September 21-22, 2013
Here's your chance to visit farms in the Asheville area that are not normally open to the public. The Farm Tour will open 31 Appalachian Grown™ certified farms across Western North Carolina. The region is home to agriculture of all kinds, ranging from century farms cultivated by the same family for generations, to certified organic farms, to urban gardens.
The self-guided tour offers a chance for you to learn how food grows, taste farm-fresh products, meet farm animals, and shake hands with the community’s food producers.
Advance passes are $25/car at asapconnections.org and at select area businesses and tailgate markets. One pass admits an entire carload to any participating farm both days. Passes can also be purchased the day of the tour at the first farm stop for $30, or individual farms can be toured for $10. Farm Tour guides are available online and from pass vendors. Guides include a map, directions, and tips.
New this year, farm listings also include details about children’s activities. Additionally, the guide includes information about the Farm Tour Photo Contest. This year’s contest winners will receive free coffee for an entire year from Appalachian Grown partner restaurant Green Sage Coffeehouse & Café and a free pass to next year’s Farm Tour.
September 21 and 22 aren’t the only important dates when it comes to this year’s big event. For the first time, ASAP will host a live tour Twitter chat on Tuesday, September 17, from noon until 1 pm. The chat is a chance for attendees to get their Farm Tour questions answered and hear tips for making the most of the event from ASAPers and past attendees. Those wishing to participate can simply tag their questions and tips #asapfarmtour.
Thursday, September 19, marks ASAP’s first Farm Tour kickoff party, hosted in partnership with Appalachian Grown partner eatery Sunny Point Café at 626 Haywood Road in West Asheville. The Spade to Spoon Social will run 6-9 pm and feature special stations for beer, wine, and local food from Sunny Point’s on-site garden and area farms. While enjoying food and beverages, attendees can tour the restaurant’s garden and learn how their chefs use homegrown veggies in seasonal specials. ASAP staff members will be present to answer Farm Tour questions. For $20, attendees will receive five tickets to exchange at food and drink stations; advance tickets can be purchased at asapconnections.org along with tour passes. Sunny Point is graciously donating a percentage of ticket sales to ASAP.
Those interested in taking the tour can find more information, including a list of pass vendors and details on volunteering and attending the tour for free, at asapconnections.org. ASAP’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as their community website fromhere.org, will feature event information and stories leading up to the tour. Participants are also invited to share their journey via social media using #asapfarmtour during the weekend.
|Western NC Farms on Tour - also see Farms to Tour Year-Round
- Addison Farms Vineyard
- Adelbert Farm
- Cloud 9 Farm
- Flying Cloud Farm
- Gaining Ground Farm
- Good Fibrations
- Hawk and Ivy Bed and Breakfast
- Hickory Nut Gap Farm
- Imladris Farm
- Long Branch Environmental Education Center
- Razor Mountain
- Round Mountain Creamery
- Smoking J’s Fiery Foods and Farm
- Venezia Dream Farm
- Holly Spring Farm and Nursery
- J. H. Stepp Farms Hillcrest Orchard
- Justus Orchard
- Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards
- Bee Tree Farm and Vineyard
- Dry Ridge Farm
- Farmhouse Beef
- Wake Robin Farm Breads
- Wild Mountain Apiaries
- Foothills Pasture Raised Meats
- Farm Fresh Ventures
- Vandele Farms on Cedar Creek
- Duck Dance Farm
- Mountain Gardens
- Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms
- Wellspring Farm