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Debut set for state’s first farm-to-table community

The Farmhouse at The Cannery in Davis,  which is being called the first farm-to-table new home community in California. The model-home grand opening is Saturday. The 547-unit mixed-use neighborhood features farmland, packing barn, a farmhouse that is currently used as a sales office, energy efficient homes, apartments and condominiums, a recreational center and retail shops.
The Farmhouse at The Cannery in Davis, which is being called the first farm-to-table new home community in California. The model-home grand opening is Saturday. The 547-unit mixed-use neighborhood features farmland, packing barn, a farmhouse that is currently used as a sales office, energy efficient homes, apartments and condominiums, a recreational center and retail shops. lsterling@sacbee.com

Developers are promising a very different sort of vibe this weekend when they unveil The Cannery, a Davis housing project they’re calling the state’s first farm-to-table community.

“It will be an experience,” said Kevin Carson, an executive with project master developer New Home Co., who is expecting 5,000 visitors Saturday and Sunday.

First off, there’s a working farm – with a weathered barn as its signature – on the eastern edge of the 100-acre, tree-lined project on East Covell Boulevard, just a mile or so from downtown Davis.

Now planted with corn, tomatoes, zucchinis and fruit trees, the 71/2-acre farm will be run by the Winters-based Center for Land-Based Learning. It will be a training ground for future farmers and something of an homage to the area’s ag history and, more specifically, the Hunt-Wesson packing plant that operated at the site from the 1950s to 1990s.

The ag theme carries over to the rest of the community, with bee, owl and bat abodes – yes, bat “boxes” – along with split-rail fencing, community gardens and fruit or nut trees planted in every yard in the eventual 550-residence project.

The homes, 14 of which will be on display this weekend, will range from the mid-$400,000s for attached row house-style units to slightly over $1 million for New Home’s largest Sage-neighborhood models. All homes feature solar-powered electricity, LED lighting, tankless water heaters and electric car chargers.

Another focus is having residences – built by Shea and Standard Pacific Homes as well as New Home – that enable aging in place, with most having wide hallways to accommodate wheelchairs, first-floor bedrooms and an option for lower counters.

Carson said this is the first community of its size to come to market in Davis in about two decades – since Wildhorse opened just down the road in the early 1990s. And there’s been nothing like it anywhere in the region since the mid-2000s, he said.

Actually, he suggests, there’s been nothing like it ever locally given its “agri-hood” features, huge central park and bike-friendly features that include the nation’s first “Dutch junction” that allows riders to more easily navigate entry to the project, and a layout that has all homes within 300 feet of access to the city’s treasured bike trails.

“There’s a sense of place,” Carson said of The Cannery. “You have narrow streets, and porches in front and lots of meeting places.

“There’s a there there.”

New site for Bowl restaurant

Changes are afoot at the former Larry’s Comfort Shoes site at 48th Street and Folsom Boulevard, where developers planned to put in a butcher shop and a Haines brothers-operated eatery called The Bowl.

The butcher shop is still a go, according to Ken Fahn, a partner in a group that owns the building. But The Bowl will likely open instead at another Fahn-owned building at 32nd and Folsom.

“It’s a better location for the type of restaurant we’re contemplating,” Fahn said of the new site, the former FinishMaster industrial paint store. The restaurant partners hope to take advantage of the Sutter hospital expansion near the new site.

As for the bowl concept, Fahn is being a little vague.

“It’s a trade secret,” he said. “There are a lot of bowl (restaurants) popping up, but this will be a little different.”

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