Local: Agrotourism brings together two of Yuma’s economic drivers

YUMA, Arizona (KYMA, KECY) – In today’s Home Grown, two of Yuma’s greatest economic contributions have come together into one: agriculture and tourism.

Visit Yuma decided to call it agrotourism.

There are plenty of opportunities to tour farms and even pick vegetables firsthand in Yuma County.

Various events are held each year where visitors can learn about Yuma farming, harvest grain, and have a dinner right on the farm with locally grown vegetables.

“Since we are the winter salad capital of the United States and we produce 93% of these vegetables, the agrotourism is huge and people always want to come and see what we do and what it is about,” said Amber Scarcella, Brand Manager at Visit Yuma. “So agrotourism is really just one way for people to connect with local farmers and the community and really get their hands dirty.”

Some of the ag companies that run the tours include Imperial Date Gardens, Dinsmore Farms, Martha’s Gardens Date Farm, and more.

The Field to Feast event and the Date Night Dinner on a date farm are the most popular events of the year.

The Field to Feast event includes a dinner fresh from the garden prepared by Arizona Western College culinary students.

The Date Night Dinner is prepared by Chef Alex Trujillo and set up on the date farm under the starry sky.

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