High Country Farm Tour Aug. 6-7
Celebrate the abundance of the High Country while supporting local farms in Watauga, Ashe, Wilkes, Avery and Alleghany counties.
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture host the 2011 High Country farm tour Aug. 6 and 7, from 2 to 6 p.m.
Participants will be treated to wine and cheese tastings and watch demonstrations of fiber arts, worm composting and mushroom production, while learnign more about raising alpacas, llamas, chickens, goats, horses and other farm animals.
Participants will be able to tour a working goat dairy, honey house and shiitake structure.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a cooler and an appetite.
A variety of vegetables and fruits, meat, eggs, artisan cheeses, herbs, mushrooms, honey, molasses, preserves, cider, cut flowers, fiber products, cookbooks and homemade soaps will be available for purchase.
The farm tour is self-guided, so visitors should pick up a guidebook and ticket in advance.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 if purchased at a farm, allowing the passengers of one vehicle to visit farms on both days of the tour - or pay $10 per farm.
Tickets are available for purchase at Bare Essentials Natural Market, Earth Fare, Mast General Store in downtown Boone, Mast General Store Valle Crucis, Cooperative Extension (Watauga Center), Stick Boy Bread Company, Watauga County Farmers' Market or online at http://www.brwia.org.
Farm tour guides are available at all ticket outlets and contain farm descriptions, driving directions and maps.
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture is dedicated to strengthening the High Country's local food system by supporting women and their families with resources, education and skills related to sustainable food and agriculture.
The 2010 High Country Farm Tour is sponsored by Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture with generous support from Heifer International, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, High Country Grown, Stick Boy Bread Company, Gamekeeper, ASU's Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Program, Orchard Hill Media, and the Armfield and Rachel Rivers Coffey Memorial Fund, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation.