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On location: Butte County

Feb./Mar. 2012 California Bountiful magazine

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Steeped in rich history, Butte County sits along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Local museums offer glimpses into the past through pioneer memorabilia, mining and logging artifacts, and Native American exhibits. One of the state's original 27 counties, Butte County's top agricultural crops include rice, walnuts, almonds, dried plums and nursery stock.

Lodestar Farms, Oroville
Oroville is the birthplace of commercial California olive production. Jamie Johansson, owner of Lodestar Farms, says his family is committed to creating an oil that represents the traditional flavor of the California Mission olive. Their tasting room is open Friday and Saturday afternoons. Phone 530-534-6548 or www.lodestarfarms.com
Maisie Jane's California Sunshine, Chico
Located in a historic building that was a country store for 50 years, Maisie Jane's got its start with flavored almonds grown on the owner's family farm. The store also features gift baskets, wine and other local goodies.
Phone 530-899-7909 or www.maisiejanes.com
Patrick Ranch Museum, Chico
Open from the first weekend in April through the last weekend in October, this living museum offers a glimpse into the past through interpretive tours of the 28-acre ranch and its historic buildings. www.patrickranchmuseum.org
Sierra Oro Farm Trail
Taste your way through Butte County along this self-guided agricultural tour. Passport Weekend, planned for Oct. 6-7, highlights farm-fresh food and award-winning wines, but the trail map may be downloaded to follow at any time at www.sierraoro.org.
California Nut Festival, Chico
Established in 1806, the California Nut Festival celebrates all nuts grown in Butte County with food, drink, live music, art and items from local farms. The festival on April 21 will also support the Patrick Ranch Museum to preserve the agricultural history of the Sacramento Valley. www.californianutfestival.com

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