Georgia Mountains Farm Tour
When: 1-6 p.m. June 27-28
Where: Locations are:
- Allison’s Honey, Cleveland
- Wauka Meadows Farm, Clermont
- Mountain Fresh Creamery, Clermont
- Melon Head Farm, Clarkesville
- Harvest Habersham (meal stop), Clarkesville
- CopperPot Gardens (meal stop), Clarkesville
- Liberty Farm, Clarkesville
- Mountain Earth Farms, Clarkesville
- The Veggie Patch, Commerce
- Leah Lake Far, Otto, N.C.
- Lazy L Ranch, Rabun Gap
- Sylvan Falls Mill B&B, Rabun Gap
- Fortify Kitchen & Bar (meal stop), Clayton
- Old School Garden, Clayton
- Mill Gap Farm, Tiger
- Tiger Mountain Vineyards (meal stop), Tiger
- Blue Ridge Honey Company, Lakemont
- Chattooga Belle Farm (meal stop), Long Creek, S.C.
- Taylor Creek Farm, Toccoa
- Red Dust Ranch, Toccoa
- Bring cash for food stops and to purchase items.
- Travel at your own pace and choose about four different stops for each day to enjoy yourself at each farm.
- Pack a cooler with ice for items to buy and take home.
- Meal stops open at 11 a.m. so you can fill up before going on farm tours.
- Remember to dress for the weather.
As eating sustainable and local food becomes all the craze, one regional event will teach more about these lifestyle choices.
The Georgia Mountains Farm Tour kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27, all across North Georgia and ends at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 28.
Sponsored by Georgia Mountains Farmers Network, the fourth year of the event promises to be even more exciting than ever before.
“Over half the farm stops are new this year for anyone (who) came out and enjoyed this event last year,” Georgia Mountains Farm Tour coordinator Andrew Linker said.
New farms participating in the tour this year include the Veggie Patch at Bouchard Farms, a vegetable farm near Commerce, Mountain Earth Farms in Clarkesville and Wauka Meadows Farm in Clermont.
Another new element is the CropMob! 2015, which will be June 22-26.
During the CropMob, North Georgia residents may spend a few hours pulling weeds and helping out on some of the farms, allowing for an intimate experience and even save a little money on the ticket.
Tickets are $35 for a carload of up to seven. Ticketholders may use their passes for a full weekend of access to the farms on the self-guided tour. For one day of activities, tickets are $20.
Though residents may visit as many farms as they wish on a particular day, the Farmers Network has a few suggestions.
“You can pick about three to four farms that have the most interest to you each day, and plan to stop at one of the four meal stops,” Linker said.
While visitors learn and discover the advantages of eating local and sustainable food, they can taste the difference personally.
Organizers also recommend bringing a cooler to load up on everything from local produce such as blueberries, squash and different lettuces to cornmeal, pork and honey for sale. This will enable residents to bring the tastes of the farm home.
“This is our only benefit for the Georgia Mountains Farmers Network. This helps people get in touch with what they are eating and where it came from,” Linker said.
Brochures are available throughout North Georgia, but can be found at Northeast Georgia Locally Grown, 322 Academy St. in Gainesville from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
For more information, visit eatwellbuylocal.org.