On June 22 and 23, 19 Appalachian Grow family farms will welcome visitors during ASAP’s highly anticipated annual Farm Tour. This fun and educational weekend offers the public a chance to experience firsthand how food is grown and raised in the mountains, sample farm-fresh products, and meet the community’s local producers.
Farms, all located within an hour drive of Asheville, will offer visitors guided tours, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and tastings from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The tour is family-friendly and a great outing for visitors of all ages and abilities. Every year, ASAP introduces new farms on the tour and brings back old favorites, including creameries, u-pick farms, vineyards, flower farms, fiber producers, and more.
“ASAP’s Farm Tour has been an important connection between our family farm and our customers,” said Christine Owen, whose Spinning Spider Creamery in Marshall, North Carolina, has been a highlight of many past tours and will featured again in 2019. “It allows us to showcase the emphasis we place on the health and well-being of our animals and to demonstrate how the quality of our cheese ties directly to the fact that our goats are happy and loved.”
Farm Tour passes are on sale now for $30 at asapconnections.org. One pass admits a carload of visitors to all farms both days. Passes can also be purchased the weekend of the tour from any participating farm for $40.
“It can be hard to choose which farms to visit, so we encourage tour goers to plan ahead and find farms that match their interests,” advises ASAP Event Coordinator Robin Lenner. Farm Tour guides, including a map, driving directions, tour tips, and descriptions of participating farms, will be available at area business in mid-May. More information, including details on volunteering and attending the tour for free, can be found at asapconnections.org or by calling 828-236-1282.
2019 Farm Tour Participating Farms
First-time Farm Tour participants are denoted with an asterisk. Check asapconnections.org for the most up-to-date information, as additional farms may be added.
- Addison Farms Vineyard (Leicester, NC)
- Appalachian Ridge Artisan Ciders (Hendersonville, NC)
- Farm Fresh Ventures (Old Fort, NC)
- Farm House Beef (Marshall, NC)
- Flying Cloud Farm (Fairview, NC)
- Franny’s Farm (Leicester, NC)
- Good Fibrations Angora Goats (Barnardsville, NC)
- Greenshine Farms (Marshall, NC)
- Hickory Nut Gap Farm (Fairview, NC)
- Long Branch Environmental Education Center (Leicester, NC)
- Mills River Creamery and Dairy (Mills River, NC)
- North River Farms (Mills River, NC)
- Round Mountain Creamery (Black Mountain, NC)
- Sideways Farm & Brewery (Etowah, NC)
- Smoking J’s Fiery Foods (Candler, NC)
- Spinning Spider Creamery (Marshall, NC)
- Terra Lingua Growers (Etowah, NC)
- Two Trees Farm (Canton, NC)
- Venezia Dream Alpaca Farm (Candler, NC)
To learn more about ASAP’s work in the region, visit asapconnections.org, or call 828-236-1282.