On the heels of a very successful Passport Weekend annual event, participating farms on the Sierra Oro Farm Trail will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, as part of the continuing “Ag Tourism 1st Sundays” program. With the bountiful fall harvest season now in full swing, “Harvest Fun on the Farm Trail” is timely agricultural tour theme in November. All farm tour guests can explore participating farms and wineries on their own or opt to reserve an exclusive charter van tour. Lunch and a historical tour are included with the charter van tours, which are perfect for individuals, couples or groups of friends, families or colleagues. Launched in May, the “Ag Tourism 1st Sundays” program will continue on the first Sunday of every month through 2013. “The Sierra Oro Farm Trail supports local ag-tourism efforts in Butte County and is proud to offer first Sunday of the month farm trail tour options for locals and visitors looking to explore Butte County,” said Nicole Johansson, Sierra Oro Farm Trail event organizer. “Especially with the momentum generated by the very successful Passport Weekend event, the continuing ‘1st Sundays’ effort is growing in popularity each month. We look forward to having more community residents and tourists explore the region by spending a beautiful fall afternoon on the farm trail.” With two pick-up points in November -- in Chico and Oroville -- the charter van tour routes will alternate North County or South County farms, and the pre-planned routes are listed at www.sierraoro.org. Specific farm destinations will rotate each month, so there will always be a new tour to take, allowing guests to meet the farmers, learn more about the region, and relax and experience the rich agriculture and boutique wineries of Butte County. The “Harvest Fun on the Farm Trail” charter tour stops include the following (note lunch will be served at a designated place and is included in the charter van ticket price): - Gale Vineyards - La Rocca Winery and Tasting Room - TJ Farms Estates - Dog Creek Cellars Charter tour ticket prices are $50 for one person or $80 per couple and the price includes lunch and free tastings at each farm and winery. Ticket prices do not include purchases made at any of the stops. Participants who are interested in reserving their own charter van can also customize their route, as long as they have a group of least 10 people. Special pricing is available for groups and interested guests are encouraged to call 530-891-5556 for details. In addition to the chartered van tours, all 16 participating farms will be open free for visitors to explore on their own. These self-guided tours do not include lunch, free tastings or purchases made at any of the stops. The “plan your route” feature at www.sierraoro.org allows all visitors to customize their own tour by mapping their desired destinations together. The Sierra Oro Farm Trail would like to thank these farms participating in “Ag Tourism Sundays”: Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards, Calolea Olive Oil, Dog Creek Cellars, Gale Vineyards, Grey Fox Winery, Hickman Family Vineyards, La Rocca Winery and Tasting Room, Lodestar Farms, Long Creek Winery, Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products, Morse Farms, New Clairvaux, Noble Orchards, Quilici Vineyards and Winery, TJ Farms Estates and Wagon Wheel Market. The Sierra Oro Farm Trail is sponsored by the Butte County Farm Bureau, Chico Chamber of Commerce, Quadco Printing and Tri Counties Bank. For more information visit www.sierraoro.org or call 530-891-5556. Traci Rockefeller Cusack T-Rock Communications 1911 Douglas Blvd. Ste 85-242 Roseville, CA 95661 916-213-4373