More than twenty Appalachian Grown family farms will welcome visitors to their farms during ASAP’s highly anticipated Farm Tour on June 23rd and June 24th.
This fun and educational weekend offers the public a chance to experience firsthand how food is grown and raised in the mountains, sample farm-fresh products, and meet the community’s local producers.
This year represents the 10th anniversary of ASAP’s Farm Tour. ASAP will present a variety of activities to celebrate the anniversary including contests, giveaways, and a special celebration of the Farm Tour at Asheville City Market on June 2, 2018.
“ASAP began hosting the Farm Tour in 2009 to connect the public to our local farms and producers,” said Charlie Jackson, ASAP’s Executive Director. “Over the last ten years people have become more aware and interested in seeing first-hand how their food is grown and raised. The 10th anniversary of the Farm Tour gives us the chance to feature a handful of the hundreds of local farms in our region.”
“In the early days of the Farm Tour, we thought of it as an opportunity to just sell product, similar to being at a farmers market,” said Walter Harrill of Imladris Farm. “We didn’t recognize it as a way to create long term connections with people. It’s much more powerful to see the interconnected way that our farm operates – the rabbits providing manure for the berries, the chickens eating the flies, and on and on. You can talk about the farm at a farmers market, but it’s a different thing to see the place in action. It creates long-lasting relationships with our customers.”
Imladris Farm is just one of the farms that will be featured on the 2018 Farm Tour. Farms will offer visitors guided tours, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and tastings. The tour is family-friendly and a great outing for visitors of all ages. The Farm Tour feature farms in Buncombe County and the surrounding areas of Western North Carolina.
Farm Tour passes are on sale now at asapconnections.org. Passes are $30 in advance; $40 the weekend of the tour. One pass admits an entire carload. The tour runs 12-5 pm Saturday and Sunday.
ASAP will share details about the 10th anniversary activities leading up to the tour on their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds. More information, including a list of where to pick up a tour guide (coming in May) and details on volunteering and attending the tour for free, can be found at asapconnections.org or by calling 828-236-1282.
(Written by Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project.)