Butte County is one of the bread baskets of California — a region known for its exceptional agricultural quality and family-operated farms. Experience this side of the county with a trip dedicated to tasting local food, experience local agriculture and exploring the stories behind Butte County farms, wineries and orchards.
Tin Roof Bakery is known for its dedication to using local ingredients and its artisan breads. Stop in for coffee and a taste of the Morning Bun, a croissant tossed and filled with cinnamon and sugar.
If you are lucky enough to be in Chico on Saturday morning, stop by the renowned Chico Farmers Market at 2nd and Flume streets, where you can buy local Llano Seco pork and hand-made olive oil from producers like Lodestar Farms.
Take the drive from Chico to Durham to see Butte County’s orchards and vineyards. Stop in at Almendra Winery and Distillery to see the beautiful copper still and hand-made woodwork in the tasting room, and to sample local Almendra and Bertagna wines as well as Almendra’s delicious infused brandies.
Use the Sierra Oro Farm Trail map as a guide for a self-guided tour of local wineries and farms, including Gale Winery, Dog Creek Winery and Nessere Vineyards.
Locally Grown Tastes
If you are an aspiring vintner or grower, stop by Hodges Nursery & Gifts to learn how to grow your own grapes and pick up some good tips from a local horticulturist, Ken Hodges.
Dine on delicious Filet and Truffle Fries at Midway Steak House , directly adjacent to Almendra Winery and Distillery.
Butte County Lodging
Choose from a variety of Chico lodging locations to round out your evening.
Grab Breakfast at Cafe Coda , a colorful coffee shop and eatery on the edge of downtown Chico.
Stop by Maisie Jane’s to sample the flavors of a true homegrown Butte County success story. Maisie Jane, the daughter of an Almond farmer, started experimenting with nut-roasting techniques in her teens, and has grown that passion into an iconic local brand of high-quality snacks, and fruit and nut recipes.
Learn about Butte County’s illustrious agricultural history at the Patrick Ranch Museum , an old farmhouse that has been restored into a museum.
Drive by Lundberg Farms in Richvale for a look at a family-run, organic rice operation that innovates in gluten-free rice products and environmental responsibility. Stop in on any weekday between 9am – 5pm to shop at the farm store during your visit.
Check Leon Bistro calendar to see if they are offering cooking classes in downtown Chico. If not, head to Grana, where the chef/owner prides himself on using fresh, local ingredients, and the classic Italian, wood-fired oven bakes immaculate Neapolitan pizza.
Dinner and Nightlife
If you are heading to Oroville for the night, check out Mike’s Grande Burger, a popular restaurant that serves up delicious burgers and live music on Thursday nights. Wind up the evening at Oroville’s Purple Line Urban Winery with its delicious locally crafted wines and expansive outdoor tasting patio.
Butte County Lodging
Spend the night at a great Oroville lodging location of your choice.