Georgia Mountains Farm Tour
When: 1-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26
Where: Northeast Georgia Farms
- Saturday Farms: Sustainable Farm at Toccoa Falls College, Dances with Bees, Robert’s Family Blueberry Farm, Wauka Meadows Sustainable Farm, Glo-Crest Dairy, Bramberi Farm & Gardens, Loganberry Heritage Farm and Grove Place Farm
- Sunday Farms: Timpson Creek Farm, Wolffork Valley Farm, Sylvan Falls Mill B&B, Mill Gap Farm, Stack Farms, Blue Ridge Honey Company and Chattooga Belle Farm
Nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains are numerous farms, producing endless staples for people across the state.
For the fifth year, the public is invited to tour these farms, including eight new locations in the region.
The Georgia Mountains Farm Tour will be 1-6 p.m. June 25-26. Fifteen farms and four farm-to-table meal stops will be available for guests traveling along the two-day, self-guided tour.
Meal stops include lunch Saturday at Copper Pot Gardens, 150 Pristine Drive, Clarkesville; dinner Saturday at Harvest Habersham, 1362 Washington St., Clarkesville; lunch Sunday at the Red Barn Cafe at Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 2592 Old 441 S., Tiger; and dinner Sunday at Fortify Kitchen and Bar, 69 N. Main St., Clayton.
Reservations are required in some locations.
The tour is the annual fundraiser for the Georgia Mountains Farmers Network, a nonprofit organization that aims to bolster local, sustainable agriculture.
“The purpose is to connect to the local food producers in the area,” tour organizer Andrew Linker said. “It’s an opportunity to discover new farms in the area. … and it’s also the Georgia Mountains Farmers Network’s only fundraiser for the year.”
Linker said each farm offers a different experience. Wauka Meadows Sustainable Farm in Clermont will have activities for children to find their own chicken eggs and for guests to try some smoked meats.
Passes for the tour can be purchased through the Georgia Mountains Farmers Network website EatWellBuyLocal.org, in-person at Northeast Georgia Locally Grown pickup locations northeastgeorgia.locallygrown.net, and the Clarkesville Farmers Market clarkesvillefarmersmarket.com.
Basic weekend passes are $35 per car. Tourists may add an additional tax-deductible donation to pass purchases.
Additional pass options include the Farm Steward, which comes with a Georgia Mountains Farm Tour T-shirt and recognition on the Farm Tour website.
Hours at each farm are from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26. Attendees are encouraged to visit three or four farms per day, to make reservations at the food stops and to bring coolers and cash for purchasing products at the farms.
“I would encourage readers to join on this tour just to ask as many questions as possible and to know the person that grows their food,” Linker said. “And maybe learn some new techniques and more about sustainable farming in the area.”