, Mel’s Mocha & Ice Cream is a must. If it’s a nice dinner you want swing by Giustis Place, our chef for the Pear Bridge Dinner.
An Industry, Community & Destination
Our trip down to attend the California Pear Bridge Dinner gave us the amazing opportunity to get to know the pear growers industry on another level, the community of the Delta, and the quality destination the region is. If you’re based in Northern California taking a day trip down to explore all that the Delta has to offer is a must.
Have you had a chance to explore the California Delta before? If so, what were your favorite finds?