Agritourism Growing in Yuma

Arizona town offers tours and classes for a look at Southwestern farming By: Kelly Rosenfeld
Yuma Visitors Bureau offers Field to Feast tours which allow guests to harvest produce from a farm. // (c) 2012 Yuma Visitors Bureau
Yuma Visitors Bureau offers Field to Feast tours which allow guests to harvest produce from a farm. // (c) 2012 Yuma Visitors Bureau

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Yuma Visitors Bureau
www.visityuma.com

Lettuce Days
www.yumalettucedays.com

Yuma, Arizona - the nation's self-proclaimed winter vegetable capital - is offering a ground-up look at its unique agriculture through an increasing number of agritourism offerings from Yuma Visitors Bureau (YVB).

For example, with the Field to Feast tour, visitors start with a food safety lesson and the chance to harvest produce in a field at the University of Arizona research farm, after which the harvest is turned into a farm-fresh lunch. YVB also offers Farmer to Farmer advanced or technical tours, as well as Savor Yuma culinary tours.

Other options include the new Agri-U five-week program aimed at extended-stay visitors, which includes 10 classroom sessions, a "Feed the Nation" field trip and a culinary demonstration class. Sessions run Jan. 7 - Feb. 9 and Feb. 11 - March 15, with options available for single parts of the program.

It all culminates in the Yuma Lettuce Days festival, held March 9-10 at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park. Lettuce Days features celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations and contests, ice carvers, a farmers' market and salad bar, plus a tasting event showcasing local restaurants. The festival will be headlined by Chef Ben Ford, owner of Ford's Filling Station in Culver City, Calif., and son of actor Harrison Ford.

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