So, after we settled in to our RV park, we decided to learn more about farming in the area. At the tourist information bureau I found a flyer advertising a farm tour at the University of California Agricultural Research Farm in El Centro, California, about 50 miles from Yuma.
Becky, Steve and Kay, who were staying in the same park as we were, were also interested so we reserved space and off we went. What a great day we had.
We arrived, checked in and then gathered in a beautiful shaded area to listen to an introduction to the tour and receive our marching orders:
|Hummus and ingredients|
5 unpeeled garlic cloves
1 T olive oil
1 (15 oz. can) garbanzo beans (chick peas) - drained
1/2 C tahini ( or you can use peanut butter)
1/3 C fresh lemon juice
1 t. ground cumin
1 t. salt
1 T good olive oil
Preheat the oven to 450F. Place the garlic cloves in a little pile on a sheet of heavy foil. Drizzle with the tablespoon of olive oil, wrap the foil tightly around them and roast in the oven for 15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
While garlic is roasting combine the remaining ingredients in a food processor and process until very smooth and creamy.
When the garlic is cool enough to handle squeeze it from the peels into the hummus and process until well blended.
Place in a serving bowl and drizzle with a little more olive oil. Serve with pita, crackers or raw veggies.
Back to the farm tour.
After the introduction we were off to a large room where our tour organizer went through a very complete description of how all the different vegetables are grown and harvested. Then back to the gathering area for a salad bowl lunch:
|That is Kay beside Arch|
|Steve, Kay, Becky and Arch|
|They were very tiny and far away - can you see them peeking out at us? The red "x" mark the spot|
And then, to top off the day it was back to the gathering area for ice cream:
|Arch's favourite part of the day|
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