You know the peppers you purchased at the grocery store were grown at Flying Cloud Farm, and your pork chops came from Hickory Nut Gap, but the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project is offering folks an opportunity to go straight to the source. The Family Farm Tour, now in its 14th season, encompasses 37 farms in six counties. It’s a chance to meet the folks who grow and raise your food, and also sample their offerings.
Many farms sell meats, cheeses, preserves, and produce on location, and attendees are encouraged to bring coolers. People can learn about farming practices like rotational grazing or cheese making. This interaction fosters a more direct connection between person and product says ASAP spokesperson Rose McLarney. “Once you identify with a farm and the people who run it, you might seek out the [business] name at the grocery store next time.” Additionally, some farms will showcase artisan crafts. At East Fork, Dawn Robertson’s pottery is on display along with the baby lambs, rabbits, and chicks.
To participate, purchase a button (admits one car) and download an event brochure and map from ASAP’s website. Like the group’s slogan says, you’ll be “a thousand miles fresher” once you hit the road.
Family Farm Tour
June 26 & 27
$30 per car, $25 advance