Congressman Ami Bera Celebrates National Farmers Market Week with Farm-to-Fork Tour in Elk Grove, Florin, Sloughhouse
Florin – This week, Congressman Ami Bera (CA-7) celebrated National Farmers Market Week with a farm-to-fork tour of the 7th District that included a children’s cooking class in Elk Grove, a visit to the Florin Farmers Market, and a tour of Davis Ranch in Sloughhouse. Sacramento County sits at the heart of one of the most vibrant agricultural areas in the world, with over $495 million in crop production in 2014 alone.
“As a doctor and a dad, I know that ensuring our kids and families have access to healthy, fresh food is critical to their health and success,” Bera said. “Agriculture is the backbone of our local economy, and our farmers produce some of the best crops in the world. I was happy to have the chance to see local programs in action this week that bring our world-class produce from farms to markets to tables right here in Sacramento County. We must continue to support our farmers and programs that help folks get the nutritious food they need to lead healthy lives.”
Bera’s farm-to-fork tour began with a visit to a children’s cooking class in Elk Grove, where Dr. Bera discussed the importance of healthy habits and nutrition. The class was hosted by the Food Literacy Center, a Sacramento-based group that teaches low-income elementary children the importance of healthy cooking and nutrition.
Congressman Bera toured the farmers market in Florin this morning, where he met with local farmers to discuss the unique challenges they face, and learn how Congress can help markets like these that accept payment assistance like food stamps to get fresh foods into underserved communities. This afternoon, he toured Davis Ranch, which grows and supplies seasonal produce to Sacramento County.
More photos of Congressman Bera’s farm-to-fork tour can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskEVy9NR