Get a close-up look at how sugar is made, from field to pantry, during our Raisin’ Cane Tours, which kick off Oct. 6 and continue through March.
Held Monday thru Friday, the public tours provide a behind-the-scenes view of how sugar and oranges are grown, harvested, processed and sent to your local grocery store. Participants learn about the history and development of the area and U.S. Sugar, tour U.S. Sugar’s facilities, and get a sample of our sweetest crop.
“The Raisin’ Cane Tours are a great opportunity to learn about our region and who we are and what we do,’’ said Jennifer Black, U.S. Sugar’s community relations manager. “We hope tour guests leave with a better understanding and sweet appreciation of the hard work that goes into making the sugar found in many of our favorite foods.’’
During the tours, participants also visit Southern Gardens Citrus, a subsidiary of U.S. Sugar, and sample its 100 percent, pure Florida orange juice. They learn about other crops grown on the farms, such as corn, green beans and other vegetables, and see Lake Okeechobee, which is world famous for its bass fishing. The day culminates with a free, home-cooked, southern-style lunch at a local restaurant.
The Raisin’ Cane Tours are ideal for business owners, young professionals, community groups and other interested parties. For more information or to make a group reservation, please contact the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce at (863) 983-7979.