Califonia Bountiful

On location: Riverside County

Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012 California Bountiful magazine

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From the rolling vineyards of Temecula to the date groves of the Coachella Valley, Riverside County's agricultural heritage runs rich and deep. The county holds a variety of agricultural festivals throughout the year to celebrate the production of more than $1 billion a year in food and nursery crops. For more information about Riverside County visit

Chaffin Farms, Blythe
Blythe, a desert agricultural community along the Arizona border, is a great place to grow hay. Farmer Grant Chaffin says there's sunshine nearly year-round. When it gets too hot for farming, it's time to enjoy water sports and outdoor adventures along the Colorado River, says Chaffin, president of the Riverside County Farm Bureau.

Highland Springs Farm and Resort, Cherry Valley
Originally a three-story hotel serving the early railroad, the resort today includes a lavender farm and vegetable and herb gardens for its gourmet restaurant.

California Citrus State Historic Park, Riverside
This park preserves the cultural and historical aspects of citrus growing in California, beginning in 1873 when the first navel orange tree arrived at the home of Riverside resident Eliza Tibbets. The park recaptures the time when "citrus was king" in Southern California.

Temecula Valley Wine Country
With more than 30 wineries and 35,000 acres of vineyards, the Temecula Valley is one of Riverside County's top wine, food, art and music destinations. The valley's agriculture is protected through a preserve that limits development.


National Date Festival, Indio
Founded in 1921, the annual date harvest festival and country fair celebrates one of the county's signature crops. Nearly all of the 40-plus date varieties grown in the U.S. come from Riverside County. The festival, set for Feb. 17-26, 2012, is known for its quirky attractions. (Camel races, anyone?)

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