ASAP’s Farm Tour is a chance to experience in person 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.
We hope you had a wonderful Farm Tour Weekend!
Experience awesome snapshots of this year’s Farm Tour by searching #asapfarmtour on social media or by visiting our our social media sites on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Enter our Farm Tour photography contest by Tuesday, June 26 to win a free tour pass, a cooler bag, and your photo featured in the Asheville-Citizen Times.
Missed the Farm Tour or inspired to visit more farms? Many local farms welcome visitors for tours, u-pick, and special events throughout the year. Search our Local Food Guide for more farms to visit throughout the season. Search by farms and select “visit” to find farms near you welcoming guests.
About ASAP’s Farm Tour
ASAP’s Farm Tour is our annual event to connect our region to their local farms and producers. Participating farms are open during one weekend to welcome the public 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.
The Farm Tour is held annually on the last weekend in late June. Our next Farm Tour will be June June 22-23, 2019; 12-5 pm both days.
Farm Tour passes are per car and are $30 in advance (by Friday), or $40 the weekend of the tour. One pass is good for an entire vehicle. Passes can be purchased online, or from the first farm you visit with cash or check.
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, methods, and farm 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 features farms in the Central Mountains of Western North Carolina all within an hour drive of Asheville, NC. Each year we feature new farms and areas of Western North Carolina to showcase the different farms of our region. This year’s tour is in Buncombe, Henderson, and Yancey counties.
How to prepare for your Farm Tour weekend:
Purchase your tour 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. All sales are final.
Map your tour route and directions: Browse our list of participating farms and plan in advance which farms you want to visit. Map directions between farms in advance. You can also pick up a printed Farm Tour Guide at many areas businesses in Asheville and in surrounding areas prior to the tour. View an electronic version of the 2018 Farm Tour Guide.
Pack supplies: Use our Farm Tour Planning Tips for recommendations on what to bring to with you on the tour, including good walking shoes, a water bottle, 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.
Bring a camera: Help us celebrate our 10 year anniversary by participating in our Farm Tour Photo Contest!
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.