WNC farms welcome visitors during the holiday season

Press release from North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services:

Whether you’re choosing the perfect Christmas tree, learning in a workshop with friends, or picking out a great gift for grandma, N.C. farms are open this holiday season with a variety of agritourism experiences for everyone to enjoy.

“North Carolina is home to more than 1,000 agritourism farms, and each offers a unique experience,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “As you make plans for family this holiday season, I encourage you to consider an agritourism activity and learn more about the state’s $87 billion agriculture industry.”

Following is a list of farms offering special agritourism activities this holiday season and into the winter. Visitors are encouraged to verify event dates and hours of operations before they go.

Western North Carolina

Darnell Farms in Byson City will offer Christmas trees, wreaths, candy, lights and more through New Year’s Eve.

Devine Farms in Newton will have visits with Santa on Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Santa photo fundraiser will help make Christmas a little brighter for area families in need. The event also includes a bake sale, wagon rides, bonfire and music.

Elkin Creek Vineyard in Elkin will host a Holiday Wine Dinner on Dec. 15 featuring a three-course meal with wine pairing. Registration is required. The vineyard also has winter cabin weekend packages January through March.

Good Karma Ranch in Iron Station is having a Holiday Open House on Dec. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will have the chance to meet the alpacas and purchase last-minute gifts in the farm store.

Miss Angels Farm in Mt. Airy offers educational field trips that teach about pruning, grafting and fruit-tree care. The farm will offer an outdoor Woodturning Pizza for Lovers event on Feb. 14. Reservation is required.

New Beginnings Historic Farm in Rutherfordton will hold a holiday-themed farm event Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event includes a visit with Santa, candlelight tours, farm animals, hayrides, hot apple cider and more.

OakMoon Farm in Bakersville will hold several goat-related workshops during the winter season including a goat husbandry workshop on Feb. 2; doe care and kidding intensive workshop on March 9; and rearing goat kids workshop on March 10. See website for more details and registration.

Stowe Dairy Christmas Tree Farm in Gastonia opens for the season on Nov. 17 and will remain open until all the trees are sold. Santa will make special appearances Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 from 1-5 p.m.

Trosly Farm in Elk Park features a farm store with fresh breads, handmade chocolates, farm-raised pork, spices, gifts and more. The farm store is open Saturdays through Dec. 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Woodland Harvest Mountain Farm in West Jefferson will launch an eight-month series where the farm will plan, design and implement a cordwood-and-cob, natural timber structure on its property. The first weekend workshop is Feb. 8-10. Registration is available on the farm’s website.

More information about each farm may be found online.

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