Dr. King’s Farm/Carolina Bison NEW
Dr. Frank King
356 Ridgeview Road, Leicester
Dr. King’s Farm is home for bison, camels, African Watusi cattle, Himalayan yak, and elk. Visitors can experience these exotic animals as they graze in pastures surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Take a wagon tour to see the animals up close at 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00 on both days. Arrive 15 minutes early for tours.
For sale on tour: Bison and elk meat, farm-themed gift items
Enjoy a meal: Bison hot dogs
More for kids: Hay wagon rides through the Bison, Watusi Cattle, Himalayan Yak, Elk, and Camel pastures
Directions: I-240 W to US-19/23/Patton Ave.; right onto Hwy. 63/New Leicester Hwy. Travel about 3 miles on Hwy. 63/New Leicester Hwy. and turn right on Mount Carmel Rd. In 1.6 miles continue onto Old Highway 20 and follow for 3 miles (keeping left at intersection). Turn left at curve onto Ridgeview Rd. and follow for .8 mile. Farm is on the left.
Gaining Ground Farm
Anne and Aaron Grier
222 Sluder Branch Road, Leicester
Walk through our vegetable fields and see a large diversity of crops grown for sale for our CSA, tailgate markets, and restaurants, and see our heritage breed Red Devon cattle grazing the adjoining pastures. Our production models include mechanical cultivation, plasticulture, drip irrigation, heirloom seed, cover crops, and crop rotation. We will have our cultivating tractors and equipment on display.
For sale on tour: Vegetables and eggs
Directions: I-240 W to US-19/23/Patton Ave.; right onto Hwy. 63/New Leicester Hwy. Travel 6.6 miles on Hwy. 63/New Leicester Hwy. and turn right onto Old Leicester Hwy. After .9 mile turn left onto Sluder Branch Rd./State Rd.1617 and travel about 1 mile to farm on the left.
Jazzy Acres Alpaca Ranch
This farm is no longer on the tour. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Addison Farms Vineyard
Dianne, Maleada, Eddie, and Jeff Frisbee
4005 New Leicester Hwy., Leicester
Addison Farms Vineyard is a fourth-generation family farm in Leicester. We started our vineyard in 2009 to preserve this working farm for future generations. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of our vineyard at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30, and those 21 or older can experience our wines in our tasting room.
For sale on tour:“Winemaker’s Tour” (separate from our general tour) will be offered for $30 on the hour between 12-3 pm, featuring a more in-depth look at growing grapes and making wine. Wine tastings for $10.
Directions: Travel about 14 miles on Hwy. 63/New Leicester Hwy. The farm is on the right, just past Union Baptist Church on the left. Driveway is the first right after the cemetery.
Farm House Beef
Carolyn and Mike Bradley
978 Piney Grove Rd., Marshall
Stretch your legs and hit the trail on our picturesque 130-acre family farm. Enjoy guided tours and a hayride to our scenic ridge top at 2300’. Learn about our rotational grazing practices, grass-finishing of beef, and humane handling of Angus cattle. Come later in the afternoon to catch our calves grazing in the field (greatest number visible from 3 to 5 pm). We will also offer cooking demonstrations on beef stock, the perfect steak, and barbecue.
Enjoy a meal: Barbecue and burger plates with chips and drinks
For sale on tour: All cuts of beef
More for kids: Story time, plus a reading and art corner
Directions: I-240 W to US-19/23/Patton Ave.; right onto Hwy. 63/New Leicester Hwy. Travel about 13 miles on Hwy. 63/New Leicester Hwy. to Hwy. 1001/Meadows Town Rd. and turn right toward Marshall. Travel about 3 miles and take a left on Piney Grove Rd. (no street sign; look for Piney Grove Baptist Church sign). Travel 1 mile to the farm house.
Frances and Jeff Tacy
22 Franny’s Farm Rd., Leicester
Find out why they call our farm “the bowl of heaven.” We feature vegetable, flower and bee gardens, u-pick blueberries, and friendly farm animals such as sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, and a donkey. Tour our event barn, farm house, and the ecovillage on the ridge with cabins and camping. This year, we are also offering guided tours of our industrial hemp plot.
For sale on tour: Seasonal produce, heritage chickens, honey, edible flowers, herbs, baked goods, spices, and more in our farm store. There will be other local farms from the Leicester area with booths set up.
More for kids: Farm games and activities, including jumbo slides, hammocks, frollicking with baby goats, canoeing in the pond, tetherball, corn hole, and more!
Enjoy a meal: Lunch meal available
Directions: I-240 W to US-19/23/Patton Ave.; right onto Hwy. 63/New Leicester Hwy. Travel about 10 miles on Hwy. 63/New Leicester Hwy. and turn left on South Turkey Creek Rd. Go .6 miles and take the first right onto Franny’s Farm Rd. Stay left on the gravel road to the farm.
Long Branch Environmental Education Center
Paul and Pat Gallimore
278 Boyd Cove Rd., Leicester
Tour an edible landscape of berries, American Chestnut hybrids, and over 72 varieties of heritage apple trees. Learn about our permaculture practices and how we use passive solar energy to heat our water, greenhouses, and buildings. Enjoy nature trails, waterfalls, and wildlife.
For sale on tour: Plants, including heritage red raspberry, native black cap raspberry, wineberry, thornless blackberry, Himalayan blackberry, and many varieties of blueberry; honey, raspberry and blueberry jam; books
Directions: I-240 W to US-19/23/Patton Ave.; right onto Hwy. 63/New Leicester Hwy. Travel 11 miles on Hwy. 63/New Leicester Hwy. and turn left onto North Turkey Creek Rd. After about 1.4 miles, bear right onto State Rd. 1401/Earlys Mountain Rd. and proceed about 5 miles. The road turns into Big Sandy Mush Rd. and Bald Creek Rd. Turn right onto Boyd Cove Rd. and continue 1.3 miles to the LBEEC sign. Go up the rocky gravel drive to parking area. The gravel drive may not be suitable for vehicles with low clearance.