Vegetable Study Tour
Arrive San Francisco. Panoramic city tour of San Francisco ending at Fisherman's Wharf for a welcome dinner on the San Francisco Bay.
Depart north to Sonoma Valley crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, stop for a photo opportunity with a view of Alcatraz Island. Visit a winery in Sonoma Valley for a tasting and lunch. Continue to Monterey area for dinner and overnight.
Early departure to Castroville, the largest concentration of artichoke and cauliflower production in the United States. Visits to artichoke and cauliflower producers. Visit some of the largest producers with state of the art greenhouses. Afternoon visit to a local college to talk with a local professor on solar technologies.
Return to Castroville for a visit to a tomato farm. After lunch travel south to Hearst Castle. Continue to Santa Maria for dinner and overnight.
Morning visit to a premier grower, packer and shipper of the finest specialty vegetables available. Among its year round harvests, there are over 30 varieties of baby lettuces and specialty greens, colorful baby root vegetables, baby squash and baby cauliflower. Continue to Carpinteria for a visit to a multi-faceted agricultural, local California owned, concern specializing in greenhouse-grown vegetables. Continue to Los Angeles for dinner and overnight.
This morning visit to a 280,000 square feet warehouse, with the freshest fruits and vegetables. Afternoon flight to Las Vegas. Panoramic city tour of Las Vegas.
Free day in Las Vegas to explore on your own.
Morning transfer to airport for return flight home.
About Vegetables USA
The U.S. vegetable and pulse sector comprises hundreds of independent markets within the food marketing system. During the first 8 years of the 2000s, U.S. farm cash receipts from the sale of vegetables and pulses (including potatoes) averaged $17.4 billion--14 percent of U.S. crop cash receipts. This quantity was generated on less than 2 percent of all U.S. harvested acreage. Annual per capita use of vegetables and pulses in the same period was 2 percent higher than a decade earlier.
According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, U.S. vegetable farms are largely individually owned and relatively small, with three-fourths of the 69,172 farms that produce vegetables harvesting fewer than 15 acres. However, relatively few farms account for most commercial sales of vegetables. About 9 percent of operations classified as vegetable farms had sales over $500,000, yet these farms accounted for 90 percent of the value of vegetables sold by growers.
*Souce USDA-Economic Research Service*
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