Califonia Bountiful

From the editors: Connecting with rural California

May/June 2022 California Bountiful magazine

The weather is warming, the pandemic is waning, and it's a great time to get out and enjoy the beauty and bounty of the Golden State.

This issue of California Bountiful spotlights several Californians who help suburban and city dwellers connect on a personal level with agricultural life and all it has to offer.

To financially rescue their struggling small farm, an Orange County family embraced agritourism and now welcomes hundreds of school groups and other visitors each year. To share her family legacy, the granddaughter of Rudolph Boysen, who developed the boysenberry nearly a century ago, welcomes U-pick customers to her Glenn County farm.

A Sonoma County inn with a compelling history offers a getaway in a bucolic setting with vineyards, a vegetable farm, an orchard and roaming chickens. At a Mendocino resort with ocean views, a chef prepares lavish meals for guests. For those who prefer to rough it, a pack station hosts horseback-riding excursions in the great outdoors.

Meanwhile, farmers markets bring the farm to the customer. Readers can learn how an enthusiastic manager runs several markets, get tips on how to keep kids engaged while shopping for fresh produce and read about Central Valley residents who line up in droves to buy fresh sweet corn from a college farm stand.

Also featured are instructions on making table centerpieces with garden foliage and a story about rose farmers and a florist who bring beauty to weddings, parties and holidays.

We hope you enjoy the journey.

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