18th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour This Weekend!

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Dutch Buffalo Farm

How does this sound for a great weekend? Savor strawberries you picked yourself, sample delicious cheese, veggies and meat you just bought at the farm, and top it all off with a wine tasting on the patio of an organic vineyard. All this and the chance to see how small, sustainable family farmers produce fresh-from-the-farm, local food!

Happening Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, from 1–5 p.m. each day, the tour taps into the region’s vibrant local food scene. Over 3,000 people attended last year.

This self-guided tour, sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Weaver Street Market, features 39 scenic and sustainable working farms in Orange, Chatham, Alamance, Durham and Person counties.

Some of the unique things to see and do on the tour:

  • See the cute baby farm animals, take a hayride, ride a pony, pick your own strawberries, and learn how they grow the gorgeous sustainable produce you buy at the Farmers’ Market.
  • For a truly farm-to-fork experience: Enjoy a lunch of Lamb burgers and Brats at Captain J.S. Pope Farm or see what they’ve got cooking at the food-truck farm, Boxcarr Farms. They’ll have sausage subs, cheese picnic boxes and lemonade at Chapel Hill Creamery and you can watch the Buffalo roam from the lakeside gazebo while enjoying a delicious bison lunch at Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm.
  • Pet the soft sheep, goats and rabbits and see how their hair is turned into a sweater at Avillion Farms.
  • Wander by the flower fields at Wild Hare Farm, Harland’s Creek Farm and Perry-winkle Farms.
  • Be amazed by the incredible mobile chicken coops at Ever Laughter Farm and Harland’s Creek Farm and gather your own eggs at Fickle Creek Farm.
  • Learn how they are growing a new crop of farmers at the PLANT @ Breeze Farm, Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, Celebrity Goat Dairy and the Student Farm at CCCC.
  • See for yourself what pastured, grass-fed beef really means at Cane Creek Farm, Braeburn Farm, Walters Unlimited, Captain J.S. Pope Farm and Sunset Farm
  • Buy farm-fresh produce, fruits and meats from the farms on the tour and then take them home and create your own farm-to-fork feast!

Tour tickets, good for both days, are $25 per vehicle in advance and $30 on the tour weekend or you can choose to pay $10 per farm (available for purchase at all of the farms during the tour). Cycle groups count as one vehicle. Tickets can be purchased online now or at Weaver Street Market stores.

The tour is self-guided. Choose the farms you want to visit on the interactive map to plan your tour. Visit any farm in any order. And, don’t forget to take a cooler so that you can bring home some of the farm fresh products for sale at many farms! No pets allowed. The tour is rain or shine. Proceeds from the tour support the work of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

This year, the tour once again features special programming for beginning farmers. Local experts will lead two half-day Beginning Farmer VIP tours to select farms. These tours are designed to introduce new and aspiring farmers to sustainable farming. Tickets for this special program, limited to 23 beginning farmers per tour, are $3. Tickets and more information available at the CFSA website

Complete information about the tour and the farms, with interactive maps and driving directions, plus tour tickets are available at the CFSA websitePrinted brochures are available at all Weaver Street Market stores.

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Photo of Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDebbie RoosExtension Agent, Agriculture - Sustainable / Organic Production (919) 542-8244 debbie_roos@ncsu.eduN.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
Updated on Apr 21, 2013
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