If you love local, sustainably-​farmed food, Cal­i­for­nia pear farm­ers have what you’re look­ing for. This week, a group of Cal­i­for­nia pear farm­ers has launched a cam­paign to pro­mote pears pro­duced in and around Sacra­mento as part of the America’s Farm-​to-​Fork Cap­i­tal movement.

Nearly all pears from Cal­i­for­nia are grown in small com­mu­ni­ties near Sacra­mento. Each year in early July pears begin har­vest­ing from the Sacra­mento Delta grow­ing area and then in neigh­bor­ing Lake and Men­do­cino coun­ties later in the month. That means that locally-​grown pears are plen­ti­ful in sum­mer and through­out the fall.

“We’re hop­ing to get con­sumers excited about locally-​grown pears and the farm­ers who grow them,” said Chris Zanobini, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Cal­i­for­nia Pear Advi­sory Board, which is head­quar­tered in Sacra­mento. “Pear farm­ers are big sup­port­ers of the America’s Farm-​to-​Fork Cap­i­tal pro­gram and we’re help­ing to spread the word about foods grown near Sacra­mento with a num­ber of spe­cial events, give­aways and pro­mo­tions for Sacra­mento area consumers.”

To learn about upcom­ing events and find par­tic­i­pat­ing stores and restau­rants, con­sumers should visit the new and improved web­site of the Cal­i­for­nia Pear Advi­sory Board at www​.cal​pear​.com. The new site fea­tures a wealth of infor­ma­tion, recipes and farmer pro­files to share with con­sumers. A spe­cial sec­tion on local Farm-​to-​Fork events involv­ing pears was cre­ated specif­i­cally for Sacramento-​area con­sumers. . In con­junc­tion, a social media pro­gram tar­geted at local Sacramento-​area con­sumers has also been launched.

Sacra­mento pear lovers can sign up to receive a new e-​newsletter called America’s First Pear Chron­i­cle, which will be used to notify sub­scribers of con­tests, events and give­aways, such as:

Win a Box of Locally-​Grown Pears — Sub­scribers to the America’s First Pear Chron­i­cle are auto­mat­i­cally entered into a draw­ing to win a box of Cal­i­for­nia pears that will be given away twice a month dur­ing Cal­i­for­nia pear sea­son from August through Novem­ber. Sign up for the newslet­ter now!

August is Pear Month: Sev­eral Farm-​to-​Fork restau­rants in and around Sacra­mento are com­pet­ing in a pear recipe con­test and will fea­ture deli­cious dishes using Cal­i­for­nia pears through­out the month of August. Par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants include: Dawson’s Steak­house; Fat’s Asia Bistro; the Thun­der Val­ley Cafe and High Steaks restau­rants at Thun­der Val­ley Casino; Hook & Lad­der Man­u­fac­tur­ing Com­pany; Our House; Taste Restau­rant; Ten22; Vol­cano Union Inn and Woody’s Grill & Bar. Din­ers can learn more about sig­na­ture recipes and par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants here.

The same time on the evening of Sep­tem­ber 27 on a smaller bridge near the town of Wal­nut Grove in the heart of the Delta pear-​growing region. The din­ner will fea­ture all locally-​grown prod­ucts, pre­pared by local chefs and served in a beau­ti­ful set­ting. Stay tuned. Tick­ets will go on sale soon.

Win Tick­ets to the Farm-​to-​Fork Tower Bridge Gala — Cal­i­for­nia pear farm­ers will give away two tick­ets to the sold-​out Farm-​to-​Fork Tower Bridge Gala as part of a Face­book con­test. Fol­low us on Face­book and stay tuned for more details on how to enter.

“Other con­tests and events are also planned,” said Zanobini. “Con­sumers should look for locally-​grown pears in Sacra­mento area stores and restau­rants from now through Novem­ber. If you don’t see Cal­i­for­nia pears in your store or on the menu – ask for them!”

The Cal­i­for­nia Pear Advi­sory board was estab­lished in March 1992 as a state agri­cul­tural mar­ket­ing order orga­nized under the Cal­i­for­nia Agri­cul­tural Mar­ket­ing Act of 1937, which allows farm­ers to assess them­selves to fund var­i­ous indus­try pro­grams. The Cal­i­for­nia Pear Advi­sory Board rep­re­sents farm­ers who proudly grow both fresh and processed Cal­i­for­nia Pears with safety, tra­di­tion and the envi­ron­ment always in mind.