Connect with our region’s farmers and get a behind-the-scenes tour of local food in the mountains!
ASAP’s Farm Tour is a chance to experience 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 a family-friendly event and a great outing for visitors of all ages, abilities, and interests. Join us for our 2019 Farm Tour on June 22-23, 12-5 pm at farms across WNC!
About ASAP’s Farm Tour
ASAP’s Farm Tour is our annual event to connect people to our region’s local farms and producers. Farms on the tour welcome the public to visit their farms and meet their families over one summer weekend. Each participating farm provides guided and self-guided tours, demonstrations, and other unique hands-on experiences. Tour goers choose which farms to visit over the weekend.
The Farm Tour is held annually on the last weekend in late June. Our next Farm Tour will be 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. Purchase your 2019 Farm Tour Pass.
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 to see about three to four farms 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. 2019 Participating farms will be announced this spring.
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. See a list of farms that participated in our 2018 Farm Tour.
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 $40 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.
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
Take photos of your tour experience and enter 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.
Learn more about the tour:
Looking to visit more farms?
Many local farms welcome visitors for tours, u-pick, and special events throughout the year. Search our online Local Food Guide for more farms to visit throughout the seasons. Search by farms and select “visit” to find a farm near you hosting guests and activities.
Sponsor the Farm Tour:
Gain visibility for your business and connect with the region’s passion for local food with a sponsorship of ASAP’s Farm Tour. ASAP’s Farm Tour is the premier farm event in the region, welcoming more than 1,500 area residents and tourists who meet farmers, learn about agriculture in the mountains, and buy local food! Contact Emily Jackson at [email protected] to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and how to showcase your support of local food and farms.