Get Ready for the Piedmont Farm Tour 2016

Haw River Ranch - David Darr. Photo Source: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, NC.
Haw River Ranch - David Darr. Photo Source: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, NC.

Originally published March 17, 2016. Updated April 6, 2016
— Kay Whatley, Editor

Piedmont Farm Tour Returns with Spring!

NC Piedmont Farm Tour 2016 logo. Source: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, NC.
NC Piedmont Farm Tour 2016 logo. Source: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, NC.

The 2016 Piedmont Farm Tour is scheduled, rain or shine, for April 23-24, 2016. The tour runs 2-6pm on both dates. The tour offers the opportunity for NC residents to meet local farmers, and have a fun day with friends or family walking around local farms.

Visit, talk with farmers, and walk around these local, sustainable farms. Visitors may be invited to try out or purchase each farm’s products: meat, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and more, from in the Piedmont area of NC.

This farm tour, now in its 21st year, is co-sponsored by Weaver Street Market and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA). The tour is an educational event produced by the CFSA. According to their website, “Weaver Street Market has been an essential partner in building the Piedmont Farm Tour into a Triangle institution.”

The tour is self-guided. Choose the farms you want to visit on the interactive map at www.carolinafarmstewards.org/pft/ or follow one of our suggested Piedmont Farm Tour Adventure Trails. Visit any farm in any order. And, don’t forget to take a cooler so that you can bring home some of the farm fresh products for sale at many farms!

Sorry, but no pets are allowed on the tour. These are working farms, often with their own animals, or restricted areas for processing food and produce.

Complete information about the tour and the farms, with interactive maps and tour tickets: www.carolinafarmstewards.org/pft/.

Questions may be directed to Leah Joyner, CFSA’s Education Coordinator, by email or by calling 919.542.2402.

Register for the Farm Tour

The tour button fee is $35; but, advance tickets are $30 per car (not per person) for all farms, all weekend long. Purchase a button, which becomes the car’s pass and is good for however many people fit in the car.

Tourists may also choose to john the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, and then as a member save $5 on advance button purchase.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.carolinafarmstewards.org/pft/, at Weaver Street Market at their locations in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough NC, and at many other convenient locations throughout the Triangle area. To register online, or locate a button-sales location, visit www.carolinafarmstewards.org/buy-your-tickets-for-the-piedmont-farm-tour.

Volunteer at a Farm during the Tour

Farms take work, and extra hands are needed to assist farm workers and tourists during the Farm Tour. To volunteer during the 2016 Piedmont Farm Tour, visit the tour’s volunteering page.

Volunteers take the tour for free and receive a limited-edition Piedmont Farm Tour tee-shirt.

Take the Piedmont Farm Tour

Load up a car with family and friends of all ages.  Choose which farms to visit, and then follow the tour map or their “Adventure Trail” to farms located in Alamance, Chatham, Orange, and Person Counties.

Be sure to have the tour button handy, as that is the car’s pass and the way to gain entry to these local farms. The farm tour is “rain or shine” — just like farming! Farms expected to be included in the 2016 Piedmont Farm Tour are:

For more information on the Piedmont Farm Tour, and other events by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, visit www.carolinafarmstewards.org/events.  A farm tour brochure (PDF) is available on this link.

Ed. Note: Details above are from the CFSA event website; check that site for updates as the event dates near.

Fickle Creek, gathering eggs-Julie Williams Dixon. Photo Source: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, NC.
Fickle Creek, gathering eggs-Julie Williams Dixon. Photo Source: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, NC.

 

Timberwood Organics - Julie Williams Dixon. Photo Source: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, NC.
Timberwood Organics – Julie Williams Dixon. Photo Source: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, NC.

 

Maple Spring Gardens - Grace Kanoy. Photo Source: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, NC.
Maple Spring Gardens – Grace Kanoy. Photo Source: Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, NC.
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