The 2016 Farm Tour was a farm-tastic weekend!
1,500 tour goers traveled across the mountains of Western North Carolina to visit local farms on June 25 and 26. Visitors met over 20 local farmers and producers, and learned about their farm processes, enjoyed demonstrations and local food tastings, and experienced exclusive behind-the-scenes peeks into the everyday lives of our family farms.
Listen to ASAP’s audio series, Growing Local, to hear reflections from the Farm Tour and read what visitors enjoyed most about their tour experiences:
“Talking to the farmers. I am especially grateful for the young farmers who have chosen this as their lifestyle and livelihood.“
“The chance to understand how farms operate through the individuals that do the work.”
“Sharing the foods I purchased with my family.”
“The Farm Tour is my favorite adventure. We look forward to it every year.”
What did you experience on the Farm Tour? Tell us your farm stories!
If you missed the tour, there are still plenty of opportunities to visit local farms throughout the year. Visit our regional farm tour page and events calendar for upcoming events, and use our online Local Food Guide to find farms to visit, farm stays and cabins, u-picks, and more throughout the season. Mark your calendars now for the 2017 Farm Tour on June 24 & 25. Please note: we will not be hosting a farm tour in September.
Click the image below to see our 2016 Farm Tour participants
About ASAP’s Farm Tour: For one weekend every year Western North Carolina farms open their barn doors to the public. The Farm Tour is a chance for you to experience how food is grown and raised in the mountains, taste farm fresh products, meet farm animals, and connect with the community’s food producers. Discover some of Western North Carolina’s unique and beautiful working farms through tours, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Pick up a tour map, choose your route, and set out with your friends and family to learn about the region’s agricultural heritage. Each year ASAP’s Farm Tour will feature family farms in different areas of Western North Carolina.
Join us next year on June 24 and 25 for the 2017 Farm Tour.
Volunteer for the Tour: Spend one day greeting visitors at a participating farm and then tour for free on the day you aren’t volunteering. Contact Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer for future tours and ASAP events.
Thank you to our 2016 sponsors for helping to make this weekend such a big success, and for supporting local food and family farms!