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PostHeaderIcon California Agritourism Offers Great Farm Tours!

Many might wonder what actually defines; “Agritourism” Is it a trend or just a catch phrase that is becoming more and more prevalent in agricultural communities? Agritourism is widespread in America. Agritourists can choose from a wide range of activities that include picking fruits and vegetables, riding horses, tasting honey, learning about wine and cheesemaking, or shopping in farm gift shops and farm stands for local and regional produce or hand-crafted gifts. People have become more interested in how their food is produced. They want to meet farmers and processors and talk with them about what goes into food production. For many people who visit farms, especially children, the visit marks the first time they see the source of their food, be it a dairy cow, an ear of corn growing in a field, or an apple they can pick right off a tree.

Northern California is growing their Agritourism and several tour companies offer great options in the form of tours and events in which participants are taken directly to the farms, the cheesemakers, the winemakers and bakers. So many options to choose from……are you ready to go?

1. Local Roots Farm & Wine Tours in Sacramento Valley
http://www.localrootsfoodtours.com 1-800-407-8918
Sierra Foothills Farm & Wine Bus Tours take participants on a 4 hour bus journey through the beautiful hills and valleys of Placer County visiting local olive groves, mandarin orchards, organic farms, beautiful vineyards and an indoor produce market and bakery. The opportunity to meet passionate farmers and vintners on each tour stop. Tours include a gourmet lunch which includes farm to fork ingredients from placer county farms and wine tasting at local vineyard. Tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays year round. Custom group tours for private parties are offered 7 days a week.

2. Ag Venture Tours in Salinas Valley
http://www.agventuretours.com 831-761-8463
Van tours planned around the Monterey Bay Region stopping at several chosen organic farms in the prosperous Salinas Valley. Different tour options. Advanced ticketing required.

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I spent Friday afternoon on the Origins of Sacramento Food Tour. As a Sacramento newbie, I loved getting the chance to explore the Sutter District and East Sac while gaining some really interesting historical knowledge on my new city. The food was fantastic! All of the restaurants and shops that we visited embrace the farm to fork possibilities that living in such an agricultural hub allows. Getting to hear directly from the chefs about their passion for working with local ingredients was a real standout on the tour. We sampled items from six different locations. Bring your appetites because the samples are extremely generous in addition to being incredibly delicious. Our tour guide, Ashley, was so knowledgeable about the city's history and so passionate about what Local Roots and it's restaurant partners are offering to the community. It was infectious and made for a fantastic tour. I'd recommend Local Roots Food Tours to visitors and locals alike. Can't wait to try out their other offerings!
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