Farm to Fork: A Brookfields Story

When we first started our Brookfields journey 40+ years ago in 1981, Sacramento was still known as the City of Trees. While it still carries that arboreal legacy, the Sacramento region has since been rebranded as America’s Farm to Fork Capitol. The idea was first brought to Visit Sacramento in 2012 by fellow restaurateur Josh Nelson of the Selland Family Restaurants. Former Mayor Kevin Johnson got involved and designated Sacramento as “America’s Farm to Fork Capitol” in honor of the region’s incredible food and agriculture. For those of us who live and work here, this title felt obvious and inevitable, because we’ve consistently served and eaten farm-fresh. The Sacramento region is an agricultural powerhouse – there’s no other major American city that is more centrally located amid such an incredible range of high-quality farms, ranches, and vineyards. Here are some other fun farm-to-fork facts about Sacramento (thanks to Visit Sacramento): 

  • The Sacramento region contains 1.5 million acres of regional farmland.
  • Sacramento is home to the largest CA Certified Farmers Market in the state and offers the most ethnically diversified market in both produce offerings and customer demographics.
  • The Sacramento region has more than 40 farmer’s markets, with many of them running year-round.
  • 99% of California’s rice crop is grown here.
  • California supplies 80% of the world’s almonds, with Sacramento-based Blue Diamond as the largest almond processor in the world. 
  • Wine grapes have been the #1 crop in Sacramento County for 10+ years. It’s a little-known fact that many of the grapes used in Napa are grown in the greater Sacramento region!
  • We live in one of only six Mediterranean climates globally, which are the best places to grow food. 

We’ve certainly benefited from all this bountiful produce in the greater Sacramento area! All three of our Brookfields Restaurants source the freshest ingredients from local growers, meaning our customers are treated to a genuinely homemade farm-to-fork meal each time they dine with us!

Locally-Sourced

With access to the freshest produce and ingredients straight from the farms in our “backyard”, we’re proud to serve our customers homemade, farm-fresh meals! Over the years, we’ve built lasting relationships with our local farmers and producers to ensure that we’re always serving you food you can trust. Here’s a look at some of our partnerships.

Farm-Fresh Eggs

We opened the doors of our first restaurant more than 40 years ago, and since day one, we’ve sourced our eggs from the same local man, Jerry!

Certified Angus Beef

All three of our restaurants purchase their meat from a facility here in East Sacramento: Reeds Gourmet Meat Co. Since they started in 1966, their facility is USDA-inspected, and they pride themselves on mastering the essentials needed for proper meat processing: cleanliness, sanitation, and food safety. We’ve bought our meat from Reeds since 1997, especially since they provide some of the highest quality naturally-aged, freshly-cut Certified Angus Beef.

Wholesome + Homemade

When we say homemade, we mean it! Our family recipes have been passed down through the generations, and we love sharing our traditional meals with our customers! Since we’re big fans of homemade food, many of our menu items are made from scratch, including our muffins, scones, strawberry jam, country gravy, and fresh-roasted salsa, to name a few. Our orange juice is freshly squeezed daily, with no sugar added, and even our seasoned salt and whipped cream are homemade!

Stanislaus Food Products

We love working with Stanislaus Food Products, who provide us with their “best of the best” canned tomato products. They’re a family-owned company with “Real Italian” values, whose goal is to provide their tomatoes from vine to can in under 6 hours. This process captures the fresh flavors of the tomatoes. They also offer several other “ready to serve” products, such as sauces and bases.

Umpqua Dairy

Founded in 1931, Umpqua Dairy makes natural, locally-made products that are nationally-recognized for their quality. They make everything from milk, butter, and cream to juice, punch, and frozen yogurts!

Is your mouth starting to water after reading about all our incredible partners and their delicious products? Us too! We’d love to serve you one of our farm-fresh meals made with many of these ingredients. We look forward to serving you!

Did you know?

Did you know that Brookfields Restaurants use solar power? Learn more about our commitment to wholesome food and a healthy community on the Quality Standards page.