For Immediate Release - June 23, 2010

State Agricultural and Tourism Officials Celebrate Agricultural Tourism Season with Culinary Farm Tours on Cape Cod

MEDIA ADVISORY

What

In partnership with the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT), Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) Commissioner Scott Soares will participate in a culinary farm tour on Cape Cod this Thursday. Stops on the tour include a winery, a hydroponic farm, an herb farm and an oyster farm.

Who

DAR Commissioner Scott Soares
MOTT Officials
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Officials

When

Thursday June 24, 2010 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(Call or email to get the tour schedule details.)

Where

Visits planned at the following locations:
E & T Farms Inc., 85 Lombard Street, West Barnstable
Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, 11 Shore Road, Rt. 6A, North Truro
Cedar Springs Herb Farm, 159 Long Pond Drive, Harwich
East Dennis Oyster Farm, 484 Center Street, Dennis

BACKGROUND:
E & T Farms is a family run farm that grows hydroponic vegetables and fish (tilapia and koi). They also have working honeybees that pollinate the local cranberry bogs.

Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod is a sustainable maritime winery on the easternmost shore of Cape Cod has been in operation since 1992, but the house and estate date back nearly two centuries. The five-acre farm grows Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes that are hand-picked at harvest time.

Cedar Springs Herb Farm is a seven acre teaching farm that grows a variety of fresh herbs and selected vegetables. They offer a variety of culinary herbal products, body care products, as well as herbal medicinal and natural home care products.

John and Stephanie Lowell have owned East Dennis Oyster Farm since 2003. Situated in the cold water tidal flats of Cape Cod Bay, their oyster farm produces their award winning East Dennis Oysters sold locally and to some of New York City's finest restaurants.