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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DEC. 17, 2015
Yummy Yuma tours perfect Christmas treats
Charge by phone or buy online for last-minute gifts
YUMA, ARIZONA – They farm in the desert? Yes they do, so much that this sunny corner of Arizona is North America’s winter vegetable capital, supplying more than 90% of the leafy greens consumed from sea to shining sea from November through March each year.
To showcase this green bounty, Yuma Visitors Bureau in 2010 planted the seeds for an “ag tourism” initiative that’s only grown in appeal, with sold-out tours and waiting lists.
Tickets for the 2016 harvest of tours are now on sale, and are the perfect holiday gift for those who treasure experience over things.
YVB's top crop? “Field to Feast” tours where visitors start by harvesting their own produce in a special field at the University of Arizona research farm. Then, while they enjoy an insider’s look at Yuma's vast fields guided by a local grower, culinary students from Arizona Western College turn the fresh-picked veggies into a delicious lunch. The half-day tour includes transportation, some harvest items to take home and the field-fresh lunch.
For those more interested in what’s on the fork than in the field, YVB also hosts Savor Yuma progressive dinner tours, where participants travel to three different restaurants to round out a multi-course meal.
Tickets for YVB’s 2016 tours are on sale now. To charge tickets by phone, call 800-293-0071 or 928-783-0071, or buy online at VisitYuma.com. Scheduled tour dates are as follows:
Field to Feast tours (hands-on taste of farming with field-fresh lunch):
Jan. 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 27, 28;
Feb. 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 23, 24
Savor Yuma tours (progressive dinner tour with transportation provided):
Jan. 5 & 19; Feb. 9 & 16; March 3 & 22; April 7
With rich soil, abundant water and more than 350 days of sunshine a year, Yuma enjoys the country’s longest growing season and:
- Produces a $3.2 billion economic output, more than 1/3 of the total for Arizona
- Is number 1 in the state and number 3 in the nation for vegetable production
- Grows more than 90 percent of the nation’s leafy vegetables from November-March
- Is one of the world’s top producers of gourmet Medjool dates
- Is top exporter of durum wheat to Italy, where it’s used for premium pasta
- Is Arizona’s top producer of lemons, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon and canteloupe
Grows more than 175 different crops and seeds
Through the winter months, Yuma also serves up an array of farmers markets and cooking classes, while local date groves offer the opportunity to sample Medjool dates, the “fruit of kings,” in many forms, including a local favorite, date milkshakes. For more information, call 800-293-0071 or download or browse our Visitors Guide at VisitYuma.com.
The Yuma Visitors Bureau is always happy to assist members of print, digital and broadcast media, either on assignment or pitching an idea with a Yuma angle.
Media Relations Specialist Ann Walker can suggest itineraries and facilitate visits, or provide you with the inspired details to help nail down an assignment. We pride ourselves on always going "above and beyond."
You can download background and "anytime" materials below; dated press releases appear "most recent first" at left. Call or email us for photos and B-roll video.
YVB periodically hosts group and individual press trips, and is glad to partner with other Arizona or California DMOs to coordinate a visit to several regions.
For more information, contact Ann Walker at 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your interest in the Yuma area.