Monday, September 12, 2011

Meet your farms

The third annual Charlotte Area Farm Tour happens this weekend, with 32 area farms open for self-guided tours, from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 on tour days) and different farms are open different days. Download a map and buy a ticket at, or get them at the Milky Way (Charlotte) both locations of Common Market (Charlotte), the Bradford Store (Huntersville), and three Ben & Jerry's locations (Gastonia, Charlotte and Davidson).

Note: You may be able to get in free, if you're willing to help out. Check the website for more information.

Know Your Farms, a family business based in Davidson, organized the tour and aims to "rebuild our local food system in a sustainable way." On the tour are places that grow fruit, vegetables, livestock (including ostrich and alpaca), mushrooms and wine grapes. Many farms plan activities for kids, from hay rides to petting zoos, and adults, such as live music and cooking demos. Also featured: a Shabby Chic Farm to Fork Dinner at Honey Mountain Farm in Mount Ulla Sept. 17. Tickets for this are sold separately from the tour, are $75 (dinner only) and $100 (farm tour and dinner) and benefit Friendship Trays in Charlotte. Those can be bought on the website, too.


Robie said...

I am not sure why there is a $25-$30 charge for a self-guided tour of farms that want people to learn more about them.