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Get hands-on with California avocados

Photo courtesy of the California Avocado Commission.

VALLEY CENTER, CA — Those of us in the business are very familiar with a field tour: load up in the bus, see some fields and a packing shed, and probably have a good meal.

But it’s usually a big group, in a big, noisy environment with little opportunity to really dig around.

In fact, those few minutes before they usher us back on the bus when I get to zoom around and take a few photos and videos are my favorite part of most tours.

That’s not to say I don’t love a good tour: retail, field, or otherwise. But this year, the California Avocado Commission decided to give us a chance to come and go as we pleased, in an open house format.

We had stations to learn about grafting, sustainability, harvest, cutting techniques, and even learn hands-on how to make a Instagram-worthy dish on our own.

Have a look around at this year’s California Avocado Open House as the commission prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of California Avocado Month. 

(NOTE: with photos courtesy of the California Avocado Commission)

Pamela Riemenschneider is the Retail Editor for Blue Book Services.