ASAP’s Farm Tour is a chance to personally experience over one summer weekend how food is grown and raised in the Central Mountains of Western North Carolina through guided tours, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and tastings. The tour is family-friendly and a great outing for visitors of all ages and interests.
Join us for our Tenth Anniversary Tour on June 23-24, 2018
Mark your calendars and purchase your car pass for our Tenth Anniversary Farm Tour on June 23-24, 2018! We look forward to celebrating ten years of connecting our community to our region’s family farms and producers. In the ten weeks leading up to the tour we’ll be conducting a variety of fun contests and giveaways celebrating ten years of farm tourin’.
About ASAP’s Farm Tour
ASAP’s Farm Tour is an annual event to connect the public to their local farms and producers. Participating farms are open during one weekend to invite visitors to tour their farms and meet their families. Farms provide guided and self-guided tours, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences. Tour goers choose which farms to visit and on average visit three per day.
Farm Tour passes are per car and are $30 tour in advance or $40 the weekend of the tour. This year’s tour will be held on June 23-24.
What types of farms are on the tour?
ASAP’s Farm Tour showcases a variety of farms, including fruit and vegetable farms, creameries, vineyards, orchards, fiber farms, farms that raise animals, and much more! The Farm Tour is a chance to experience firsthand the diversity of working farms in Western North Carolina and learn about their growing practices, goals, and stories. Choose farms that interest you, and plan for about three to four 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.
Where are farms on the tour located?
ASAP’s Farm Tour focuses on farms in the Central Mountains of Western North Carolina. There are other tours in the region that focus on other areas. Each year we rotate some of the counties and communities on the tour to feature new farms. We usually publish our list of farms a few months before the tour. All farms are within an hours drive of Asheville, NC.
How to prepare for your Farm Tour weekend:
Purchase your pass: Purchase your tour pass online or from the first farm you visit on the tour. Only one pass is needed per car. Advanced passes are $30 per car, or $4o the weekend of the tour.
Map your tour route and directions: Browse our online farm information to learn about each farm on the tour, and decide in advance which farms you want to visit. You can pick up a printed Farm Tour Guide at the first farm you visit, or at many areas businesses in Asheville beginning in Mid-May.
Pack supplies: 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.
Plan for a dog sitter: No dogs or other pets are permitted on the tour. They can pose food safety threats and be hazardous to farm animals.
Volunteer for the Tour (and tour for free!)
Volunteers spend one afternoon (12-5 pm) welcoming visitors at a participating farm, and then tour for FREE on the day they aren’t volunteering. Sign up and learn more at the link below.
What is our goal for hosting the Farm Tour?
ASAP began hosting the Farm Tour in 2009 to provide an opportunity for our community to connect in person with their local producers. We believe that these in person experiences are an essential part of building strong relationships between farmers and our communities. The Farm Tours enables visitors to see for themselves how food is grown and raised in the region and ask questions about methods and farm philosophies. For farmers it’s an opportunity to tell their story and make new farm friends. We hope you find your tour experience to be fun and meaningful, and inspire you to become more engaged in your local food community!
See snapshots from past tours:
Thank you to our 2017 Farm Tour Sponsors for making our tour possible!
Interested in being a 2018 Farm Tour sponsor? Contact Scott Bunn at [email protected].
Gain visibility for your business and connect with the region’s passion for local food by sponsoring ASAP’s Farm Tour. Show your community your support for local farms. Contact Scott Bunn at [email protected] to sponsor future tours and ASAP programs!