ASAP’s 2017 Farm Tour
ASAP’s Farm Tour is a chance to experience firsthand how food is grown and raised in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, taste farm fresh products, hang out with farm animals, and meet the community’s food and fiber producers. Participating farms are open on Saturday and Sunday from 12–5 pm to provide guided tours, demonstrations, tastings, and hands-on experiences to help you discover more about agriculture in our region. How does it work? Tour goers purchase a farm tour pass, choose which farms to visit, and then pack a car with family, friends, and head out on their own farm adventure. The Farm Tour is a self-guided driving tour, meaning visitors take their own transportation and decide which farms to visit. Only one Farm Tour pass is needed per car.
ASAP’s 9th Annual Farm Tour
Saturday & Sunday, June 24–25, 12–5 pm
How does the Farm Tour work?
Tour goers purchase a tour pass and then decide which farms they want to visit. We suggest reviewing our list of participating farms to see which farms interest you, and then planning 2-4 farms to visit per day. There are 20 farms to choose from located in Buncombe, Henderson, and Madison counties near Asheville, NC. Farms are clustered by geographic proximity on our Farm Tour Map, but you can visit any combination of farms. Some farms have meal stops and family-friendly activities, and all have wonderful homegrown and homemade products for sale! Note: Gather Heritage Farm is no longer on the tour.
How do I choose which farms to visit?
ASAP’s Farm Tour showcases a variety of farms, including fruit and vegetable farms, creameries, vineyards, orchards, fiber farms, farms that raise animals, and more! The Farm Tour is a chance to experience firsthand the diversity of working farms in Western North Carolina and learn about their practices, philosophies, and stories. Choose farms that interest you, and plan for about 2-4 farms to visit per day. All farms have products for sale and some will be offering meals for purchase. Many farms offer family friendly activities like hayrides, u-pick, and visiting with farm animals. Click the image below for a tour map and descriptions of each farm cluster, or grouping.
What do I need to go on the tour?
- Farm Tour Pass: Only one pass is needed per car. Purchase your pass online or at participating vendors (Asheville City Market, BB Barns Garden Center, Hendersonville Coop, Whole Foods Market and Greenlife Grocery), or from the first farm you visit on the tour. Advance ticket sales end on Friday.
- Tour route and directions: Browse our online farm information to learn about each farm on the tour, and to decide in advance which farms you want to visit. You can pick up a printed Farm Tour Guide at the first farm you visit.
- Farm Tour packing list: Use our Farm Tour Planning Tips for recommendations on what to bring, like good walking shoes, water bottles, cash, and a cooler to take home fresh products.
- A dog sitter: Just a reminder that no dogs or other pets are permitted on the tour. They can pose food safety threats and be hazardous to farm animals.
Can I volunteer for the tour?
Yes! Volunteer for the tour and spend one afternoon welcoming visitors at a participating farm, and then tour for free on the day you aren’t volunteering. Sign up online or contact us for more information.
“I loved meeting the farmers along with all of the families who visited the farm”
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