Take a morning trip through the farmers market with Kat Merrick of Totally LocalVC. From the Face Of Ventura by Johanna Spinks.
Ventura County Ag Week is a time to reflect on the importance of Ventura County farmers and ranchers and the county’s agriculture industry. It will take place March 20th -26.
Ventura County farmers and ranchers are truly stewards of the land; they are raising more on fewer acres and competing in a challenging global marketplace. While also working to protect Ventura Counties precious soil and water resources.
The agriculture industry is essential to our economy and the way of life in Ventura County. Agriculture has been attracting farmers since the 1800’s and continues to be the number one employer in our county. Many of our founding farm families still remain today with the current generations carrying on their families’ legacy.
Ventura County students will have an opportunity to hear firsthand from local farmers, and chefs as they visit schools throughout the county during Ventura County Ag week.
Ventura County Ag Weeks goal is to highlight the important role agriculture plays not only to our county but the world.
Many events are planned:
March 21, Ventura County Ag Week Awards Luncheon and National Ag Day celebration. Farmers, ranchers, chefs and ag educators will be honored at the 2017 Ventura County Ag Day Awards Luncheon, held at the Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula. The festivities will kick off with an opening speech by Henry Gonzales our Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner.
Thursday March 23rd – 5:30pm- 8:00pm- Free event.
Grapes and Hops 454 E Main St. There will be a free Meet the Farmer Mixer. Close Des Amis, Ojai Vineyards, Surf Brewery and Topa Topa Brewing will be on hand providing samplings of their locally produced libations. Come out and mix mingle with local farmers and taste the flavors of Ventura County.
Farm to Fork Cooking Class. Take a morning trip through the farmers market with a local Chef and our very own Kat Merrick of Totally Local. As they walk you through all the in’s and out of local sourcing. Saturday March 25th 9:30am – 11:30. $65 per person .
Guests will experience first-hand the connection from farm to fork at the Totally Local Ventura County Ag Week Farm Tour.
March 26th – 9:00 am – 2pm
Cost $85 includes lunch and tasting
Eat Local ~ Hug a farmer all week long
Local restaurants, wineries, brewers and purveyors will be highlighting their locally created weeklong specials.