Farm history, recipes shared at Yuma events
In recent years, more efforts have been put into promoting our No. 1 industry, agriculture. The Yuma Visitors Bureau started with revamping Lettuce Days to include the Harvest Dinner, then began offering field to feast tours and much more.
City historian Tina Clark got a grant to produce Farmers Wives Dinners; she and chef Alex Trujillo are hosting those every Monday evening. The dinners are already much more popular than expected. Last night's event had almost 60 in attendance at St. Paul's Cultural Center.
Attendees get to hear from some of Yuma's oldest farm family descendants about their farm's history, their family and how they farm today. Recipes from that family are used for the multicourse dinner, and chef Trujillo demonstrates at least one dish.
Local ag producers are generously participating in educating our community about their industry — and you get to eat, too! Agritourism and recognition of Yuma agriculture have spread far beyond Yuma; it's well-earned and exciting!