2016 Piedmont Farm Tour: Fun for Kids and Foodies
Tour organic farms to meet farmers, learn about farm life and savor delicious food
Looking for a spring outing your kids will love? Check out the Piedmont Farm Tour, 2-6 p.m., April 23-24. Now in its 21st year, the tour draws visitors of all ages to local and organic farms to meet farmers, learn about farm life and savor delicious food.
This year, the tour features 38 sustainable working farms in Orange, Chatham, Alamance and Person counties. Kids will get to see baby barn animals, enjoy hayrides, tour organic produce farms and learn firsthand about all the work that goes into sustainably grown food. Foodies can look forward to tasting goat and cow cheese at award-winning dairies and learn about local wine and craft beer production. Take a cooler as you can buy farm fresh products, including mushrooms, pasture-raised meats, freshly laid eggs and sustainably grown vegetables.
Photo courtesy of Grace Kanoy/Maple Spring Gardens
Have a Plan for Farms You Want to Visit
The tour is self-guided with families paying per car, so you can drive your family to whichever farms you choose to visit in any order you like. See one farm or opt to see several or all! Browse the interactive map at carolinafarmstewards.org/pft or follow one the suggested Piedmont Farm Tour Adventure Trails. Leave Fido at home; no pets are allowed. The tour happens rain or shine, so plan on wearing rain gear if needed.
Where to Get Tickets
Tickets are $30 (in advance) for all of a car’s occupants, which allows them to visit all farms the entire weekend. Tickets are $35 the day of registration per car. The event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and Weaver Street Market, and proceeds support the work of CFSA. If you opt to become a CFSA member, you pay $25 in advance. Your button is your car pass, which is good for all of a car’s occupants. Buy tickets online at carolinafarmstewards.org/pft or at Weaver Street Market locations in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough, and at many other convenient locations throughout the Triangle. See this website for details.
Photo courtesy of Julie Williams Dixon/Fickle Creek