With many farmers not planting because of a drought, one Sacramento grocery store and restaurant is reviving an old farm in order to keep providing fresh and local produce.
But California’s dire water outlook will still mean higher prices at the market.
“Everything is going to be high across the board. We are looking at 25 percent minimum increases,” Danny Johnson, owner of Taylor’s Market and Taylor’s Kitchen in Land Park, said Wednesday.
The problem arises because of supply and demand. Many farmers are making the hard choice not to plant this year because there won’t be enough water for their crops and animals.
That is one of the reasons why Johnson, owner of Taylor’s Market and Taylor’s Kitchen, decided to rehab his old family farm to supplement his businesses to help keep prices down.
“We can control our own flow of produce,” Johnson said. “We don’t have a water problem here on our farm. We buy a miner’s inch from Placer County water agency.”
Wednesday, he spent the day clearing out the old brush from last year’s farm to make room for the crops he will need to fill his grocery store.
“Pumpkins, squash, stone fruit. Right now we have a lot of persimmons,” Johnson said.
At a state and federal meeting held Wednesday morning to discuss California’s grave water problem, unplanted farm land was a hot topic.
“So, our focus will be in providing technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who won’t be able to produce a crop this year and keeping that soil intact,” State Conservationist Carlos Suarez said.
Farmers will also receive funding help to transition their farms from a sprinkler irrigating system to a drip line system.
“We can help them install and manage that irrigation system,” Suarez said.
These fixes are for the future. As for this year, we will just have to pay more for the food we want.