Yuma-area winter vegetables feed our nation, and beyond
Yuma farm tours are a great way to find out where your food comes from. If you’re eating a salad during the winter, chances are that it was grown in Yuma. Agriculture is Yuma’s number one business; it’s a more than $4 billion industry each year. More than 91% of the leafy greens produced in the winter in North America now come from the farms around Yuma. In the winter, crops include 75 varieties of lettuce, baby greens, cauliflower, broccoli, herbs, root vegetables and kales. Summer crops include hay, hard red wheat, Durum wheat, cotton, Medjool Dates, watermelons, cantaloupes, honeydew, alfalfa and bermuda grass seed. Lemons top the crops for citrus production among other citrus grown in the area. Visit Yuma is proud to host half-day tours about ag in our area. Learn about the history, culture and industry-leading innovation of Yuma agriculture with curious visitors from around the world.
Field to Feast Tours
Hop on a bus for this half-day tour led by a local grower and get the first-hand low-down on topics ranging from food safety, current tech trends, labor, and water. Harvest special veggies planted just for us at the University of Arizona research farm.* Then, after a tour of the Arizona Western College Land Lab, enjoy a yummy fresh lunch featuring local produce, prepared by the culinary students.
Tours are $60 per person and are scheduled for the following dates in 2020/2021:
January 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
February 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 27
*Steer clear of agriculture fields, outside of this tour! Important food safety guidelines dictate that people and pets stay out, in order to keep produce safe for you and your family. You can pull over on a quiet country road to take pictures, but please stay out of the fields.
Save the Date
Several area date growers offer tours to the public. Not many people know how to grow a date or even its history in the U.S. Did you know that the Yuma and Bard area helped save the Middle East’s Medjool date palms? When disease broke out in Morocco in 1927, palm shoots were brought to the Southwest and cultivated. Some years later, new trees grown here were repatriated to Morocco to help them replenish their date groves. Now local date growers are among the top producers worldwide, even exporting our dates to the Middle East. Each year, up to 15 million pounds of premium Yuma dates are grown, harvested, and then shipped around the world. More date info and recipes can be found at NaturalDelights.com. Dates and date products may be purchased at these local establishments:
--Brocket Farms homegrown dates, eggs, local honey, specialty gifts and more. 102 E. Third St., 928.257.1440
--Imperial Date Gardens gift packs, nuts, candies and date shakes, call about free tours at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays or by advance arrangements. 1517 York Road., Bard, Calif., ImperialDateGardens.com, 800.301.9349
--Martha’s Gardens Date Farm Dates, local honey, sandwiches, soup, date shakes and ice cream, pleasant landscaped patio for a bite, call about farm tours aboard a tram, $10 per person, call for reservations. 9747 Avenue 9 ¾ E, MarthasGardens.com, 928.726.8831
--Naked Dates Organic Medjools, date shakes, handmade soaps, date beer and fresh eggs, call about walking tours. $10 per person, call in advance. 13589 S. Avenue 25E, Wellton, HealthyNakedDates.com, 888.374.2037
--Peanut Patch Date shakes, homemade fudge, nuts, dried fruits, candy and gifts, plus free kitchen tours November through March on selected days, call for info. 4322 E County 13 St., ThePeanutPatch.com, 928.726.6292
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