Wine grapes, milk, and pears help keep Sacramento County agriculture at the top of its game, according to the newly released Crop & Livestock Report. The year 2013 brought in a crop production value of $457.3 million, the second highest in County history.
“Everyone knows Sacramento is fertile ground, but many may not know how significant this is to our living,” stated Juli Jensen, County Agricultural Commissioner. “A productive agricultural year for Sacramento means a better economy, fresher food, and healthier living overall.”
Wine grapes led the Top Five Commodities list yet again by raking in $141.2 million, making it a third of the County’s production value. Milk from livestock came in second with a total of $64.6 million due to a 10% price increase. Pears rose to the number three slot by grossing $42.6 million. Most pear farms have been growing in our region for generations, with some 100-year-old pear trees still bearing fruit. Sacramento’s poultry population, which consists mostly of turkeys, generated $33.4 million earning the fourth top commodity spot while field corn made fifth place with $26,131,000 earned.
“It’s clear to see why Sacramento is the Farm-to-Fork Capital of America,” said Bradley Hudson, Sacramento County Executive. “The quantity and quality of the County’s agricultural products continue to be source of pride.”
Sacramento County remains a rich region of productive soil, with an abundance of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, nuts, and milk. Most of the County farms that provide products for the Farm to Fork movement are located in the unincorporated areas. Local residents and visitors can enjoy these fresh foods by shopping at one of the Certified Farmer Markets in the County.