What: ASAP's 2011 Family Farm Tour. The Family Farm Tour is coordinated by Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project and sponsored by Biltmore and Greenlife Grocery. WNC Magazine is a media sponsor. Over one summer weekend, community members can learn how food grows, taste farm-fresh treats, interact with farm animals and meet our community's food producers. Join us to celebrate our agricultural heritage and enjoy our beautiful rural landscape!
When: Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, from 1 until 6 p.m. each day
Where: 41 farms across WNC, with 18 new farm stops in Buncombe, Madison, Yancey and Haywood counties.
How: Pack your car with a group of friends or family members and set out on an agricultural adventure! One button admits an entire carload; the more people in your vehicle, the better the deal. Buttons are $25 in advance, or $30 the day of the event. Or you can pay $10 per carload to visit individual farms.
Pick up a 2011 Family Farm Tour Guide at area groceries and other businesses selling buttons (see sidebar for list of locations) for a map, tour tips and other details, and be on the lookout for tour signs as you travel to guide you to your destinations.
New for 2011: This year, your ASAP Family Farm Tour button also gets you into PolkFresh’s Agri-Tour, a one-day farm tour taking place in Polk County on Saturday, June 25. Details at polkcountyfarms.org.
For more information, including lists of participating farms and places selling buttons, visit familyfarmtour.com or call 236-1282. Also follow ASAP on Facebook and Twitter for more details and to share your Family Farm Tour experience.
Also new this year: ASAP’s new online trip planner will integrate with the participating farm stops! In advance of the weekend, visitors can head over to buyappalachian.org/map to map their specific tour trip.
About ASAP: ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. For more information, visit asapconnections.org or call 236-1282.