Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The 2010 Western North Carolina Family Farm Tour - June 26 & 27

The Family Farm Tour, organized by ASAP, is your invitation to visit 37 farms and gardens throughout six counties in Western North Carolina. The region is home to agriculture of all kinds, ranging from century farms cultivated by the same family for generations, to certified organic farms, to urban gardens.

About the Tour

Here's how it works: Get a farm tour map and button. Gather your friends, fill a car, choose the farms you want to visit, and plan a route. There are more than enough choices to fill a schedule for Saturday and Sunday. Come with a cooler and your appetite. A variety of vegetables and fruits, trout, beef, pork, lamb, eggs, artisan cheeses, herbs, mushrooms, honey, garlic, preserves, and much more are available to sample or for sale. Products including yarn, soap, and crafts are offered as well.

Watch animals such as bison, llamas, baby lambs, and bunnies. See traditional skills in practice—and even try them out yourself—during demonstrations of border collie shepherding, outdoor apple butter making, milking, the maple syrup tapping process, and wool spinning. Or, learn about new ideas during a tour of renewable energy systems, see a hydroponics system, visit an edible landscape, or explore a garden labyrinth. Eat bread fresh from a wood fired oven and artisan ice cream, and stop for a picnic at one of the many beautiful farms along the way.

Farms on the Tour

Buncombe County
Blue Ridge Bison
Flying Cloud Farm
Gladheart Farms
Good Fibrations Angora Goats
Hawk and Ivy
Hickory Nut Gap
Hominy Valley Farms
Hop’n Blueberry
Imladris Farm
Long Branch Environmental Education Center
Pearson Drive Community Garden
Round Mountain Creamery
Ten Mile Farm
Venezia Dream Farm

Haywood County
Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm
Sunburst Trout Company

Henderson County
Fields of Gold Farm
Holler Ministries
McConnell Farms
Stepp’s Plants, Etc.

Madison County
Bee Tree Farm and Vineyard
East Fork Farm
Elk Knob Farm and Gardens
Farm House Beef
New Direction Farm
Philosophy Farm
Spinning Spider Creamery
Sunswept Farm
Wake Robin Farm

Transylvania County 
Everett Farms
Queen’s Produce and Berry Farm

Yancey County
Arthur Morgan School
Firefly Farm
Maple Creek Farm
Mountain Farm
Mountain Gardens
Wellspring Farm

Purchase a button. One button admits everyone in your car.
How to purchase:
Online. Buttons are available online for $25.
In stores. This summer, buttons will be offered at select stores for sale for $25.

At farms. You may also purchase buttons at farms on the day of the tour for $30. If you only wish to visit one farm, pay $10 on-site.

You can support the Family Farm Tour and get free admission by volunteering. Sign up.

For more about the 2010 Family Farm Tour or to purchase buttons go to:
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project.

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