Agritourism in Sonoma County
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Over the years, visitors have come to Sonoma County for wine tasting and to enjoy the uniqueness of this County. In recent times, more and more visitors come to Sonoma County searching for adventures, willing to explore Sonoma County’s million acres and incredible diversity. Whether they’re a certified foodie or just playing one for the weekend, many are seeking to experience local food and where it comes from, whether it’s milking a goat or picking peaches from an orchard. Sonoma County is quickly becoming a hotspot for agritourism. “In 2011, about six out of ten dollars spent at California destinations were attributable to residents of other states and countries” according to the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau. This not only brings more people to Sonoma County, it brings more dollars.
Agritourism is a growing movement through the United States and has been prominent for years in other parts of the world. Agritourism is “any income-generating activity conducted on a working farm or ranch for the enjoyment and education of visitors. Agritourism includes the interpretation of the natural, cultural, historical, and environmental assets of the land and the people working on it. Many Sonoma County small farms and ranches are choosing to turn their operation into an agritourism destination not to only generate more income but to really teach visitors about what a working agriculture operation is all about.
The “products” sold are any income-generating activity conducted on a working farm or ranch for the enjoyment and education of visitors. Agritourism includes the interpretation of the natural, cultural, historical, and environmental assets of the land and the people working on it.
Experiences, demonstrations, farm tours, festivals, value-added products, cooking classes, barn dinners and much, much more are common agritourism features available in Sonoma County. McClelland’s Dairy and Tara Firma farms are local leading examples of successful farm turned agritourism operations. Giving tourists a unique experience they can walk away with will ensure more visits back to the farm in the future and with a greatly appreciate and support of local agriculture.